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PNG Eastern Highlands Boana PLT AX Washed

Origin Papua New Ginea (PNG) /

Altitude 1700 - 2200 masl /

Crop Year 2019 /

Product Code 6781

About PNG Eastern Highlands Boana PLT AX Washed

The Baroida Estate is located in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea and was founded by Ben Colbran, in the 1960’s. Ben first purchased the land from a native man named Taro & was amongst the first people to cultivate coffee in these highland valleys.

Colbrans not only grew coffee on their estate but also served as collectors and agents for large multinational traders based in Goroka. They supplied high quality cherry and parchment-sourced coffees that were highly sought after and renowned.

In 2010, MTC and the Colbran family joined in a unique specialty coffee partnership, with the aim to bypass the large multinational traders and focus on unique, traceable and small-lot specialty coffees. ‘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. Boana is the name of the spirit that roams the valleys surrounding Baroida estate.

Local cherry is bought to the Baroida wet mill collection point on a daily basis during harvest. The cherry is sorted and checked for quality and the growers are paid on the spot for their crop. 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. Flavor profiles here are incredibly unique, with an intense and vibrant fruit-forward expression.

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.