It does not get a whole lot more Out There than Papua New Guinea.
The Kindeng Coffee Estate is where our peaberry coffee on offer comes from. These producers are located in the Waghi Valley of Jiwaka Province in Papua New Guinea at about 5,000 feet above sea level. They utilize 351 ha on volcanic soil and shade grown the coffee using a typica variety of coffee plant. This is sun-dried for 10-14 days and processed.
So what is peaberry?
In short, peaberry is a common yet somewhat unpredictable occurrence in the growth of a coffee cherry. Normally coffee cherries produce two seeds, with peaberries they produce a single seed and it is often rounded, resembling a pea. This causes the seeds to be more dense and inherit a few other characteristics that roast differently than the normal beans of the same tree.
Personally, I enjoy peaberries as they provide a subtle variance from the other cherries produced by that tree/farm. If you love a coffee then try the peaberry version, it serves to provide a deeper understanding and color to something you already enjoy. If this is your first time with peaberry this Papua New Guinea may spoil you a bit (1).
Peaberry selection is a bit more labor intensive and requires separating the peaberries from the other beans. This is often done by hand, which is one reason that peaberries are a rarity and often sought after. Kindeng farms have a sorting machine that makes this process much less intensive and thus can consistently offer and specialize in providing peaberries for everyone to enjoy.
How does this coffee impact the local communities?
Very glad you asked, as this is the primary driver behind why we exist at all. First off, the engagements with these communities respects the Polynesian cultures and engages with the farmers in ownership over the processes involved. They live in communities that are focused on coffee production and see year over year gains and improvements to infrastructure, medical care, and education as their hard work becomes visibly manifested around them (2).
Second, the environment has always been closely connected to the people of Papua New Guinea and the coffee farming seeks to continue this intimacy for generations. Native shade trees are used to protect the 90 species of birds that cohabitate with the coffee farmers and plants. This also promotes even ripening of the cherries and further bio-diversity. Using advanced processing facilities the coffee can be processed with less labor and less water than other methods.
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