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Farm Focus – Papua New Guinea

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Farm Details

  • Reigon: Chimbu Province, Chuave District, Eastern Highlands
  • Farm: Approximately 375 smallholder members of the Keto Tepasi Progress Association
  • Variety: Arusha, Bourbon, Typica
  • Altitude: 1600-1800 masl
  • Process: Washed

Tasting Notes

Sweet and tart with a smooth mouthfeel; chocolate and almond flavor with a nutty aftertaste.

We roast these fresh green beans to perfection, in order to offer you the highest quality beans that are available on our site!

Background

Keto Tapasi Progress Association was founded in 2008 as an association of smallholder coffee growers from 18 communities and villages in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, in the Chuave District. The organization has around 375 members, who cooperate and collaborate despite the vast differences in both culture and language between their heritage groups. The organization has been Fair Trade–certified since 2011 and certified organic since 2014, and has used the premiums it receives to invest in depulpers as well as warehouse space and transportation. Smallholders typically own anywhere from a couple to a couple-hundred coffee trees, and sustenance farming on these more “garden-like” plots is common; the cally them coffee “gardens,” in fact, rather than farms, and the farms themselves have no names and carry no formal demarcation to indicate where one neighbor’s land ends and the other’s begins. Generally, the farmer members will depulp and ferment their coffee on their own farms; it is bought and sorted in parchment at the central mill in Goroka for drying, in deliveries from 25–65 kilograms. One the coffee is picked and depulped, the farmers will ferment it dry for one to three days before washing it and laying it to dry on blue tarpaulins for three to four days. For more information about coffee production in Papua New Guinea, visit our Papua New Guinea Origin Page.
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