|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||Dec 21 2015|
|Cultivar Detail||Bourbon, Caturra, Mundo Novo, Typica|
|Appearance||.8 d per 300 grams, 16+ Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+ is our recommendation; shows decent at City, revealing an aromatic wood note|
This coffee is from the "Bauka" coffee farmer 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. To be a bit more specific, these women were already quite entrenched in coffee production. However, once harvest and processing was completed, it was the men who would transport the coffee to the marketplace, receiving the payment. This is now changing. Together, they manage around 100 hectares of coffee, split into small plots. This lot is actually an "A/X" quality blend of coffees from each of the plots, selected from lot separations based on the cup quality. They have their own mill onsite, where all the coffees are processed, and they are then laid out to dry on raised beds, some covered, such as the one in the first photo below.
The dry fragrance is filled with caramel and fruit smells, a very sweet smelling coffee wit an earthy quality too, on the "foresty" side. The wet aromatics show accents of raisin pudding and mulling spice, impacting a dense brown sugar and heavy cream smell in the steam. There's a cooked fruit scent that comes up in the steam - slight, but with the pungency of papaya - along with a sweet tobacco note. The cup definitely builds layers of rustic sugars like rice and sorghum syrups, and molasses. The weight of liquor is quite juicy, helping make apple and golden plum accents more convincing. Mild acidity is exposed in City+ roasts, with a tannic aspect in the finish, like black tea, melding well with a flavor semi-sweet chocolate. Full City roasts retain the juicy aspects found at lighter roasts, and the cocoa tones edge toward the bittersweetness of high % cacao bar. Espresso shots have a cocao-dusted citrus appeal, rustic sweetness throughout, and seemingly endless bittersweetness.