Papua New Guinea Simbai Balus

$20.75
medium roast:
An easy drinking washed PNG from the Simbai region. The coffee brews up well balanced with slight stone fruit notes and caramel cacao nibs flavors in an encompassing smooth and heavy mouthfeel.
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Description

very versatile for all brew methods


An easy drinking washed PNG from the Simbai region. The coffee brews up well balanced with slight
stone fruit notes 
and caramel cacao nibs flavors in an encompassing smooth and heavy mouthfeel.

 

 

COUNTRY papua new guinea
REGION simbai
FARM various smallholder farmers
VARIETY bourbon, typica
ALTITUDE 1520-1770 m
PROCESS washed

Papua New Guinea’s rugged mountains and fertile volcanic soil create an ideal environment for growing rich, flavorful Arabica coffee. However, the challenging terrain makes transporting it difficult. Many of the country’s remote villages and smallholder coffee farms, which account for 85% of PNG's coffee production, can only be accessed by foot or light aircraft. As a result, air travel is essential for moving coffee from these areas.

Simbai Balus Kopi, or Simbai Airplane Coffee, originates from the Simbai region, located just beyond the Bismarck Range, which separates the Western Highlands Province from the Sepik Province. Our partner company at the source, Volcafe PNG, collaborates with over 4,000 farmers in this remote area, utilizing four airstrips to provide them with the necessary support.

All green coffee from Simbai is transported by plane. Farmers must bring their coffee to one of these airstrips, which can be quite a journey—sometimes taking an entire day. Once at the airstrip, the coffee is weighed, documented, and stored in importer managed warehouses.

They then arrange charter flights whenever there is enough coffee to fill a plane. They also handle the logistics and provide staff support for the outbound flights, helping to cover part of the charter cost, which is usually around USD 2,000. The coffee is then flown to Mt. Hagen, where it then makes its way to the States.