Our Anniversary Edition series of coffees continues and with that, we're very pleased to announce the launch of the Papua New Guinea Kaw Kaw Mountain coffee!
We thought we'd let our head roaster, Gideon, explain why this coffee is special. In his words:
"A good New Guinea coffee has a modest, low-toned richness, sometimes earthy, along with a low to moderate acidity that distinguishes most Indonesian coffees, though generally not as full-bodied as an Indonesian or as aromatic as a fine Sulawesi Toraja, yet sometimes fruitier than Sulawesi coffee.Typically wet processed (washed), a fine New Guinea coffee is deeply dimensioned yet well-balanced, with mild and mellow yet broad flavors that provide a bright and clean taste - a classic, delicate sweetness complemented by an exotic, complex and fruity aroma. The region produces coffees with lots of oils, which come out as early as a medium roast and offer a full body that is consistent with many Indonesian coffees. This makes it ideal in a french press or steel-filter drip coffee maker which allows the natural oils and flavors to shine."
Coffee production in Papua New Guinea is somewhat similar to Ethiopia in that much of the coffee is grown by smallholders in garden plots. The Kaw Kaw Mountain region - a catchment area is in the Unggai District of the Eastern Highlands - comprises a combination of smallholders, block holders, and plantations, all of whom benefit from the rich volcanic soils of the area.
The producer/exporter is Nowek Coffee which operates and manages processing mills across Papua New Guinea from an office in the provincial capital of Goroka. They have been processing coffee since 1990 when they opened their first wet mill, and have since opened a seedling nursery, a dry mill and sun-drying fields.
General Information / Coffee Specifications
• Producer: Nowek Coffee
• Region: Unggai District
• Varietal: Bourbon, Typica
• Altitude: 2000 MASL
• Process: Washed
• Roast: Medium, recommended for Espresso
Cup Profile / Tasting Notes
Raisins - Orange - Chocolate
The Papua New Guinea Kaw Kaw Mountain coffee is now available in store or online.