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Single Origin of the Month: PNG Bena Bena Valley

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PNG Bena Bena Valley from Eastern Highlands

Coffee is a relative newcomer to Papua New Guinea production in the country, dates back to 1926 when the first Jamaica Blue Mountain seeds were planted. Coffee production is characterised by small farmers with land holdings that grow as little as 20 trees per plot in so called "coffee gardens" alongside subsistence crops. The country is generally dominated by fragmented mountain ranges, steep valleys and plateaus that are difficult to access.

Since many of the smallholder farmers live in such remote places, their coffee must be picked up by airplanes on grass landing strips, or for those lucky enough to have road access, trucked to the nearest town – often struggling with broken axles from the trip. The typical village-based grower in PNG uses no synthetic fertiliser or chemical pesticides. Leaf-fall from the trees which shade it, provide natural and nutrient-rich mulch.

In order to process their coffee, the farmers use either their own small hand-operated pulping machine or brings their coffee cherries to central washing stations. In general, PNG coffees stand for exciting complexity, truly spinning you once around the flavor wheel.

Region:  Bena Bena valley of the eastern highlands

Varietal: Arusha, Blue Mountain

Altitude: 1400 - 1900 Masl

Process: washed, sun dried

Score: 86 points

Tasting Notes: 

Sweet tobacco with hints of tropical fruits and mild acidity

Roasted also for Filter 

Good for milk and espresso

If you would like your beans to be ground, please state for what coffee maker you require the coffee, and if it is an espresso machine, state the make and model in the comments section at checkout.