Crankhouse Coffee - Papua New Guinea
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Kunjin co-op in Waghi Valley in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea
Arusha & Typica
1400 - 1800 masl
Clean and Sweet with notes of Fig, Orange & Fudge with a Dark Brown Sugar finish
There are over 800 distinct languages spoken by the Papua New Guinea's immense diversity of indigenous tribes, many of which had no interaction with the western world until the 1930’s.
Today, the majority of the nation’s coffee production is done by smallholder farmers, each owning anywhere from just a couple to a couple hundred trees. These small scale operations then sell to mills, which still operate in much the same way as when they were founded as commodity plantations in the 1920’s.
Kunjin is able to improve quality by purchasing cherry from select farmers in the Waghi Valley. They lease a mill on one of the original 15 plantations called Ulya. At this mill they maintain complete control through milling. Days lots are cupped and micro lot level selections are isolated for separate processing.
At the Ulya mill, coffees are purchased and sorted in cherry, depulped, fermented for 24 hours in tanks without water, then dried on tarpaulins for three to six days. Coffee is sent to the Kagamuga dry mill in Mount Hagen for hulling and final sorting for export.
This is a surprisingly clean and sweet of this coffee, from a more unusual region.