Papua New Guinea washed Arabica Plantation Sigri A+17
|Unit of Measure||GrainPro Sack à 60kg|
|Bag Type||Grain Pro|
|Region||Waghi Valley, Western Highlands|
Coffee in Papua New Guinea has been commercially planted since 1950s only. The Sigri Plantation was one of the first farms that started with the professional cultivation of coffee. Today it comprises 122ha and is internationally recognized for producing one of the finest coffees in the world.
All plantings are Arabica, concentrating on the Typica varieties which originate from seed of Jamaica Blue Mountain Typica. The combination of fertile volcanic soil, heights of approx. 1.550 meters, the cool climate and ample rainfalls create the ideal environment for growing high quality Arabica coffee.
Moreover, strict rules on fauna protection have been implemented on Sigri Estate in order to create a sanctuary for endangered species under threat. The farm management supports different kinds of social concerns: community activities, aiding schools, churches and medical facilities. They undertake road and bridge maintenance for the use of the community and have founded several elementary schools of which one was sponsored by List + Beisler. Furthermore, a Community Relations Officer is involved in projects that enhance women´s status in the community in order to promote gender equality.
What comes to your mind when thinking about Papua New Guinea? Most likely not a whole lot as this remote country remains one of the least discovered ones. Located north of the Australian tip, marking the eastern border to the Pacific Ocean, this country stuns with its cultural diversity. More than 850 languages managed to establish themselves in this country. Not surprisingly, PNG is also one of the most rural countries in the world. Scientists also believe that PNG may still hold numerous undiscovered plants, animals, and indigenous peoples in its lush jungles. Reasons enough to pay more attention to coffees from this stunning and untamed land.
Coffee is a relative newcomer to Papua New Guinea considering that the commercial coffee production in the country dates back to 1926/1927 when the first Jamaica Blue Mountain seeds were planted. Making up a share of approx. 70% of the coffee production is largely characterized by small farmers with landholdings that grow as little as 20 trees per plot in so-called "coffee gardens" alongside subsistence crops. The country is generally dominated by fragmented mountain ranges, steep valleys, and plateaus that are difficult to access.
Since many of the smallholder farmers live in such remote places, their coffee must be picked up by airplanes on grass landing strips, or for those lucky enough to have road access, trucked to the nearest town – often struggling with broken axles from the trip. The typical village-based grower in PNG uses no synthetic fertilizer or chemical pesticides. Leaf-fall from the trees which shade it, together with the skin and pulp of his freshly processed crop provide natural and nutrient-rich mulch.
In order to process his coffee, the farmer uses either his own small hand-operated pulping machine or brings his coffee cherries to central washing stations. Nevertheless, also larger farms such as the Sigri and neighboring Kigabah Plantation are part of the exciting coffee culture in PNG. In general, PNG coffees stand for exciting complexity, truly spinning you once around the flavor wheel.
|COFFEE REGIONS||Eastern Highlands, Western Highlands, Simbu Province|
|COFFEE ALTITUDES||1,000 – 1,900 masl.|
|VARIETIES||Bourbon, Typica, Arusha|
|HARVEST PERIOD||Apr – Sep|
|COFFEE FARMS||Smallholders and plantations|
|AVERAGE FARM SIZE||0.5 – 5.5 ha|
|YEARLY PRODUCTION (IN 60KG BAGS)||752,000|