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Papua New Guinea Simbai Balus Kopi A/X 2021

SKU: GEN21PGC
$4.30/lb$279.50/65lb box
  • Flavor: Chocolate, Plum, Black Tea, Brown Sugar
  • Body: Heavy
  • Acidity: Medium
  • Process: Washed
  • Moisture: 10.50%
  • Packaging: 65lb box
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Availability
Afloat: 86 Boxes
Cup Score: 85.25
Cupping Date: Jan '21

Tasting Notes
An elegant, nuanced PNG that centers around notes of crisp pear and lime zest in the aroma, rounding to cocoa nib and agave syrup in the cup. The mouthfeel is crisp and lively, like a good Vermouth, and the quiet finish is sweetly nut-toned. This is a lovely representation of the Bourbon and Typica varieties of Arabica, multi-layered and inviting.

About the Coffee
Papua New Guinea’s mountainous terrain with amazingly fertile volcanic soil is excellent for growing rich, vibrant Arabica coffee but not very good for transporting it. As a result, many remote villages and smallholder coffee farms are only reachable by foot or light aircraft, which is why air travel is crucial to get things moving.

Simbai Balus Kopi (Simbai Airplane Coffee) comes from the Simbai region, just over the Bismarck Range that borders the Western Highlands Province and Sepik Province. Our sister company at origin, Volcafe PNG, works with over 4,000 farmers in this isolated region across four airstrips to get them the support they need.

All coffee from Simbai is transported via plane. In order for Simbai farmers to access the supply chain, they must bring their coffee to an airstrip. It’s not easy – some farmers have a day’s journey from their farm to the airfields. Once the coffee arrives, it’s weighed in parchment, recorded, and stored in Volcafe PNG’s warehouses.

Volcafe PNG lines up charter flights whenever there’s enough coffee for a planeload. Our sister company also organizes the freight and staff support for the outbound journey from the airstrip to help cover part of the charter cost (usually around $2,000 USD). The coffee from Simbai is then transported to Mt. Hagen, where it joins our global supply chain.

The rich terroir of Simbai lends itself to wonderful sweetness, filled with chocolate and tropical fruit flavors, and a full-bodied, buttery quality representative of washed PNG coffee.

GEOGRAPHY:

Region Simbai

Altitude 1600-1900

PRODUCER:

Various smallholders

VARIETY:

Bourbon, Typica

PROCESSING:

Washed

HARVEST TIME:

April - July