This is a very small 1 person roasting operation. My batch size is a minimum of 6 lbs and a maximum of 11 lbs. in order to maintain efficiency and not have excess waste I organize my roasting schedule on a weekly basis. My roasting is performed Wednesdays and, depending on orders occasionally Tuesdays as well. All orders will be shipped either Wednesday or Thursday Priority mail, or UPS ground for locations close enough for 1-4 day deliveries.
You also have the option to select local pick up upon checkout.
The Ratio Eight coffee maker combines precision brewing, top-quality construction, and a design that will elevate any environment. Designed for perfect brewing from 16 to 40 ounces, the Eight uses a smart brewing algorithm to mimic hand-made pour over coffee. The Eight ships with the
Cantilevered top and base made of aerospace-grade die cast aluminum with a satin metallic finish
PEAR, RASPBERRY, CRANBERRY, GRAPE, BROWN BUTTER-MEDIUM ROAST
GROWER: 9 PRODUCERS ORGANIZED AROUND CAFÉ BRISA SERENA
VARIETY: TIMOR HYBRID, TYPICA
REGION: DUCURAI VILLAGE, LETEFOHO SUB-DISTRICT, ERMERA MUNICIPALITY
ALTITUDE: 1300-1500 METERS
SOIL: CLAY LOAM
PROCESS: FULLY WASHED AND DRIED ON RAISED BEDS
Timor-Leste, or East Timor, takes up the eastern half of the greater Timor island, part of the Indonesian archipelago and not far from the northern coast of Australia. It is a young republic with a long and chaotic political history, having only achieved full independence in 2002, after almost 500 years of consecutive occupations by the Portuguese, the Dutch, and Indonesia. Timor-Leste’s coffee is small in overall scale but highly significant to the Timorese, 25% of whom rely on coffee production for their livelihood. The island’s inland forests also happen to be historically significant, being the origin of coffee’s most adaptive genetic cross—the Timor Hybrid—a natural breeding of local robusta and typica trees that was identified in the 1920s, and whose vigorous genetics can be found in countless timor- based cultivars in almost every producing country today. The island’s isolation has also allowed for a unique preservation of endemic typica variety coffees, whose purity and diversity resembles that of nearby Papua New Guinea, and expresses similarly in the cup.
The greater Timor island is sun-baked and humid along its coast, but the interior quickly rises to lush and rugged highlands, with sharp ridges and vibrant grass-covered slopes. The Ermera municipality is one of the island’s highest in elevation and includes its highest peak, Tatamailau. The villages in the mountain’s vicinity are where Café Brisa Serena (CBS), a social enterprise and exporter, has spent the last 10 years developing smallholder coffee value chains.
This coffee is produced by 9 select farmers from the Ducurai village. Ducurai is just north of Tatamailau’s peak. It is one coffee in a small portfolio we import each year from CBS, who began by training remote smallholders in farm management and processing, and who is now a highly capable exporter with some of the best smallholder traceability in the world. Coffee in Letefoho is not young. Trees are tended to for decades, and due to the lofty, vine-like typica varieties throughout, coffee is often harvested by leaning long wooden ramps against the trunk so that pickers can access the sprawling canopy.Farms range between 0.5 and 1.5 hectares only and tend to be well-shaded by evergreen she-oaks, a natural mulcher and nitrogen fixer.
During harvest coffee is picked painstakingly by hand and processed at home on personal or shared pulping equipment, which is often hand-made using wood and textured metal discs. After fermenting in small personal containers, the coffee is dried on raised beds and constantly sorted for quality. Many of the current harvesting and processing standards come directly from CBS, who has helped establish specialty protocols and invested in improvements to processing equipment. The addition of drying structures, for example, has greatly improved farmers’ ability to consistently meet quality standards for moisture content and water activity.
In addition to coffee, Ducurai farmers also manage personal crops of taro and cassava, as well as pigs, goats, fowl, and cows, and many also have personal compost programs in addition to being organic certified.
Café Brisa Serena works with over 400 farmers in the Letefoho area. The organization was formed in close collaboration with Peace Winds Japan, a Japanese NGO that had been working in Timor-Leste’s coffee lands during the first decade after independence, when violence and crumbled infrastructure had disenfranchised many remote coffee communities. CBS continued the development work of Peace Winds, and in 2015 began a formalized specialty export chain. CBS also runs a café in Dili, the nation’s capital, where it promotes Letefoho’s specialty coffee to locals. For more on CBS and Peace Winds Japan, see Evan Gilman’s interview with Armando de Araujo of CBS, here: https://royalcoffee.com/producer- interview-armando-de-araujo-from-cafe-brisa-serena-timor-leste/
My commitment is to source the most sustainably grown coffees we can find that not only maintain, but consistently improve quality and flavor through environmental stewardship. I work with a few great importers that support coffee growers around the world by educating them on sustainable growing and processing practices, as well as helping them to form regional cooperatives that allow more modern washing stations and processing facilities.
Roasted Ott was born because I like my coffee very fresh. I began roasting my own coffee in 2004 after I couldn't find good quality, fresh coffee at the grocery store. Within a few years, I had a following of loyal coffee drinkers, many of whom were the firefighters I worked with at Mesa Fire & Medical. In 2007 I began roasting on a Diedrich 3kg roaster that’s manually operated with gas and air valves. No computerized or automated roasting profiles here, just lots of trial and error, and recording all of the details of every roast on paper.
Want your coffee to show up without asking? Do you like surprises? Each month I will showcase a new arrival, or occasionally a favorite blend, to present for your morning pleasure. Your coffee will be freshly roasted and sent as soon as it cools enough to be packaged and crated, and sent to your door as fast as the wheels can roll. Or if you prefer to pick your favorite, you have that option with any item in the store. And if you just want to try it this time before you commit, that's ok too.