Harmony Coffee Roaster
PRODUCER: HATUHEI SMALLHOLDERS
COUNTRY: EAST TIMOR
VARIETY: TYPICA, TIMOR HYBRID
IMPORTER: KARST ORGANICS
PROCESSING METHOD: WASHED
FLAVOUR DESCRIPTION: WHITE GRAPE, RED APPLE, MILK CHOCOLATE
ABOUT THIS COFFEE
For the last four years, Kar-yee and Stuart (Who together make up Karst Organics) have been working with the Hatuhei group. Located in the extremely remote highlands of Letefoho, the trip to Hatuhei is an adventure which includes long and winding tracks deep into the mountains.
Cultivated at between 1500 and 1600 MASL, this particular coffee is treated to constant sunny days and cool nights.
The remote location of the village limits income opportunities for its residents, particularly during the wet season when the access routes are treacherous. Carlos de Deus, the lead farmer of the Hatuhei group, is driven to find ways to optimize his community's earning potential through coffee.
Under Carlos's leadership, the group has worked closely together for the past three years, fostering a sense of togetherness and learning from each other. They take the time to process their coffee to the highest quality, with the goal of continuous improvement. Ongoing collaboration with Simao, the lead farmer of the Eratoi group, helps them share ideas on processing and maintain support with materials.
Carlos and the members of Hatuhei aim to share their knowledge with other smallholder farmers in even more remote locations, enabling them to enter the specialty coffee market and increase their annual income. By leveraging their expertise and learning from each other, they hope to grow their communities and transform their futures.
The quality of the coffee alone was enough to persuade us to buy, but it was upon meeting Stuart at the Nottingham Coffee Festival and seeing his passion first hand that we realised what a special project this was indeed.