Where is Eratoi?
Eratoi 2 lot is produced by 15 small holders in Eratoi village in the south west of Asia’s newest independent country, East Timor. The farms are located at an altitude of 1600-1700 meters above sea level. The village name of Eratoi in local Mambae language means “rich in water”. Water is plentiful as the name indicates, which makes wet-milling less difficult than in other villages. Eratoi village separates 42 farmers into 3 groups, Eratoi 1, Eratoi 2, Eratoi 3.
These numbers allow for meticulous quality assurance protocols. Being led by Senhor Laurentino Soares, Eratoi 2 members pay a great degree of attention to quality. Only fully ripe cherries are hand picked and the harvest finishes just after lunch. This allows plenty of time to fully process these cherries on the same day.
How do they process coffee?
All the harvests of the day go through a floater selection. Firstly the goal is to eliminate insect damaged cherries followed by a de-pulping (wet processing). Each farmer owns a traditional pulping machine. Secondly the cherries are removed, parchments are sorted again with a floater selection. Third step is a 36 hours fermentation. Lastly and most importantly after fermentation parchments are washed, sun-dried on drying tarpaulins and dry milled after the curing period of a minimum 30 days. The coffee is then transported to the capital and port town of Dili. All green beans are sorted with the colour sorter and by hand before being packed in Ecotact bags and jute sacks prior to export.