LEMON ZEST, SWEET POTATO, BROWN
The process of applying heat to green coffee beans to transform its chemical & physical properties, resulting in roasted coffee beans that can be brewed.
This is a very aromatic coffee. It is also sweet and balanced. As a medium roast it offers cola and chocolatey notes.
Similar to Napa Valley or Burgundy for wine, the region where a coffee is grown can tell us a lot about the coffee.
Ulya, Waghi Valley
The farm & mill where the coffee cherry is grown & processed.
This selection represents the good things that can happen when small and large organizations work together. The lot comes from both Ulya, which is a 178-hectare coffee plantation, and many independent growers who have small farms near the plantation. There are hundreds of small-stake coffee farmers who work with Ulya. The Ulya plantation itself was founded in the 1930s by an Australian family, the Lay family, that came to Papua New Guinea specifically to introduce coffee as a cash crop. The plantation used to be nearly 800 hectares but many sections have been given to independent, indigenous farmers.
The method by which the green coffee bean is removed from the fruit & then dried & stored can affect the taste of the coffee.
WET PROCESSED (WASHED)
This selection is fully washed, or wet processed. In wet processing, beans are only dried after all the fruit on the bean has been completely removed. (Letting the fruit ferment first makes removing it easy.) This processing method:
- Is the most common method used for coffee
- Generally creates clean flavors
- Produces a consistent profile
Most wine drinkers know whether they prefer a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot. Similarly, the Arabica coffee plant has several botanical varieties, each with unique taste characteristics.