PNG Purosa Fairtrade Organic
Region: Purosa, Eastern Highlands Province
Grade: AX Grade - Washed
Screen Size: 14 / 17
Process Method: Fully Washed
Packaging: Coffee bags with valve
Tasting Notes: Creamy cup with blackcurrant flavour and acidity. Toffee, hazelnuts and cocoa to finish.
Optimal Roast: Suits all roast profiles. Great to add currant notes to a blend.
Cupping Score: Internal Score: 80.25
In March 2005 the 2,600 growers were accepted into the global Fair Trade organisation; their co-operative is managed by Coffee Connections. With PNG rural areas suffering under the absence of infrastructure maintenance and development due to a shortage of government funds, life in the village had become difficult due to the lack of infrastructure which meant that villagers had a huge problem in getting cash crops to market.
These growers are innovative people and the idea of forming a co-operative society was inspired by the village elders who, seeing that their people were struggling, arranged an initial collection of funds in the form of a small head tax to build up cash to carry out essential road maintenance. The idea grew into a registered co-operative group supported by Coffee Connections Limited to take charge over their destiny, even if only in a small way.
The Eastern Highlands Province was first developed as an important coffee region in the early 1980’s when seedlings of the Arabica coffee species Typica, bourbon and arusha were planted extensively in villages and in the two main plantations making up the Purosa group. The Purosa area has been certified organic for coffee since 1991. The rich volcanic soil and plentiful rainfall and sunlight provide excellent growing conditions for this coffee.