The Timor Hybrid is the offspring of a natural cross between a C.arabica plant and a C.canephora (Robusta) plant. Its resistant to coffee leaf rust attracted many cultivators to exploit this quality and create new varieties through it. For example, the Catimor.
Timor coffees exhibits the following traits in its taste profile:
From the island nation, Timor-Leste, the Timor Hybrid first came to this country when the Portuguese occupied it in the 1860s. Coffee quickly became responsible for half of the country’s exports, contributing substantially to its economy. The Timor varietal has 44 chromosomes and resembles the Arabica coffee plant. Timor Leste coffee is also called Tim Tim Coffee, Bor Bor Coffee, Hybrido de Timor Coffee.
The Timor Hybrid is an unusual plant as its parent varietals are the Arabica and Robusta, which are said to be genetically incompatible. Thus, it is believed that the Timor Hybrid has inherited the sweet and tasty qualities of Arabica as well as the hardiness and disease resistance traits of Robusta.