19 Jan. 1997
FOR RELEASE WITH STORY BC-INDONESIA-TIMOR-COFFE - East Timorese women sort coffee beans in a Dili warehouse. The beans untouched by pesticides and fertilizers are destined for the hip cafes of Europe, America and Australia where natural, organically-grown coffee has a special cachet - and also tastes good. Coffee producers on East Timor, the troubled former Portuguese colony absorbed by Indonesia 20 years ago, are getting an economic boost from the beans after being certified organic farmers. The U.S.-based National Cooperative Business Association is working with local cooperatives on the Timor Coffee Project. Picture taken 26NOV96.