Timor-Leste was not only the first country to gain independence in the 21st century after a turbulent past, but is also an excellent coffee growing country. Coffee has been grown and exported since 1815, and today, a full quarter of the population derives its livelihood from coffee production.
Timor-Leste is especially known for its sustainable cultivation techniques. This means, for example, that the farmers do not use any kind of fertilizers and grow the coffee exactly as their ancestors did.
Timor-Leste produces mainly Arabica coffee, which is not grown on plantations as in most other countries, but in the forest. Therefore, coffees from Timor-Leste are very aromatic and have slightly chocolaty notes.