Coffee Spotlight | Enorga, Papua New Guinea
Tasting Notes | Punchy, Dried Fruits, Smoky.
Process | Washed
Altitude | 1300-1750m
Varietals | Arusha, Bourbon, Typica.
Though not as well known an origin as many coffee-growing regions Papua New Guinea is beginning to make a name for itself on the coffee scene as consumers and roasters continue to seek out new and unusual beans to try.
The first record of coffee being grown in Papua New Guinea was in 1873. However, serious production did not occur until Australian and African research stations introduced new varietals in the 1950s. The majority of the coffee grown here is by small-holders in what are known as gardens, essentially these are small plots of land that at their largest would be only around three hectares in size.
Our coffee, Enorga, is grown in the eastern highlands, more specifically in the Okapa Valley. It is the largest growing region in the country and comes under the remit of the Highland Organic Agriculture Cooperative (HOAC). Around 3000 small-holders are involved in the HOAC, which translates to roughly 60000 people who directly benefit from their involvement. The fairtrade premium earned from the coffee used to provide fresh, clean drinking water to some of the local communities as well as improving roads and infrastructure in the surrounding areas.
Once harvested the coffee cherries are pulped and then dry fermented for 24 hours. They are washed and then dried on sails (stretched tarpaulin sheets) or raised beds. It is then transported to a nearby mill where the green beans are sorted, cleaned and exported.
If you would like to try this stunning coffee then check it out here.