Papua New Guinea Boana Plantation Filter Coffee

$ 12.00$ 48.00

Sweet with medium body & acidity. Plum, chocolate, dark fruits, guava, toffee & nougat.

Region: Kainantu District, Eastern Highlands
Variety: Typica & Arusha
Process: Washed
Altitude: 1,700 – 2,200 masl

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This coffee comes from the Baroida Estate, located in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, which was founded by Ben Colbran in the 1960’s. Ben first purchased the land from a native man named Taro, and was amongst the first people to cultivate coffee in these highland valleys of PNG. The name Baroida refers to a spirit residing in a large boulder sitting in one of the rivers that run through the estate. The boulder has been there ever since the locals can remember and can be related to the ability of the Colbrans to withstand tough times and to continue their development in producing great coffees.

The highlands of Papua New Guinea form the backbone of the Country, and with its high altitudes and colder climate, it is perfect for the cultivation of high-quality Arabica Coffee. 70% of the population is still dependant on subsistence agriculture, and have small plots of coffee trees amongst their fruit and vegetables. Only traditional and natural farming procedures are used in the highlands, as chemicals, synthetic fertilisers and pesticides are both unknown and unobtainable because of cost and logistics.

‘Boana’ is sourced as cherry from a variety of surrounding native estate owners and tribal lands who have been supplying cherry to the Colbrans for decades, and is the name of the spirit that roams the valleys surrounding Baroida estate. Coffee cherry is bought to the Baroida wet mill collection point on a daily basis during harvest. The cherry is hand-sorted, and checked for quality, for which, the farmers are paid on the spot. Baroida then pulps, ferments, washes, dries and prepares the coffee for export. The Colbrans family continue to push the quality envelope in one of the most challenging coffee origins on the planet!

Papua New Guinea shares the eastern portion of the large island of Indonesia and comprises of 600 islands situated just below the equator and to the north of Australia.

In some parts, PNG has hardly changed in centuries and is wild-n-rugged; it has high mountains, tropical rain forests, grassy plains, sandy beaches and coral reefs. Most of the population still live in tribal villages, many unconnected by roads. A tribe will not wander into another tribe’s territory for fear of inciting tribal warfare, which is still commonly fought with bows and arrows.

PNG has some of the world’s last tropical rain forests. Subsistence agriculture is very commonly practised throughout at 98% and with permanent crops at only 1.4% of arable land. Subsistence agriculture is still commonly practiced by the many. Papua New Guinea gained independence from Australian 1975, and is a Commonwealth Country.

The highlands form the back-bone of the Country, with its high altitude and cooler climate is perfect for the cultivation of high-quality Arabica Coffee. 70% of the population are still dependant on subsistence agriculture with small plots of coffee trees. Pure economics dictate traditional and natural farming procedures as chemicals, synthetic fertilisers and pesticides are both unknown and unobtainable because of cost and logistics. Resulting in coffee with naturally low levels of caffeine and acidity, with absolutely no trace elements of chemicals and pollutants. This fact is verified by independent Australian and European laboratories.