People who have been in the coffee industry a while know that PNG holds an esteemed reputation of being capable of producing some of the world's best coffees.
PNG is an origin of remarkable potential. However, that potential is sometimes challenged or wasted by the weather, a lack of appropriate infrastructure or a beaurocratic government.
Despite the rollercoaster that can be PNG coffees, if there is one origin that we could nominate as being our most competitive, dominant and postioned as a clear leader in the our local Australian market, it is without doubt PNG.
Whilst we move tons of premium grade Kenyan single origin coffees each month, our strategic holdings of PNG are without peer in Australia and our ability to produce a world-class PNG roasted product is our key differentiator.
Many coffee companies focus on other origins or bypass PNG completely because they don't understand it's real potential.
For us, PNG is always our halo origin. It's where I started my coffee adventure almost 37 years ago and it remains a key focus for our premium grade coffees.
Since 2011, the availability of quality PNG coffees in Australia has been limited. Changes to the distribution of the main export supplier meant that quality was being sacrificed in the pursuit of volume and over the last 5 years this has resulted in an overall decline in the general range of PNG coffees.
Around the same time, many of the small landholders that had traditionally used coffee as a cash-crop began to look at alternatives such as selling their precious land to timber merchants or abandoning coffee for other food products or mining.
Most of the coffee varietals grown in PNG are from the esteemed Jamacia Blue Mountain. These are rich coffees with exceptional flavour, body and rounded finish.
We have said if before - the Australian coffee palate has grown up on PNG coffees.
In 2016 we established a source of the best available coffees from PNG - grown at high altitude in the Simbu Provence.
These coffees are extremely clean, rich and full bodies with exceptional complexity and a wonderful caramel and chocolate finish.
As a plunger, stovetop or espresso, these coffee shine in any situation and we consider these PNG specialty grade coffees to be about the most balanced and rounded within our broad portfolio
This PNG coffee ticks every box for a classy coffee.
Lush, rich, full bodied smoothness with a buttery refined sweetness that is just so moorish.
Sometimes it tastes like a molten Mars bar, other times I'm sure it's a snickers or violet crumble.
Clean, balanced and very rewarding. This is how coffee should be always.