The cup flavors are sweet, bright and clean; buttery toffee, caramel popcorn, hints of golden raisin, lemon, cinnamon powder and green tea. Chocolate and berry in dark roasts. City to Full City.
|Region||Urara Village, Aiyura, Eastern Highlands|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||October 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Arusha, Typica, Bourbon, Mondonovo|
|Appearance||.4 d/300 grams; 15-17 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
The Baroida Plantation, located in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, was founded by Ben Colbran in the 1960s. Ben first purchased the land from a local man named Taro and they were amongst the first people to cultivate crops in these valleys. In 1965, the government encouraged the early settlers to start growing coffee as a long-term sustainable crop. Ben started to plant coffee trees becoming one of the first coffee producers of the Eastern Highlands. The Colbran Family is now in its third generation with Ben's son Nichol and grandson Chris running Baroida plantation. Through either luck or good design, the Baroida plantation sits at the apex of the Lamari river valley and Mount Jabarra range. The plantation itself is at about 1700 meters amongst thousands of hectares of cleared land with former colonial coffee estates surrounding them (now run by native landowners) and flanked by mountains (up to 2300 meters) filled with small holder coffee producers. In addition to processing their own coffee, the Colbrans buy from some of the small holders nearby and process separately by location. This coffee is from a section of their farm called "Urara", which is also the name of the village where the processing site is located. We picked up these 9 bags, which are a blend of Arusha, Typica, Bourbon, Mondonovo, as well as a smaller, all Arusha cultivar separation that should be available in a few weeks.
What a sweet cup this PNG makes and with convincing, brilliant acidity and moderate top notes in light and darker roasts. The fragrance and aroma show subtle fruit and spice notes enveloped by toffee and caramel candy smells, a caramelizing, buttery sweetness. City and City+ brews have a sweet flavor of caramel popcorn (think 'Cracker Jacks') when hot that gives way to tangy fruited accents like golden raisin and lemon that adds shimmering acidity to the cup. While caramel sweetness is at this coffee's core, the cooled coffee offers hints of cinnamon powder and green tea. Full City roasts are also really sweet though tempered by bittering cacao roast notes. Look for dark berry highlights in the more developed roasts and a pleasing tannic mouthfeel.