Cooperativa Café Timor (CCT) was founded in the wake of the destruction that was left behind in East Timor after it gained independence from Indonesia in 1999. In 2000 a group of farmers, in an attempt to successfully market their coffee, united to form CCT. Today, the organisation has 19,600 members from 16 base cooperatives and 494 small-scale farmer groups.
CCT obtained Fairtrade certification from Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO) in 2001 and has since greatly benefited from the Fairtrade price. With additional revenue generated from Fairtrade sales, the co-op has been able to upgrade its production facilities including 6 de-pulping machines and 8 fermentation vats, they have also implemented the following programs and services: A healthcare program that includes 9 stationery health clinics and 24 mobile health clinics. The clinics see an average of 18,000 patients per month. Services are provided free of charge to all co-op members.
A business skills development program that provides members with training in bookkeeping, management, English language and computer skills. A wholesale purchasing co-op benefits the local community by providing consumer goods at reasonable prices to small retail outlets in rural areas. To date, this project has assisted over 3,000 members and their families.
This organic coffee features a buttery body with notes of green apple, and cashews.