This week we will be roasting up our Fair Trade, Organic Timor beans from Cooperativa Café Timor (CCT). The legacy of growing coffee in Timor started over 400 years ago, but trouble hit the farms when a plague of leaf rust destroyed most of the crops. In the 1900s a new rust resistant varietal called Híbrido de Timor was introduced to Timor. The beans that make their way to us are from Híbrido de Timor and Bourbon coffee trees.
Today, the small scale, family-owned farms that produce for CCT benefit from being part of the association in many ways. As with many coffee farms, their rural positioning could easily interfere with access to healthcare but CCT funds seven rural healthcare clinics and fourteen rural and community healthcare teams. The global coffee market also provides financial support for growth and stability in a country that was historically wrought with conflict and political instability.