Manama Farms, Timor-Leste

$17.00$55.00

Mandarin, milk chocolate & lime. 

Bean Info

Varietal: Catimor & Typica
Processed: Washed
Altitude 1800
Region: Ermera
Producer/Source: Manama Collective
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Description

About the farmers

Manama is a small village of around 2000. Nestled in the shade of Mount Ramelau, in the Ermera district of Timor-Leste. Pretty idyllic setting for delicious coffee from amazing people, right? As with most high quality microlots from the region, the average farm size is around 0.5-1 hectare, with many farms contributing to the coffee.

The collective known as Manama farms are all onboard with delivering high quality coffees through the adoption of modern farming techniques, advanced sorting systems, and careful attention to detail and quality. Cherries are hand picked, sorted, and pulped ahead of floating (to reduce foreign objects and impurities), then stored in fermentation tanks for 24-48 hours. Parchment is moved to raised drying beds to bring the moisture levels down to 12-18%, before the coffee is transported to the Railco processing station for sorting and further drying.

Investment in new infrastructure including piping to bring in natural spring water for washing is supported through the purchase of this coffee, so good job for buying some!

Flavour profile: 

The Lively One

Lighter roasted and refreshing coffee, bright and light, juicy like a sweet-iced tea.

Bursting with fruit, juicy as, coffees roasted specifically for serving through filter methods. Lively coffees are all selected for their clarity of flavour and unique characteristics. 

Perfect for: Reminding you of the good old days of school summer holidays, getting home and smashing down a zooperdooper Icey pole. Refreshing and delicious.

Best served as: Pour over, Aeropress, cold brew, or literally manual brewing method that shows off the origin flavours. We recommend keeping milk away from this bad boy, but you do you.

Sounds like: Good vibrations by The Beach Boys. 

Coffee Questions

Do You Have A Strong Coffee?

Coffee can be as strong as you make it. Finding a coffee that sounds right for you starts with the tasting notes. If the tasting notes sound good, then you can make a strong tasting coffee with it. If you want flavours that are typically associated with “strong” coffee, like dark chocolate or toasty flavours, then keep an eye out for those tasting notes.

How Should I Store My Coffee?

You might have been told the fridge or freezer is the way to go, to ensure a long lasting fresh coffee. But that’s not really the case.

The best way to store your coffee is in a cool, dark place, right inside the Brightside coffee bag it came in. They’ve kept coffee fresh, and they do a pretty swell job of it.

What If I Don’t Like My Coffee?

Our lineup of unique coffees is ever changing, as coffee harvests arrive and make their way into Brightside drinkers coffee grinders. We make sure we have a few different options to cover a broad range of preferences, so we are pretty confident you will find something you like.

But we understand that not every coffee will be to your taste. If you ever get a coffee that isn't quite right, or has missed the mark a bit for you, we will replace it for free. Email us at hello@brightside.coffee and we will be thrilled to help you.

Or if you think you can get a better experience out of the coffee with the right knowledge and tools, check out our brew guides, or email us at hello@brightside.coffee and we can get you up to speed on coffee brewing.

What Is Specialty Coffee?

Coffee that scores 80+ out of 100 can be classified as specialty coffee, in line with the Specialty Coffee Association's guidelines. Scoring is based on the coffee quality, taste, flavor clarity and defects. All of our coffees are specialty grade. Sustainably and ethically sourced coffee beans from our trusted sourcing partners. Read about our coffee sourcing bare minimums here.

How Long Does Brightside Coffee Stay Fresh?

Fresh is definitely best, which is why our coffee is roasted and shipped as soon as possible after we receive an order. Once it’s in your hands, ready to brew, you will see a date stamped on the bag.

Try to drink it all within 3 weeks of the roast date if you have ordered whole bean coffee, and 2 weeks if you ordered ground coffee. Coffee can stay fresh for 6 weeks if it is stored properly, and after that 6 week duration, coffee won’t go “bad” but it may lose some of its pop, and get a bit stale. The same goes for pre-ground coffee, however it may lose a bit of its intensity faster than freshly grinding coffee.

What's on the label

What’s on the coffee bag label?

There's a fair whack of info on the label, and we are pretty keen on sharing as much as we can with you about every coffee we sell. The information is good, but we have specific reasons for sharing it, that can help you understand coffee better and roast and brew better coffee at home.

The name of the coffee

Single origins are coffees that come from a specific geographic area. But there are different levels of specificity around coffee origins, from a country of origin, to a growing region, co-operative, farm, and even down to individual lots of coffee trees on a specific farm. We source coffees from specific farms when possible, or co-ops for origins that have fewer facilities on farms such as Ethiopians or other high grown African coffees.

When we label our coffees for the shelves, we get as specific as possible so you know exactly where the coffee is coming from.

Origin

As we label coffees by farmer, or farm, it’s not always clear where the coffee is grown. The Origin is the country the coffee originates from.

Variety

Coffee trees come in many shapes and sizes, with characteristics adapted to the local climate, growing conditions and sometimes selectively bred in labs. These are called Varietals, and they can paint a picture of the coffee before you even taste it!

Elevation

Elevation is the altitude the coffee grew at. Higher doesn’t mean better, but denser coffees usually come from higher altitudes. Denser coffees have higher concentrations of nutrients, which affects the roasting and brewing process.

Processing method

Processing is the treatment of the coffee immediately after harvest. Washed, Natural and Honey are the main ones, but you might see some other funky ones from time to time like anaerobic fermentation, or pulped/wet-hulled. The processing method affects the flavour profile of the coffee.

Sourcing Partners

We rely on incredible, responsible and quality driven sourcing partners to broker coffees on our behalf in the market, and we want to honour that relationship by sharing their story and how it aligns with ours.

Taste

The taste or tasting notes are what we all came here for. The unique flavour profile of every coffee is exciting. We want our tasting notes to reflect the coffee but also be inclusive and easy to understand. For green coffees, we supply the sourcing partner cupping and tasting notes, but for our roasted coffees we taste them and describe them ourselves, as roasting style has a big impact on the expression of the flavours in the cup.

Date

The date on roasted coffee is the date the coffee was roasted. You’ll probably find the roast date out of the way  on the bottom of the bag.

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