April 2019 - Coffee of the Month
Papua New Guinea - Jiwaka Western Highlands
April's Tour Stop coffee is grown in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea is north of Australia, is located in the eastern half of the Island of New Guinea which falls within the Pacific "Ring of Fire." PNG is one of the most environmentally and culturally diverse places in the world. Over 800 known languages are spoken amongst the more than 7 million people living on the land. Jiwaka Province is the second-highest coffee producing area in the country and borders Mount Wilhelm, the country’s tallest mountain.
Most of the ripe coffee cherry is collected at farm gates and brought to the mill, but some are delivered to the wet mill by farmers. The coffee cherry is then pulped, washed, soaked and sun-dried to 11 percent moisture content. The coffee is then stored as parchment for transport to a central processing mill in Goroka, approximately 200 miles away in the Eastern Highlands Province, where it’s then hulled for shipment. To preserve quality, the coffee stays in the Highlands where it’s far less humid and is transported another 200 miles by road to the port city of Lae, only just in time to ship.
Origins: Papua New Guinea
Regions: Jiwaka, Western Highlands
Variety: Bourbon, Typica, and Arusha
Altitude: 1650 masl
Roast Level: Medium
Flavor Notes: Medium Body, Notes of Green Tea, Cane Sugar, and Dark Fruit