Timor Leste - Duhoho


Origin: East Timor

Region: Letefoho

Village: Duhoho village

Process: Fully Washed

Varietals: Typica, Timor Hybrid and traditional varietals

Certification: Euro Organic, NOP, JAS

Harvest; July-September 

Elevation: 1400m-1600m

Number of producers: 18 farmers

Group Leader: Senhor Miguel Babo Soares

Notes: Raspberry, lemon, black pepper and dark chocolate body

East Timor Duhoho

Duhoho is produced by 18 small holders reside in Duhoho village in south west of Asia’s newest independent country, East Timor. The farms are located at an altitude of 1400m to 1600m above sea level. Duhoho village is located in the center of Letefoho town where coffee growers from other villages visit twice a week to buy and sell daily necessities at a local market. Taking advantage of other farmers moves, our partner Non-Profit Organisation Peace Winds Japan opened a demonstration plot in the village to showcase the effect of pruning on aged coffee trees with low yield and enabled farmers to drop by on the way to the local market. 


Being led by Senhor Miguel Babo Soares, Duhoho members pay great degree of attention to harvest only fully ripe cherries and avoid contamination of defective ones. Their morning starts early during harvest season. Only fully ripe cherries are hand-picked and the harvest finishes just after lunch to process all the cherries within the same day. All the harvests of the day go through a floater selection to eliminate insect damaged beans followed by a de-pulping (wet-processing) with a traditional pulping machine that each farmer possess. After the cherries are removed, parchments are sorted again with a floater selection and fermented for 36 hours. Parchments are then washed, sun-dried on drying tarpaulins and dry-milled after the curing period of minimum 30 days.

The parchments are drymilled in a facility owned by the third party but export partner Café Brisa Serena takes the full control of the operation with their designated staff. All the green coffee beans are then sorted with the colour sorter and by hands of local ladies whom most of them wouldn’t have other means of income otherwise. The green coffee beans are then packed in Ecotact bags and jute bags to be exported.