Papua New Guinea Keto Tapasi - Indonesian Single Origin
Papua New Guinea
Chuave District, order of the Eastern Highlands, Chimbu Province
Various smallholder farmers
From the Importer of this coffee, Cafe Imports:
PNG is an extremely diverse country, with over 800 different languages spoken. Most of the tribes from the highlands had contact withthe western world until the 1930s, as exploration in PNG had been minimal. PNG is now a paradox between western influence and indigenous traditions.
Commercial coffee production started in Papua New Guinea in the 1920s, with seeds brought from Jamaica’s Blue Mountain, a Typica known asJamaica Blue Mountain. At that time most of the coffee production came from 18 large plantations. Plantations still exist in PNG, it only account for 15% of the total production; most of the production now comes from smallholders who tend to their coffee gardens, as they call them locally. These smallholders are subsistence farmers (meaning they live of their land), and they also grow coffee—there are no coffee farmers per se. Each garden might have anywhere from a couple to a couple hundred trees of coffee and parchment deliveries can range from 25–65 kg.
Keto Tapasi comes from smallholders between 1600—1800 masl from the Chuave District on the border of the eastern Highlands and the Chimbu Province. Coffee is processed by smallholders using hand-depulpers and small homemade fermentation setups, sun-dried, and then transported to Goroka for dry-milling.