|Appearance||1.4 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City+. This coffee can take a wide range of roasts and result in something interesting! I preferred Full City.|
The Baroida Plantation, located in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, was founded by Ben Colbran in the 1960s. Ben first purchased the land from a native man named Taro and they were amongst the first people to cultivate crops in these valleys. In 1965, the government encouraged the early settlers to start growing coffee as a long-term sustainable crop. Ben started to plant coffee trees becoming one of the first coffee producers of the Eastern Highlands The Colbran Family is now in its third generation with Ben_‹_s son Nickel and grandson Chris running Baroida plantation. Through either luck or good design, the Baroida plantation sits at the apex of the Lamari river valley and Mount Jabarra range. The plantation itself sits at about 5,550ft amongst thousands of hectares of cleared land with former colonial coffee estates surrounding them (now run by native landowners) and flanked by mountains (up to 7,500ft) filled with small holder coffee producers.
While this Boroida lot has a fruited aroma, not as intense as dry-process coffees but present at all levels in this coffee. Plum is the dominant fruit in the dry fragrance, and as the roast approaches Full City the scent of chocolate cake comes dominates. Raisin and dried fruit emerge in the wet aroma, with a touch of candied orange peel. On the break I detected orange marmalade and passion fruit! The cup has an interesting mix of fresh and dried fruit flavors, plum and prune, raisin and lychee. There are exotic spice notes lurking behind these fruits; mace, fresh ginger, cinnamon, and fresh green cardamom. It has layers of flavor, and this sweet chocolate custard roast taste comes into play at Full City roast and darker. While I feel this coffee has a clean cup for a PNG coffee, the processing doesn't seem to be perfect and a few quakers are evident after roasting. The coffee can be a little inconsistent from cup-to-cup. It lost a couple points for Clean Cup and Uniformity or it would be pushing 90. Still, this is a sweet, complex cup, and with a little post-roast culling is really fantastic.