Coffee Festival: “Only Timorese Coffee is allowed in heaven”

Coffee Festival: “Only Timorese Coffee is allowed in heaven”

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DILI, 27 october 2022 (TATOLI) – President Horta called on Timorese coffee growers to plant more coffee to increase coffee production to meet international demand.

“In heaven, people also have boutique cafes. Angels and saints have to go somewhere to enjoy themselves. And only Timor Coffee is allowed in heaven. I don’t need to say much about Timor’s coffee as it is the best in the world,” said President Horta in his speech during the Timor-Leste Coffee Festival held at the Presidential Palace.

The Head of State encouraged coffee growers to utilize every inch of land suitable for coffee cultivation. 

“I encourage our coffee growers to love and care for their coffee. Again, we need to love our coffee like the Japanese people love their rice,” said Horta.

 “We need to increase the coffee yield as people in the US, Europe, and Asia want to buy more Timor coffee. Therefore, we need to increase our coffee production. This is about economic diversification, green economy, and sustainable economy,” Horta said.  

Horta thanked Prime Minister, Government members, MPs, and ambassadors for attending the Coffee Festival: “Enjoy Timor coffee.” 

The festival was organized by ACTL and supported by the President’s Office and Prime Minister Cabinet. 

The Vice President of the Timor-Leste Coffee Association (ACTL) Afonso Oliveira said that 25% of the Timor-Leste population depends largely on the coffee plantation. 

Oliveira thanked Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, China, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for their contribution to the development of the coffee sector in Timor-Leste. 

Timor-Leste government, in its rectification budget approved in 2022, had allocated $6.4 million to support the rejuvenation and rehabilitation of Timor-Leste’s coffee.

The coffee industry remains the largest non-oil export in the national economy.

Horta said in addition to growing Arabica and Robusta coffee, Timor-Leste also needs to grow vanilla and cacao:




Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges 


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