Cherry from Raimutin is collected daily and processed at the Atsabe wet mill in Baboe Kraik. During the building of the Atsabe Community Wet Mill, it was important to consider the best practices that could be applied to the drying stages of coffee processing. Pulling on the collective knowledge of the producers and our sourcing partners at Raw Material, producers here were able to hybridise the drying beds.
A combination of raised African beds, bamboo sheet beds from Timor-Leste, and stackable smaller beds from Colombia ensured that the drying methods played on the strengths of many schools of thought at one station. Drying phase is 21 days on raised beds.
In Timor-Leste, Raw Material’s work is currently focussed namely in the municipality of Ermera. One of thirteen municipalities in the country, it is home to the largest coffee production volumes, whilst almost 60% of the municipality’s population live below the poverty line.