Papua New Guinea Kunjin Wahgi Valley

Papua New Guinea Kunjin Wahgi Valley

$ 12.50

From various smallholder farms in Wahgi Valley of the Western Highlands, this combination of Arusha, Blue Mountain, and San Ramon varietals is syrupy sweet, with cherry, raisin, chocolate, heavy and tart intense acidity.

Papua New Guinea is an extremely diverse country, with over 800 different languages spoken. Commercial coffee production started in Papua New Guinea in the 1920s, with seeds brought from Jamaica's Blue Mountain, a Typica variety. At that time, most of the coffee production came from 18 large plantations. Plantations still exist in PNG, but that type of farming only accounts 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. The smallholders are subsistence farmers, 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.


Kunjin comes from smallholders between 1400–800 meters, from the Waghi Valley in Western Highlands, in close proximity to the town of Mount Hagen. Coffee is being processed in a leased vintage John Gordon–brand wet mill in an old plantation. Owning a mill or property in PNG is risky, and it could take years to establish a reputation of trust with the local tribes. Even if you make a deal, there is always risk of losing it, as the tribe could simply change their mind on the deal once they see the mill is profitable.