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Papua New Guinea - Premium Smallholder Coffee (PSC)

Washed, Sun Dried, Picked and de-pulped by hand

Wonderful complexity, great sweetness, and buttery quality

This lot of Papua New Guinea coffee is grown by smallholder farmers in the high altitude of the Western Hhighlands, near an old volcano (Mount Hagen) where the soil is extremely fertile.
Smallholder farmers (typically a small group of families from a single village) oversee every aspect of the crop, including picking and de-pulping the coffee beans by hand.

I decided not to go with an estate PNG this time around because I was looking for a deeper body and more complexity; something a little more on the 'wild side'.
This Premium lot is exactly that; complex and sweet, with full body and nice fruit.

I am very pleased with this offering and hope you will be too!

General Flavor Observations
Papua New Guinea - PSC

The aroma from the freshly ground bean is amazing, with plenty of spice and herbal qualities.
During brewing, the aromatics fill the room with subtle floral notes, perhaps cocoa, and an inviting nuttiness.

Not to be out done, the first sip reveals a wonderful smoothness and creamy mouth feel. The range of complexity is surprising with buttery notes of spice, cocoa and mild acidity.
The body is fuller than I have seen in some other Papua New Guinea coffees, but not overly so. The finish is soft with notes of melon.
As the cup cools, the raisin notes become a bit more pronounced, yet subtle, and the cocoa deepens.

Roast Level Profile Notes
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I found the Full City roast to be my favorite, with Full City (+) coming a close second.
I chose Full City for the spice and complexity, and Full City (+) for the bigger body and silky mouth-feel.

We are always happy to accommodate any roast level you prefer.
The notes below illustrate how the various roast levels will change the profile:

City Roast (light roast)

With this roast level, you will find a milder body, brighter acidity, and more herbal qualities. The aroma will be somewhat floral; the mouth-feel crisper with notes of cocoa nib and melon on the finish. If you want to experience pure Origin Characteristics, then this is a good choice.

Full City Roast (medium roast) - Preferred

The Full City roast level for this coffee is outstanding; smooth and buttery with wonderful spice and complexity. The body is medium to full, with notes of chocolate and a crisp, pleasant finish.

Full City (+) Roast

With this roast level, body deepens and the mouth feel becomes more silky. Raisin and dark fruit notes appear while the acidity lessens. There is still plenty of complexity and spice, and the finish tapers to a darker chocolate. This would make a very nice single origin espresso.

Vienna Roast

A Vienna Roast will create a heavy, syrupy body with prominent notes of dark chocolate throughout. The fruit tones transform to dark berry. The acidity is milder and the finish a bit sharper (particularly as the cup cools). This would be an excellent choice as a finish to a rich meal.

French Roast

Much of the complexity will be lost at this roast level, but it would serve well with dessert or after dinner.

Additional Information
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The Premium Smallholder Coffee designation and the area of the Western Highlands are what make this coffee so interesting.
There can be a fairly significant variance in the coffees produced by each group of farmers or villages; each with their own intriguing qualities.
What impressed me with this lot was the "hands on" approach taken by the farmers and the over-all quality of the offering.

Coffee is the most valuable and primary agricultural export of Papua New Guinea.

The export of this coffee has a direct and beneficial impact to the smallholder farmers who produce it, and should not be understated.
When you buy this coffee, you are directly helping to support these families.

As an interesting side note, the majority of coffee trees in Papua New Guinea were originally grown from the seeds of the Arabica variety of Jamaican Blue Mountain!

  • Processing: Washed
  • Drying: Sun dried
  • Elevation: 3.300 - 5,900 ft.
  • Varietal: Bourbon, Typica, Arusha, Blue Mountain
  • Traceable to: Smallholder Farmers - Western Highlands - Mount Hagen region

5 Stars
Quality gourmet coffee lover
This is an excellent full body coffee that goes well as your morning or evening delight. I prefer full city + roasting level for my taste but always lean towards the darker roasts.
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