New Guinea is the second largest island on Earth second only to Greenland. Papua makes up the eastern territory of the island, while Irian Jaya (a part of Indonesia) claims the rest. Papua New Guinea boasts a very diverse topography and culture. More than 850 languages are currently recognized in the country—12 percent of the world’s tongues. A majority of the Papuans live in the rural areas of the country; only 18 percent of its population reside in cities. Rugby is the sport of choice.
Papua New Guinea coffee is rich in cultivars. Coffee-growing in the country began in 1926 with the introduction of Jamaican Blue Mountain by early plantation holders. On September 16, 1975, Papua New Guinea gained its independence. Throughout the decade, the country worked to improve its infrastructure as well as relationships with foreign contacts; soon the island started to stand out as an origin for fine green coffee.
Coffee is now Papua New Guinea’s second largest export (after palm oil). Small holders (those who farm less than 1,500 trees) produce roughly 95 percent of crops. These coffee crops are some of the highest-grown in the world. Often, precious beans are flown from mountaintop airfields.
The Kimel Estate was established in 1974 by an Australian, and named for the picturesque river that it borders. Today, the indigenous Opias Tribe owns and manages the land, employing more than 400 workers. These workers reside on the estate, where their children receive schooling and medical care is provided.
The beans are wet-processed and a provide a vibrant, bright, and full-bodied cup. The strong and broad profile acts as a blend within a single origin. The beans lend themselves to a medium roast, resting 24 hours after roasting for full flavor development. The nose is tempted with this coffee’s chocolately aroma, but it is the taste that makes this one of our grandest coffee offerings.