Coffee’s Role in Papua New Guinea
The island of Papua New Guinea (PNG) is dominated by rugged mountains and forests, with isolated villages spread throughout the nation growing coffee. Despite the remoteness and historically poor infrastructure of PNG, great strides have recently been made in the specialty coffee world, creating highly sought after microlots prized all over the world.
A businesswoman and plantation owner of American-Samoan descent and known as “Queen Emma,” was directly responsible for introducing and spreading coffee throughout the country via her extensive plantations. Now roughly 85% of coffee in Papa New Guinea comes from remote smallholders, mostly growing at altitudes over 1,500 meters above sea level. One of the great challenges for high quality specialty coffee in Papa New Guinea is the logistics of getting the ripe coffee cherries from the farm to the commercial centers processing them.
Regions & Cup Profile
September (Main Crop), January – February (Fly Crop)
Arusha, Blue Mountain, Typica
Western Highland, Eastern Highlands, Morobe Province, Jiwaka Province