Kunjin, Papua New Guinea
|TASTE||Kola Nut, Rhubarb, Custard|
|VARIETAL||Bourbon, Arusha, Typica|
Wahgi Valley, Papua New Guinea
|ALTITUDE||1500 - 1800 masl|
WE CURRENTLY ROAST ON TUESDAYS, SO ALL COFFEE ORDERS PLACED BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY WILL BE ROASTED AND SHIPPED OUT ON THE WEDNESDAY OF THAT WEEK.
Kunjin comes from small-holders between 1400 - 1800 masl from the Waghi Valley in the Western Highlands within close proximity to the town of Mt Hagen. Coffee is being processed in a leased vintage John Gordon brand wet-mill. The hopes is that in the coming years, the mill will be owned and operated by our partners on the ground with brand new Pinhalense machinery.
Papua New Guinea is an extremely diverse country, with over 800 different languages spoken. Most of the tribes from the highlands didn't have contact with the western world until the 1930s, since early exploration in PNG had been minimal until then. PNG is now a paradox, caught between Western influence and indigenous traditions.
Commercial coffee production started in Papua New Guinea in the 1920s, with seeds brought from Jamaica's Blue Mountain, a Typica variety. At that time, most of the coffee production came from 18 large plantations. Plantations still exist in PNG, but that type of farming only accounts for 15% of the total production; most of the production now comes from smallholders who tend to their "coffee gardens," as they call them locally. The smallholders are subsistence farmers (meaning they live off their land), and they 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.
Our first coffee from PNG is an absolute delight, offering complex notes of kola nut and rhubarb, with a distinct creamy, custard-like mouthfeel.