Smallholders in Aileu cultivate coffee at 1,550 to 1,600 metres above sea level. Their dedication to producing high quality cherry, combined with careful centralised processing at a mill in Gleno, helps produce an excellent Natural coffee.
This coffee was cultivated by 542 smallholders in Aileu in Timor Leste. Their farms are typically small and are located at 1,550 to 1,600 metres above sea level. The landscape in Aileu is steep and mountainous with high altitudes that are perfect for coffee cultivation.
Farmers selectively handpick ripe, red cherry and sell it to a mill in Gleno. At the mill, cherry is laid to sundry. Cherry is raked frequently to ensure even drying. It takes approximately 18 to 22 days for the cherry to dry.