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PNG Western Highlands Kigibah Estate Washed

Origin Papua New Ginea (PNG) /

Altitude 1400 masl /

Crop Year 2018 /

Varietal Arusha & Bourbon Typica /

Product Code 6557

About PNG Western Highlands Kigibah Estate Washed

Kigibah plantation sits in the stunning Waghi Valley of the Western Highlands surrounded by towering dark blue mountains. The plantation was founded in the early 1960’s during the first development phase of coffee cultivation in the highlands. This period also saw the establishment of other well know Wester Highlands plantations including Amuliba, Kimil and Sigri.

Since this early expansion and following independence in the 980’s, many formally expat owned plantations are now under local ownership. Kigibah is run by Bill Gardner and Australian born and raised in PNG. The estate not only functions as an independent plantation but also engages with surrounding small-holder producers, purchasing ripe cherry and processing at Kigibah’s mill. Bill provides transport for producers while also offering technical assistance, fertilizer and pre-finance.

All coffees at Kigibah are fully washed and undergo full wet fermentation. Kigibah’s best lots are 100% sundried on raised beds.

About Papua New Ginea (PNG)

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 popluation still live in tribal villages, amny 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.