This coffee has a unique story, different from other offerings from PNG–it is the initiative of Moses Venapo, an entrepreneurial producer in the Eastern Highlands, who wanted to offer local smallholders better access to higher market prices as well as a higher-traceability option. While most coffee in Kabiufa is delivered in parchment in small quantities to roadside delivery points, Moses established a cherry-buying facility as well as installed a wet mill in his back yard in order to have more control over the purchasing and processing. The coffee is bought in cherry at a significant premium to the general market, and sorted carefully, providing farmers with feedback about best practices in picking.
This is a new, small project that so far serves around 50 smallholders within Moses’s village and the neighboring villages, but we see a lot of promise based on the cup quality and ingenuity of the venture.
Origin: Papua New Guinea
Region: Kabiufa, Eastern Highlands
Farm: About 50 smallholder farms
Variety: Arusha, Mundo Novo, Typica
Altitude: 1750 masl
Proc. Method: Washed
Harvest Schedule: April – August