This Wahgi arrived as the standout of the early harvest, a wonderful Peaberry lot. There is an apple pie note in the aroma, stone fruit flavors (plum, peach) dominate the cup, with a cane sugar sweetness. Jammy flavor, violet floral notes, blackberry sweetness, slight wheat chaff hint. It's a bright and refreshing cup! Full City roast level.
Papua New Guinea occupies the Eastern half of the island it shares with the Indonesian province of Irian (or simply Papua). There is very, very little organized coffee production from the Irian side, but the PNG highlands are planted with a variety of coffee types, and a combination of a few large plantations, and many smallholder coffee gardens. PNG coffees can be a bit confusing. They are different from other Indonesian, Southeast Asian or Pacific Island types. All PNG coffees are wet-processed (as is coffee from Guatemala, Colombia, etc.) It explains the bright flavor profile of PNG coffee compared to nearby Indonesian growing areas, and why some basic aspects of the cup are indeed similar to a Central America coffee. Indonesians like Sumatra and the bulk of Sulawesi coffees are "wet-hulled" which results in lower acidity, heavy body, and the funky "earthy" character which some people love more than others. There can be a huge range of cups flavors from rustic, bulked Organic lots to Plantation coffees. The plantations are larger farms that have their own coffee-processing wet mills, so they are able to control all the variables of production better than the small farm coffee gardens. That is where this Wahgi Valley Plantation coffee comes in. It is farmed by the Opais peoples of the Wahgi Valley, with some of the coffee grown on the plantation or bought from a stable network of adjacent farms. Like other PNG estate coffees, this lot is comprised of more cultivars than you can count on one hand, a mixed salad of green coffees: Typica, Arusha, Blue Mountain, Mundo Novo, Catimor, Caturra, and probably more! This indicates that, while buyers and sellers like to represent coffees being of one or two cultivars, in reality farmers tend to plant some on any type that comes along, a way of hedging your bets in case any particular cultivar doesn't pan out.
We usually offer Kimel coffees because there is always a stand-out lot from that plantation. But this Wahgi arrived as the standout of the early harvest. This particular PB lot is extremely nice. The dry fragrance is sweet like cane sugar syrup, especially vibrant at City+ roast level where plum and lychee fruit can be detected. The wet aroma has orange marmalade and plum jam notes, a very clean and sweet scent. There is an apple pie note on the break. While I preferred the aromatics of the C+ roast, it is the FC roast that shines in the cup. Stone fruit flavors (plum, peach) dominate the cup, with a cane sugar sweetness. It's a jammy flavor, and as it cools a violet floral note emerges, as does a blackberry sweetness. The finish has a slight wheat chaff hint, which might be distracting in another coffee, but works well here (thing weissbier). It's a bright and refreshing cup!