Location: Kainantu, Eastern Highlands
Producer: Mr. Fero Yasona
Altitude: 1850 – 1890 masl
Crop year: 2016
In the cup: Watermelon, black tea, black currant, raspberry. Sweet, clean and complex.
Solwara Coffee is located a mile in from the small township of Kainantu, in the Eastern highlands province. The name ‘Solwara’ literally means salt water in the common PNG language; ‘tok pidgin’. The name was given by the owner of Solwara Coffee, Mr. Fero Yasona; it has been his hope to source and buy coffee from across PNG from coast to coast. It is this desire to grow in the coffee industry that has pushed him to establish and operate a dry mill many years ago. Mr. Yasona has also developed a wet mill dedicated to the many old plantation block owners that surround him at his current location at Aiyura. Mr. Yasona is an established name in the coffee industry of PNG, with decades of experience.
Processing Most of the coffee from Solwara comes from coffee blocks from the five plantations and a total of around 200 farmers within the locality of the mill. This is coffee grown under shade and hand-picked to be pulped within the same day. These are fully washed coffee with clean water from streams within the Aiyura area. Slow sun drying is common due to lengthy periods of cloud cover in this area. Drying is done on tarpaulin sails with continuous turning of coffee parchment. These are then processed at the Solwara Mill. Coffee is dried to a spec. of not more than 12% moisture, before they are sold to Monpi Coffee Exports.