Joe Van Gogh
Organic Fair-Trade Timor
|Roaster Location:||Hillsborough, North Carolina|
|Coffee Origin:||East Timor.|
|Review Date:||February 2010|
Blind Assessment: Earth, nut and chocolate in the balanced aroma. In the cup a lemony, slightly bitter acidity, silky, lightly syrupy mouthfeel, and a simple, crisp flavor with continued earth, nut and chocolate complications. A rich, sweet finish fades to mild astringency.
Notes: Certified organic and Fair Trade, meaning this coffee was purchased from small-holding farmers at a "fair" or economically sustainable price. East Timor shares the island of Timor with Indonesia. Mainly Catholic and Portuguese-speaking East Timor was much in the news in the late 1990s when it finally achieved independence from Indonesia after a complex, bloody struggle that began with its forcible annexation by its giant neighbor. Timor's coffee industry staged a persuasive recovery from the ravages of that struggle before the country experienced new political and social disorders in 2006 through 2008. Timor's coffee production is dominated by small-holding peasant farmers, and produces a cup that is an interesting variant on the sweet, earthy/pungent style of small-producer coffees elsewhere in the region. Joe Van Gogh is coffee roasting company with a focus on certified organic coffees. In addition its internet retail, the roaster runs three coffeehouses in Durham and Chapel Hill. Visit
Who Should Drink It: A Fair-Trade certified coffee from a country that has endured great hardships. Lovers of the rougher style of Sumatra should enjoy it.
This review originally appeared in the February, 2010 tasting report: Coffees of Sulawesi, Bali, Java, Flores, East Timor