The word ‘Sabelo’ means ‘slaughter place’. The area was historically used by the farmers’ elders to slaughter livestock to supply meat to the local markets. East Timor is recognised more for the varietal ‘Hybrid De Timor’ than the coffee first introduction by the Portuguese in 1817.
First spotted in 1920s, Hybrid De Timor is a natural cross between C. arabica and C. canephora (Robusta) . In the cup this particular consignment demonstrates a sweetness, delicacy and florals associated with the Typica variety (known as Arabi locally), complimented by the spicy pepper, tamarind and full-bodied characteristics more familiar from the Hybrid De Timor varietal.
The Café Brisa Serena Group have worked hard with the farmer groups to focus on quality parameters such as picking, separation and even drying to help elevate the quality of the coffees. Farmers are very proactive with the pre and post-harvest maintenance of their trees, ensuring they are well pruned and healthy for future growth.
From the early sixteenth through to the eighteenth century, both foreign & indigenous groups have contested for political control of Timor Leste. 1749 saw the division of Timor, the Dutch occuping the West and the Portuguese occuping the East; right up until the end of colonial rule. The introduction of coffee production and cultivation by the Portuguese's to Timor Leste in the early nineteenth century, has progressed the nations growth and development and today accounts for a sizeable portion of the country's employment and investment, as well as providing a key income for rural communities.