Saturday, March 24, 2007

Timor Aifu beans

Bought me a half pounder of Timor Aifu beans in Lisbon.
I thought it would be a good idea to write a review about this, for Belgium, not very known coffee.

In Indonesia we have a couple of well known coffee regions ; Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi. This one is less known, but may most definitely step foot next to the other.
As Sweet Maria (top roasting company from the States) states it :
After gaining political independence from Indonesia, Timor-Leste (formerly called East Timor) still has a long way to go ... it's a rough place. Many institutions are not self-sufficient and the economy has few bright spots. And coffee is one of them. Timor has 2 major regions producing coffee: Maubesse is higher-altitude terrain than Aifu region.
We've been pulling a dozen espresso shots and are delighted about the result.
It's a well balanced cup in where we find back this typical Indonesian earthy flavor, but not as strong as within the others, spices and strenght, a light mocca touch en a very smooth finish!
It's a bit comparable to some Java's, but not so heavy and difficult.

And maybe the most spectacular about this pack is the price. I paid €2,12!! That's not a bargain, it's a steal!

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