Cupping Notes: Blackberry, lemon bar, maple syrup, brown sugar
About This Coffee
This A grade coffee was processed at the Bebes washing station in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Sero Bebes is the owner of the washing station which he has be running since around 2010. Sero owns a 34 HA plantation that was planted in 1968.
Country of Origin: Papua New Guinea
Coffee Grade: Grade A
Plant Species: Arabica
Processing Method: Washed
Region: Eastern Highlands
Farm Name: Various smallholders
Growing Altitude: Greater than 1600 MASL
History of Coffee in Papua New Guinea
Compared to the speed with which Europeans colonized other parts of the world, they seemed to spill over Oceania in slow motion. So, although the highlands of PNG are textbook coffee land, commercial coffee production was not established until 1928. In typical British colonial style, coffee was initially grown on plantations (though atypically planted with Blue Mountain from Jamaica). The history of colonial New Guinea mirrors that of central Africa. Feeling left out of the general expansionist trend, Germany grabbed a portion of northern New Guinea in the late 1800’s and then lost it during WWI. The Japanese invaded PNG during WWII and the island saw fierce fighting for much of the war. For most of the 20th century, administrative responsibility for PNG and its ever evolving configuration (and name) rested with Australia.
Growing Coffee in Papua New Guinea
Although PNG has often produced more than 1 million bags of coffee annually, the average has dropped below 1 million over the last 10 years. The vast majority of coffee in PNG (95%) is grown in the highland regions near the center of the country. These coffee exhibit the heavy body characteristic of this part of the world along with the savory sweet flavors. Coffee from PNG is graded using a unique matrix that reflects not only screen size but bean shape, defect count, and color in addition to aroma and cup quality with A/X, being the highest quality available.
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