Very fruit-forward and complex cup: red grape, boysenberry, Asian pear, and bergamot citrus. Impressive raw sugar sweetness, and with a tea-tannic acidity and aftertaste. A real showstopper. City to Full City.
*1-lb only due to the limited availability*
Bauka is a sizeable farm, 100 hectares in total with 20 planted in coffee. The farm got it's start back in 1979 with a very small plot of land, and has since grown to what it is today. It is a privately owned farm, and they also buy from 17 outgrowers in the surrounding highlands. All the coffees are processed at the farm in a single hand pulper and then fermented in coffee bags, which is pretty amazing considering the volume that comes through during harvest! The farm sits at right about 1700 meters above sea level, and they are growing a mix of cultivars: Arusha, Caturra, Mundo Novo and Bourbon. This 3 bag microlot is from one of the smaller plots, and we were floored by the fruited cup character that in many ways more closely resembles coffee from Kenya than PNG. This is a 15+ screen size, meaning you'll see coffee as small as 15 screen (a few peaberries too), and up to 19 screen (I'm guessing). Be that as it may, I had no trouble getting an even roast level, even in my shortest, City roasts.
Juicy fruit smells reverberate throughout the aromatic profile and cup, amidst a backdrop of spiced sugar sweetness. The dry fragrance is like plum juice, and with citrus peel accents, gives the impression of an East African coffee rather than Papua New Guinea. With hot water added, the sweet smells run the range of caramelizing sugars to date or plum pudding. The cup flavors are in line with this description, and the fruit flavors really blossom as the cup cools down in temperature. Impressive raw sugar sweetness provides a solid base to the cup profile, and fruited notes run the full gamut: red grape, boysenberry, Asian pear, and bergamot citrus only name a few. City to City+ roasts yields a complex cup of coffee, but with clarity that comes with wet-processing done well. This micro lot from Bauka Farm has all the complexity of Kenya coffee, a real showcase-type coffee, but with much more moderate acidity that's a lot like brisk iced tea. Full City roast level adds a smokey cocoa layer to the mix, with fruit and bittersweetness still very much intact.