Papua New Guinea, Keto Tapasi, Fair Trade

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Papua New Guinea, Keto Tapasi, Fair Trade

19.75

Cupping Notes: Heavy Body, Cocoa, Sweet Oat

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Coffee production began in Papua New Guinea in the 1920s, when some highland tribes in this nation of 800 languages had yet to meet western colonizers. The first coffees were imported from Jamaica's Blue Mountain region. Today, these plantations account for about 15% of the nation's production, the rest by small plot "coffee garden" subsistence farmers, producing 24-65 kg. Keto Tapasi comes from smallholders between 1600—1800 masl from the Chuave District on the border of the eastern Highlands and the Chimbu Province. Coffee is processed by smallholders using hand-depulpers and small homemade fermentation setups, sun-dried, and then transported to Goroka for dry-milling.

"Personally, I’m really excited to work with PNG as a coffee-producing country, being culturally and socially as foreign as it gets. During my first visit in 2012, my luggage was left in Jakarta and I wouldn’t get it back until my way out of PNG. I took a cab to Vision City Mega Mall, in the capital city of Port Moresby, and bought a Quicksilver T-shirt for $50 USD, and there weren’t many options. The Highlander Hotel in Mt Hagen will run you $300 USD per night, with cockroaches in your room and you might get the suite over the kitchen—good luck sleeping! On the other hand, locals are living off their land with very little income. One of the reasons of such disparity is that there is a big mining boom as we speak where multinationals are extracting valuable minerals and have brought local prices up as mining is very resource-intensive.

"PNG is another one of those countries which has great of potential but it is still far away from hitting its peak. It has heirloom varieties and great altitude, but its social and economic problems makes it extremely hard to achieve top-quality coffee. We are happy, nonetheless, with the quality we are seeing this year and cleanliness in the cup is one of the biggest attributes for these. As always, we will push the bar for better quality!"

Piero Cristiani, buyer, Cafe Imports