Coffee Origins – Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a country of natural wonders. It boasts of raw beauty
with its dense jungle, steep cliff faces and abundance of natural resources. Much of
the PNG landscape remains untouched and is thought to be home to many
undiscovered species of wildlife.
Despite its rich biodiversity and obvious aesthetic appeal, one third of the countries’ 7 Million population live in extreme poverty and are dealing with serious social and health issues. This makes coffee production even more important to PNG as it is known for fetching a premium price that helps the industry to continue to grow and thrive.
Coffee is PNG’s second largest export commodity and is responsible for the
employment of over 2.5 million people. This commitment to coffee production,
along with the biodiversity of PNG, results in some of the highest quality coffee in
the world and one of Australian coffee drinkers favourite choice of origins.
Our ‘PNG Simbu’ is ethically and traceably sourced from Simbu in the Central
Highlands of Papua New Guinea. The name ‘Simbu’ is derived from the local dialect word ‘sipuuuu’ which, in English, means ‘thankyou’. Most of the coffee here comes from small gardens that employ a sum total of nearly 90% of the Simbu population! They mostly focus on high grade, specialty coffee but do not produce nearly as much as some of the other provinces in PNG. Our producer, a premium smallholder coffee company, is providing us with an ‘A’ grade high quality bean that is harvested between March and July each year. The farm sends their freshly harvested and processed specialty green beans to one of the local exporters based in Kundiawa, the capital the Simbu province. This exporter is a well-regarded consolidator who have a team of experienced local coffee experts who live and work the community. They work closely with farmers and their families to export their product to us and improve the overall quality of life for the local people of Simbu.