Papua New Guinea- Riverside Mill - Kabiufa
Region: Kabiufa, Eastern Highlands
Altitude: 1750 masl
Variety: Arusha, Typica, Mundo Novo
This coffee is the initiative of Moses Venapo, an entrepreneurial producer in the Easter Highlands, who wanted to offer local smallholders better access to higher market prices as well as a higher-traceability option. Moses established a cherry-buying facility as well as installed a wet mill in his backyard in order to have more control over the purchasing and processing. The coffee is bought in cherry at a significant premium to the general market, and sorted carefully, providing farmers with feedback about best practices in picking. This is a new, small project that so far serves around 50 smallholders within Moses' village and neighboring villages, but we see a lot of promise based on the cup quality. Sugary sweetness and mouthfeel with notes of brown sugar, cocoa, and grapefruit.