Region: Eastern Highlands of PNG
Micro Region: Okapa
Average Altitude: 1800-2200m
Varietal: Typica & Bourbon
Soil Type: Loamy Soil
Harvest Time: October through to March
In the cup: Cocoa and maple, good body, long and clean finish
This coffee varies from the lower altitude to higher altitude parchments collected from small farmers and some Plantation A grades. Wet processed and sorted to remove most defects but it rather has inconsistent bean sizes.
The Okapa region is a picturesque area of the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea where plentiful rain and rich volcanic soils provide ideal growing conditions for coffee. Coffee is the number one cash crop in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Over 2 million people (40% of the country’s total population) depend both directly and indirectly on money earned from coffee to purchase household, pay children’s school fees, provide clothing and medicines and take care of cultural obligations.
Because of the remoteness, the coffee must be picked up by airplanes on grass landing strips, or for those lucky enough to have road access, it must be trucked to the nearest town for processing.