|Appearance||.0 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ acheives the blanced cup I describe, but FC+ was quite interesting as well, with emergent chocolate notes. BTW: When cross-cupped against a clean Central Am. Coffee, the herbal-foresty notes are crystal clear, but tasted solo, you need to look for them more.|
Papua New Guinea occupies the Eastern half of the island it shares with the Indonesian provice of Irian (no organized coffee production ocurrs from Irian, to my knowledge). PNG coffees can be a bit confusing. There can be a huge range of cups from Papua New Guinea, and the so-called Plantation coffees represent the cleaner character of the coffee produced on the island... more like a good Central American than part of the overall Indonesia flavor profile. The Organic PNG coffees have the more natural, rustic cup character. The plantations are larger farms that have their own coffee processing wet mills, so they are able to control all the variables of production better than the small farm "coffee gardens." All PNG coffees are wet-processed, which is a large part of their more bright, acidic profile, and why some basic aspects of the cup are indeed similar to a Central America coffee. Many other Indonesia coffees, such as Sumatra and the bulk of Sulawesi coffees, are "wet-hulled" which results in lower acidity, heavy body, and the funky "earthy" character which some people love more than others. This Maloolaba lot originates from the coffee areas of the Eastern Highlands, and is processed in the town of Goroka. It's unique because it bridges the gap between the more rustic Organic PNG coffees, and the cleaner Plantation lots: It is bright and lively, yet has the body of an Indonesia, and some rather Bohemian herbal/foresty notes as well. The dry fragrance is sweetly herbal, with a dash of thyme and a slightly minty accent. This turns to green apple, with a syrupy, dark honey-saturated sweet smell in the wet aromatics. There's an interesting tree-resin aromatic too, which is why it gives a somewhat foresty impression. It's striking to have brightness, sweet roast notes, and these exotic flora flavors in one cup, as if the brightness of a Panama had been mashed up with a clean example of Sulawesi coffee. Or perhaps we should think of the other wet-process Indos here, Timor, for example. In any case, it has notable balance. When properly rested (3 days) the body fill out in this cup, giving a buttery impression to the mouthfeel. As the cup cools, there is an apple skin texture to the finish, and soft floral notes emerge. This Maloolaba distinguished itself on the cupping table with a score of other PNG lots for bridging the diverse styles of PNG coffees, having the best characteristics of each.