Fatu Besi is a mild acid cup, with a sort of smokey sweetness ala dark corn syrup, roasted cacao bittering, caramel Cracker Jacks, and capable of developing robust roast flavors. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Region||Licsala, Fatu Besi, Ermera|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||March 2022 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Timor Hybrid, Typica|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 15-17 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
This wet process coffee was purchased from a milling operation located in Railaco town, Ermera District of East Timor ("Timor Leste"). More specifically, this particular lot is made up of coffees from small coffee producers in the nearby town of Licsala, with the municipality more generally known as Fatu Besi. The farms in Licsala are around 1600 meters above sea level, and coffee stretches up a few hundred meters higher. Most of the coffee processed in Timor is wet process, where fermentation is used to remove much of the coffee fruit, the coffee laid to dry in its protective parchment layer. Most of the coffee planted in this region are Timor hybrids that are resistant to many coffee-related diseases, and older Typica cultivars. This versatile wet process coffee is sure to produce crowd-pleasing cup flavors at both medium and darker roast levels. In that way, it makes a nice substitute for some of the more simple, bittersweet Central American coffees.
Washed Timor's hold such an interesting place within the flavor palette of Indonesian coffee. Most coffee from East Timor are wet-processed, and tend to tick off the boxes of more crowd pleasing type coffee flavors, much like a versatile Latin American coffee. Fatu Besi has a nice, simple sweetness, with mild raw sugar smells, and a bit of roasted cacao-like bittering in the mix. A scent of dark caramel comes up in the steam, and brings to mind Cracker Jacks with peanuts. The caramel flavor comes through in the cup as well, adding to a smokey sweetness that reminded me of dark corn syrup (though not as intense in volume of sweetness). Fatu Besi is a pretty low acid cup too, and capable of developing robust roast flavors, both tend to be qualifiers for espresso consideration.