WHY WE LOVE IT: Baroida Estate deliciously defies expectations with juicy tropicals, light bitters, and crisp grapefruit acidity.
DESCRIPTION: mango, red grapefruit, dark honey, breakfast tea
REGION: Eastern Highlands
ALTITUDE: 1,700 - 1,850 m
VARIETY: Bourbon and Typica
Papua New Guinea’s specialty coffee impresses more every year. Still a relatively small coffee-producing country, PNG’s coffee industry is made up almost exclusively of smallholder producers who work near or with a few large estates that anchor the industry with washing stations, agricultural education, and resources for producing and exporting their crops.
This lot out of PNG comes from the Baroida plantation, one of the largest and oldest coffee farms in PNG’s Eastern Highlands region. Founded in the 1960s, Baroida has been owned and operated by the Colbran family for three generations. Today, the plantation is run by Nicol Colbran and the farm covers 220 hectares, where they maintain nearly one million coffee trees.
Baroida keeps meticulous records of their harvests, dividing a segment of the farm into 26 individual plots with every tree varietal recorded and tracked with GPS, allowing them to record exactly how much coffee of each varietal they harvest from each lot of the farm. This attention to detail has helped the Baroida plantation produce some of the best coffee to come out of Papua New Guinea this year.
Barioda Estate defies some expectations for what coffee from this region is known for. We get juicy tropicals like a mango matched with the light bitters of a good breakfast tea. A dark honey sweetness and a crisp grapefruit acidity round it out. We invite you to explore this relatively unknown region with a coffee that is richly sweet and deliciously fruity.