Obura-Wonenara District is not far from Goroka, and lies in the eastern highlands of the country. This coffee comes from a delivery station in the district, a collector who is set up to buy coffee from neighbors in the highland areas, altitudes ranging from 1700 - 1900 meters above sea level. The dominant cultivars in the region are old typica types, and the coffee is fully wet processed. The sorted coffee looks beautiful, much of the defects hand-picked while the coffee is in wet parchment, and picked through again after being hulled of the thin parchment layer post drying. The few roasts we did looked very even coming out of the roaster, only a couple partial quakers in the bunch.
Obura's has a butter and sugar sweetness that carries through the aromatic profile, and into the cup, dried fruit accents along the way. With hot water added, the sweet smells run the range of caramelizing sugars to fruit filling (like a date bar). The cup flavors are in line with this description, impressive raw sugar sweetness providing a solid base to the cup profile. A City+ roast yields high sweetness in the cup, and fruited notes like black fig, prune, and an indistinct tropical aspect that add to the overall picture. This coffee brews great at City+ roast level, a harmonious 'mesh' of rustic sweetness and fruit notes. Full City roast level adds a smokey cocoa layer to the mix, with fruit and bittersweetness still very much intact.