Red Plum / Tarragon / Prosecco
Waghi Valley, Western Highlands
Arusha, Blue Mountain, San Ramon
1400 – 1800 meters
The Highlands of Papua New Guinea are stocked with challenges toward quality coffee production. Due to the immense diversity of indigenous tribes, many of which had no interaction with the western world until the 1930’s, there are over 800 distinct languages spoken throughout the country. The majority of mills that still operate were originally installed on massive commodity grade plantations in the 1920’s with seeds from Jamaica’s Blue Mountain. Today, 85% of coffee is grown by smallholder farmers, each owning anywhere between just a couple to a couple hundred trees.
Kunjin operates a mill they lease on one of the original 15 coffee plantations, but purchases cherry from substance farmers in the Waghi Valley. They are able to control quality throughout the milling process, cupping day lots and building micro lot level containers to be processed separately.
Kunjin is a beautifully complex and dynamic. Ripe plum initially comes to the forefront, offset by lime zest and a bouquet of sweet herbs. As it cools, the cup maintains its liveliness and picks up notes of white grape, developing into a beautiful winey finish. This coffee is the highest quality lot we have seen from PNG, if not all of the Asian-Pacific region, and just may reshape your impression of the region. It is the perfect coffee for pairing with buttery pastries, whether sweet or savory.