Simbu Y Grade, PNG
Simbu is PNG third largest coffee producing province. Centrally located in the heart of the highlands of Papua, Simbu produced high quality coffee and contributes approximately 10% of the country's annual arabica coffee production.
Coffee was first introduced in Simbu in the early 50s, it has been the most important crop to the local Simbuans. Previously, the main income for these highlanders are sweet potatoes. As coffee garners higher revenue, its economic and cultural activities evolves around cash income generated from the coffee crop.
These coffee is brought to you by Konga Coffee. Its founder Jerry Kapka is the largest locally owned coffee exporter in PNG. Nearly all of the coffee that he buys come from local smallholders. Each small holders farmers owns around 1-2 hectares of coffee "gardens" which they grow small amount of coffee. Jerry has been developing a specialty grade coffee over the Elimbari Mountains known as the Elimbari origin, we have yet to get a hold of these beans yet. Papua New Guinea, mainly exports its coffee primarily to Germany, USA and Australia. Getting hold the top crop can be challenging.
This coffee is a top cup and ideal to be consumed using a high pressure extraction. The Y1 Grade signifies the grade by the PNG coffee association. Y1 means the size are mixed and it has at most 70 defects per KG. We don notice the high amount of defect when we did our screening and picking out the defects in the green coffee. What special about the Y1 grade is that the coffee is guaranteed to have a fruity aroma based on its grading.
When roasted medium dark, it gives a gentle body with mild acidity. The coffee is sweet and fruity. Imagine rhubarb + almond with vanilla custard topping. Worth to try this coffee, you'll end up wanting for more!
Varietal : Typica
Origin : Simbu, Central PNG
Altitude : 1600 masl
Process : Washed