Papua New Guinea
Roast Color: Medium-Dark
Prep: Washed, Sun-Dried
Body: Heavy-Bodied, Creamy Texture
Flavor Profile: Subtle Earthiness, Dark Caramel, Cinnamon Bark
Cupping Notes: In this smooth, deep cup, expect a heavy, dark caramel quality in the sweet end, with the kind of body typical of most Indonesian varietals. This is a wet-processed coffee, washing away the extreme earthiness associated with Sumatras. This is a clean, balanced coffee with just a hint of those rustic qualities celebrated in Indonesian coffee.
The country of Papua New Guinea is speckled with a constellation of small-farm "Coffee Gardens," each cultivating these beautifully original beans. There's a unique wild note in this particular cup and - compared to other Indonesian coffees - there's an unexpected sweetness here, as well.
Papua New Guinea is the second-largest island on Earth. It lies just North of Australia and is split down the center into two nation-states: Papua New Guinea (on the east) and Irian Jaya (on the west). Richly endowed with natural resources, Papua New Guinea has one of the most rugged and spectacular topographies in the world: high peaks, active volcanoes, frequent earthquakes, and an extreme rainy season. Coffee cultivation began here after the introduction of coffee seeds from Jamaica's Blue Mountain region, providing for extraordinary origin myths among the local farmers.
The coffee industry relies on tens of thousands of small farms. In the 1950's, policies encouraged the establishment of village coffee gardens, especially in the highland regions where the rich soils and high elevation provided ideal growing conditions. Two million people - nearly half of the population - are engaged in the coffee industry. The typical village-based grower makes use of rudimentary, traditional growing methods; this means that no artificial fertilizers or chemical sprays are used. These growers own their farms outright, and input consists mainly of their own personal labor and the implementation of a few simple tools. The Papua New Guinea coffee farmer is very much his own man, incredibly independent in an increasingly complex world.
The rich volcanic soils of Papua New Guinea contain significant amounts of volcanic ash, resulting in soils with a remarkably high concentration of organic matter. The result? Coffee beans with exceptional body and a touch of creamy caramel, rounded-out with an undertone of dark honey sweetness. As the cup begins to cool, the complexity of this coffee begins to fully reveal itself. An array of flavorful spice emerges from this cup, including cinnamon, sassafras, and sandalwood. There's also a hint of black tea, followed by a smooth milk-chocolate finish. Earthy body, sweet acidity, and complex fruity aroma: pure coffee perfection!