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PNG Eastern Highlands Tabua Washed

Origin Papua New Ginea (PNG) /

Altitude 1800 - 2100 masl /

Crop Year 2019 /

Varietal Arusha Blue Mountain Red Bourbon Typcia /

Product Code 6151

About PNG Eastern Highlands Tabua Washed

Rugged and wild, PNG’s Eastern Highlands Provence (EHP) produce some spectacular and incredibly unique flavours. This region is vastly different from the more familiar Western Highland’s. Almost all coffee in EHP is produced by small-holder growing communities, most living subsistence livelihoods with coffee as their only cash crop. With its lofty altitude, harvest in the East typically starts around May and ends around winds down around August/September. Production and processing here are rustic, though, with recent improvements in pulping and drying equipment in growing communities and better processing practices, many small-holder growing groups are producing incredible coffees and the potential to improve further is immense. ​

‘Tabua’ consist of the highest quality the Eastern Highlands small-holder lots delivered to our milling and export partner in Goroka. These coffees are grown by a network of smallholder growers throughout the Kianantu, Obura-Wonenara, Henganofi and Okapa districts of EHP. Producers cooperatively manage small village coffee blocks, pulping and sun-drying coffees at village micro-mills. These top-lots are QC’d by MTC before being milled and stored in separation. Tabua lots redefine just how good small-holder New Guinea coffees can be.

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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.