The cup has a nice fruited sweetness, jam-like, with traces of heather flowers. The brightness is malic (apple-like) and has bosc pear. A bright and fruited cup more like a Central than an Indo, light roasts look wrinkly and a bit uneven but are ideal. City to Full City.
Tairora Smallholder coffee is a project from the Baroida Plantation, located in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. The Colbran Family grows and processes their own coffee from the Baroida Estate, which we sell under that name, as well as buying coffee cherry direct from smallholder farmers in the area. Some of these are communities that the Colbrans have worked with for years, and others walk to the Baroida mill to sell their coffee fruit because they offer a premium price. These farmers can have as few as 100 trees, and produce only handfuls of coffee cherry at a time, but are situated from 1800 up to 2000 meters. I visited this season, and noticed that the price they were paying was higher than what other buyers, including multinational mills, were paying. Many small farms hand-pulp their own coffee, and sell wet parchment. This is not ideal, as the multitude of musty-smelling bags of this coffee attested to.
The dry fragrance has raw honey and dark milk chocolate, with berry hints. Adding hot water, the aroma reveals further compelling chocolate notes with a slight sweet-smokey hint, dark caramelized sugars, and dried fruit. Floral scents emerge on the break, a dusky wildflower note. The cup has a nice fruited sweetness, jam-like, with traces of heather flowers. The brightness is malic (apple-like) and has bosc pear. Dark roasts can be a little smokey in the roast taste: I prefer City to City+ roast, although the coffee appears a bit uneven and wrinkly in surface texture.