Western Highlands PNG lot from community "coffee gardens"
A wild coffee tamed to give rich flavors
Papua New Guinea is a relatively new player to commercial coffee production. Seeds from Jamaica were brought over in the 1920's and most production back then was on large plantations. Today, only 15% of the countries coffee exports are grown on plantations, with the majority coming from smallholder producers or "gardeners" as they are called locally. The countries culture is still heavily influenced by indigenous tribe traditions and over 800 languages on record, making it a very unique country to work with socially and politically. Not to mention, the interesting cup profile PNG coffees tend toward - earthy, spicy, mellow citrus.
Our PNG Kunjin comes from a centralized wet mill in the Western Highlands. Gardeners from the Waghi Valley sell their ripe, fresh picked cherries daily to the mill to process and dry. Since this process is done in one place, quality is more controlled. Each producers day lots are tasted, scored, and separated to build a representative community coffee that is clean, sweet, and high scoring.
We encourage paper filtered, by-the-cup pour over methods to get the most articulate brews of this outstanding coffee. Dial-into golden raisin and milk chocolate sweetness by starting with a 1:16.5 brew ratio, filtered water at 206-208℉, a medium grind, and a 3-3.5 minute brew cycle.