Papua New Guinea Kunjin



What We Taste: Melon, pear, cola
Farm: Various small-holder producers
Region: Western Highlands
Elevation: 1,400-1,900 above sea level
Variety: Arusha, Bourbon, Typica
Processing: Washed

Description: We love to offer coffees from Indonesia, specifically Papua New Guinea, as often as we can because of their unique, yet crowd-pleasing flavors, mild acidity, and heavy body.

This specific coffee comes to us from various smallholder producers in PNG’s Western Highlands. While there are some estates and plantations in PNG, most coffee production comes from smallholder farmers, each with around 1–2 hectares of land called “gardens” on which they grow small amounts of coffee along with whatever else a family or community might need for use or sale.

Most of the coffee in Papua New Guinea is processed as Washed lots. Because of the very small size of the average farm, it is done at central processing units or washing stations that are privately or cooperatively owned and operated. The coffee is picked ripe and typically depulped the same day, then fermented for 24–48 hours before being washed clean of mucilage. Drying is typically done on tarpaulins or raised beds.

In the cup, this earthy, herbaceous coffee is balanced with a pleasant, mellow acidity that reminds us of cola, honeydew melon and pear. It has a creamy, syrupy body and holds up well in milk.

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