Papua New Guinea - Kunjin

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Papua New Guinea - Kunjin

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It's Back!  One of Sidecar's all time favorites is back, roasted to a medium roast this time.

The cup:

" Mellow and sweet with tart acidity and a smooth mouthfeel; lots of caramel with cocoa, lemon-lime, toffee and fresh basil flavors."

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Papua New Guinea-Kunjin comes from small-holders between 1400 - 1800 masl from the Waghi Valley in Western Highlands . 

PNG is an extremely diverse country with over 800 different languages spoken.  Most of the tribes from the highlands had contact with white men not until the 1930s as exploration in PNG had been minimal.  PNG is now a paradox between Western influence and indigenous traditions.

Commercial coffee production started in Papua New Guinea in the 1920s with seeds brought from Jamaica’s Blue Mountain, a Typica known as Jamaica Blue Mountain.  At that time most of the coffee production came from 18 large plantations.  Plantations still exist in PNG but it only accounts for 15% of the total production; most of the production now comes from small-holders who tend to their coffee gardens, as they call them locally.  The small-holders are subsistence farmers (meaning they live of their land) 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.

PNG is another one of those countries which has great of potential but it is still far away from hitting its peak.  It has heirloom varieties and great altitude, but its social and economic problems makes it extremely hard to achieve top-quality coffee.