After a long stay at the Java landscape and not being impressed with what we got from Sumatra I went back to the Papua New Guinea wing of our lineup. I go here often. Maybe too often. I brought it back because this year in 2020 I'm wanting to solidify what we buy so that we can develop longer standing relationships. Chasing my tail with coffee's was getting a bit much and since we had this in the past and liked it - winner winner chicken dinner. The coffee we got this year as opposed to last year is a bit different. Not as lively of a cup I will say, but that's ok. It's got a rather thick body akin to Maple Syrup. It really hangs but in a really refreshing way. Doesn't dry out your mouth. The fruits are pretty muted by comparison but still present. Mango's is what I got but I think most people won't experience it like that. Maybe a bit more Tangerine. Solid amount of sweetness going on probably closer to a Ethiopian than a Nicaraguan but not sugary sweet.
2017/2018 review below:
Well lookee here! A PNG that's not a peaberry from us - what a shocker. Papua New Guinea and Tanzania are the two main Peaberry producers so we tend to lean on those two origins a bit for that but that doesnt mean they can't produce good quality coffee's. If you're not into Sumatran/indo coffees for much of the bad rep they get, and some of it is surely justified, then Papua New Guinea is generally the lone outlier. This is due to the processing being a washed rather than a general forrest floor drying that Sumatra and other origins do.
I like this coffee because it was really fresh landed. We picked it up a week after it arrived in December at the ports so if you're reading this in March it's still in that wow super fresh landed coffee zone. Generally it fades about 3-6 months in. Focusing solely on fresh landed crop is only part of the deal and not even the largest thing we should look at but overall you'll notice a bit of a lively cup. Generally a bit more fruity and clean which is par for the course with us and PNG as an origin.