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Papua New Guinea Eastern Highlands Organic

Fig, dates, almond roca, dried apple
$3.79 / lb $501.33 / bag
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
Status Spot
Lot Number P608964-1
  • 320 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

From the seaside city of Lae on the east coast of Papua New Guinea, the Highland Highway winds for 200 miles and climbs 5,000 feet to reach Goroka, the center of coffee cultivation for the region. In the Eastern Highlands much of the coffee is still grown on very small “garden” plots alongside household subsistence crops. In the highlands, morning fog fills the valleys and the mountain peaks float above in the sun, the highest reaching nearly 15,000 feet. As the fog lifts, so does the chill. Clouds gather, and the afternoon warmth is often accompanied by fierce thunderstorms, which vanish as suddenly as they appear, making room for the whole cycle to start over again, and ideal climate for growing coffee. 

Country of Origin Papua New Guinea
Harvest Season 2021/22
Coffee Grade PNG CA WA B
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Variety Arusha, Bourbon, Mundo Novo
Region Goroka, Eastern Highlands
Farm Name Various smallholders
Growing Altitude >1500m
Certifications Organic certified

History of Coffee in Papua New Guinea

Compared to the speed with which Europeans colonized other parts of the world, they seemed to spill over Oceania in slow motion. So, although the highlands of PNG are textbook coffee land, commercial coffee production was not established until 1928. In typical British colonial style, coffee was initially grown on plantations (though atypically planted with Blue Mountain from Jamaica). The history of colonial New Guinea mirrors that of central Africa. Feeling left out of the general expansionist trend, Germany grabbed a portion of northern New Guinea in the late 1800’s and then lost it during WWI. The Japanese invaded PNG during WWII and the island saw fierce fighting for much of the war. For most of the 20th century, administrative responsibility for PNG and its ever evolving configuration (and name) rested with Australia. 

Growing Coffee in Papua New Guinea

Although PNG has often produced more than 1 million bags of coffee annually, the average has dropped below 1 million over the last 10 years. The vast majority of coffee in PNG (95%) is grown in the highland regions near the center of the country. These coffee exhibit the heavy body characteristic of this part of the world along with the savory sweet flavors. Coffee from PNG is graded using a unique matrix that reflects not only screen size but bean shape, defect count, and color in addition to aroma and cup quality with A/X, being the highest quality available. 

  • Status Spot
  • Region Goroka, Eastern Highlands
  • Farm Name Various smallholders
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Certifications Organic certified
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Arusha, Bourbon, Mundo Novo
  • Coffee Grade PNG CA WA B
  • Growing Altitude >1500m
  • Country of Origin Papua New Guinea
  • Warehouse The Annex
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot No
  • CTRM Contract Number P608964-1

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