Papua New Guinea Bauka Blue

Bauka Blue is layered with turbinado, date sugar, and brown sugar flavors, with earthy peet to pine accents. Heavily weighted in cocoa flavors in darker roasts. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Oceania
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Drying Method Raised Bed Sun-dried
Arrival date Jan 24 2017
Lot size 37bags/boxes
Bag size 60.00kg
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Arusha, Bourbon, Caturra, Mundo Novo, Typica
Grade A/X
Appearance .8d/300gr, 15 - 17 Screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City+; Best complexity in the City+ range - chocolatey espresso at Full City/Full City+
Weight 1

"Bauka" is the name of the female run coffee farm group in the Aiyura Valley, Papua New Guinea. The group was founded in 2004 with a goal of giving women the opportunity to attain financial independence for themselves and their families using coffee farming as their vehicle. As a group, the manage over 30 hectares of coffee, split into small plots. There is lot separation in order to judge the different plots independently from one another. They have their own mill onsite, where all the coffees are processed, and they are then laid out to dry on raised beds. Many of the larger lot separations are sold off as individual micro-lots, and this "Bauka Blue" is a blend of several of the small lots, much too small to constitute being sold on their own, but too good to be sold as a general A/X blend.

The dry fragrance shares similarities with butter toffee and cinnamon toast, smells of sweet caramelizing sugars and honey wheat bread. Hot water raises a nice pumpkin bread smell in the steam: pumpkin cooked with brown sugar, and nutmeg spice. Full City roasts have a much more caramel-centric aroma, and the break has some dark cocoa roast tones. Cupping a City roast shows layers of raw sugar flavors, brown sugar first and foremost, but also more naturally unprocessed types like turbinado and even date sugar. An "earthy" side is revealed as the cup cools down a bit, peet-like accents in light roasts, and a bit more resinous and pine-like at Full City. Our darkest roast was in the realm of City+/Full City, and showed a surprising level of chocolate, and reminded me of a dark chocolate brownie. Acidity level is pretty mild, particularly muted with deeper roast development, which along with big body, lends itself to espresso application. A shot of our darker roast produced a milky espresso, with a complex, earthy dark cacao flavor. Full City and Full City+ roasts of Bauka Blue will work great for milk drinks.