PAPUA NEW GUINEA SIMBAI
$11.00 – $21.00
Flavor notes: chocolate, plum, black tea, brown sugar
Papua New Guinea’s mountainous terrain with amazingly fertile volcanic soil is excellent for growing rich, vibrant Arabica coffee but not very good for transporting it. As a result, many remote villages and smallholder coffee farms are only reachable by foot or light aircraft, which is why air travel is crucial to get things moving.
This lot comes from the Simbai region, just over the Bismarck Range that borders the Western Highlands Province and Sepik Province. Our importer’s sister company at origin, Volcafe PNG, works with over 4,000 farmers in this isolated region across four airstrips to get them the support they need. All coffee from Simbai is transported via plane. In order for these farmers to access the supply chain, they must bring their coffee to an airstrip. It’s not easy–some farmers have a day’s journey from their farm to the airfields. Once the coffee arrives, it’s weighed in parchment, recorded, and stored in Volcafe PNG’s warehouses. Volcafe PNG lines up charter flights whenever there’s enough coffee for a planeload. They also organize the freight and staff support for the outbound journey from the airstrip to help cover part of the charter cost (usually around $2,000 USD). The coffee from Simbai is then transported to Mt. Hagen, where it joins the global supply chain.
The rich terroir of Simbai lends itself to wonderful sweetness, filled with chocolate and tropical fruit flavors, and a full-bodied, buttery quality representative of washed PNG coffee. This elegant, nuanced coffee centers around notes of crisp pear and lime zest in the aroma, rounding to cocoa nib and agave syrup in the cup. The mouthfeel is crisp and lively and the quiet finish is sweetly nut-toned. A beautiful, inviting coffee!
*Generally, orders are roasted the following Monday and shipped out (or available for pickup) the next day.
*Buy 3 bags and get $3 shipping!