Smooth and well-rounded with chocolate and nut overtones and earthy, caramel flavour with a creamy medium body, much like a good Sumatran.
PNG Wahgi Valley
£5.00 – £18.00
Originating from the hills of Wahgi Valley, Papua New Guinea from a small-holder farm which takes advantage of high altitude and fertile volcanic soil to cultivate some of the finest coffee the east Asia region has to offer. This varietal grown at an altitude of 1400 – 1800 masl, is hand-picked and wet-processed at origin, then roasted to bring out the inherent wild and fruity notes. It offers an excellent balance between low acidity and earthy, caramel flavour with a creamy medium body, silky smooth mouthfeel and lingering aftertaste in a very clean finish that truly makes this coffee a shining example of what PNG coffees have to offer.
Small Landholders in Papua New Guinea
Coffee in Papua New Guinea in mostly cultivated in the country’s five highlands provinces; Western Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Simbu, Morobe and East Sepik. When commercial coffee production began in Papua New Guinea, most of the coffee came from 18 large plantations. Plantations still exist in PNG but currently only accounts for 15% of the total production. Most of the production now comes from small-holders who tend to their coffee gardens, as they call them locally, which are located largely in isolated areas that do not require synthetic fertilisers or pesticides.
The small-holders are subsistence farmers who also grow coffee–there are no coffee farmers per-se. Each garden might have anywhere from a couple to a couple hundred trees of coffee and parchment deliveries can range from 25 – 65 kg. Coffee is currently grown in 15 of the 19 provinces in the country. Half of the rural population have a direct connection with coffee production.
The high mountain valleys of central Papua New Guinea offer some of the world’s most favorable environmental factors for production of fine coffee, although the rugged terrain presents daunting transportation and infrastructure challenges.
Papua New Guinea coffee is suitable for use with the following brewing methods:
- Bean to cup
Aeropress, Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter, Stovetop, Whole beans