This beautifully balanced, fully washed Arabica bean is full of dark berry and stone fruit notes. Enjoyed long or short, with or without milk, it's a fantastically versatile bean - making for the perfect lazy sunday cafetiere.
Unbelievably, Some of the trees which produce this coffee are over 25 years old; and whilst they produce less fruited cherries, they also have a much higher sugar content than younger crops, which translates to a sweeter and more complex cup.
Found amongst the mountainous Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea lies the Okapa Valley. This remarkably dense and jungly region has abundant rainfall and a stable year round climate, providing picturesque conditions for coffee growing.
Incredibly, coffee farmers in this region are able to accommodate two crop cycles per year due to the famously fertile and rich volcanic topsoil and tropical climate.
The coffee is primarily grown by smallholders of local tribal villages, who for centuries have held onto traditional languages and cultures.
Papua New Guinea's arrival on the world's coffee stage is fairly recent. In fact, whilst the crop itself was grown in a few scattered estates as early as the 1880s, it's only since the 1950s that has production reached anything like commercial numbers.
Now, the country exports virtually all of its coffee (about 48,000 metric tonnes or 800,000 60kg bags annually), placing it in the top 20 global coffee producers. Given the inherent logisitcal problems, that’s a very respectable figure!