23 Aug '17, 4pm

Starbucks debuts rare East Timor single-origin coffee

Starbucks debuts rare East Timor single-origin coffee

By Heidi Peiper/Starbucks Newsroom Coffee from the Malay Archipelago is known for its exceptional qualities, a smooth cup with distinctive flavors and notes of herbs and spice. The first coffee plants arrived there with Dutch traders in the17th century. The early plantations thrived in the equatorial climate and rich volcanic soil. Coffee grown on the island of Java even lent the beverage a new nickname. Starbucks had sourced coffee from the archipelago’s larger islands such as Sumatra and Sulawesi since the 1970s, but the company did not buy beans from Timor until decades later. That island’s eastern mountains produced only a small quantity of coffee that was grown wild and processed completely by hand; its lack of infrastructure was exacerbated by decades of conflict. In 1996, Starbucks helped put East Timor on the coffee map when coffee buyer Dave Olsen made the company...

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