|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||Dec 17 2014|
|Cultivar Detail||Bourbon, Caturra, Mundo Novo, Typica|
|Appearance||.6d/300gr, 15 - 16 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City+; Best complexity in the City+ range, and espresso is amazing at Full City/Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
"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 has a toffee smell, candy sweet, and with raisin and dried cranberry. Hot water raises a nice pumpkin pie filling scent in the steam, brown sugar, nutmeg, and graham. Full City roasts have a much more caramel-centric aroma, and the break has a note of wetted tea leaves and cooked plum. Cupping a City+ roast, there's an array of citrus notes, orange and kumquat, from the juicy sweetness to the bittering pulp. It's earthy and fruited, and when it cools is a bit like a mix of grape, aromatic wood, and bittersweet cocoa powder. It's a complex cup, and does great at a wide range of roasts. Our Full City roast had brooding chocolate roast tones and fruit juice flavors, and body with a matched presence. The coffee packs a refreshing tartaric acidity too, one that shows well even at Full City. This is a great single origin espresso too, a thick shot rich in bittersweet chocolate, citric brightness, and a hint of hickory chips.