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Origin Information

Grower
780 coffee producers associated with Morobe Mountain Coffee Exporters (MMCE)
Variety
Arusha, Bourbon, Typica, and Mondova
Region
Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea
Harvest
April-September
Altitude
1700 - 2000 meters
Soil
Volcanic loam
Process
Fully washed and dried in the sun
Certifications
Organic

Background Details

Here is an origin that is underrepresented or exotic (if you prefer), perfect for spicing up the average specialty coffee menu. Papua New Guinea or PNG as we like to call it here at Royal is not an origin you might easily locate on a map if you don’t know where to look.  Find Indonesia and go east to the last island in the archipelago and split it in half. The right half is PNG. There is a lot to say about PNG, so much so that coffee production might be the backstory. PNG is considered one of the most unexplored and diverse places on earth both for its people, their cultures, and many languages, as well as, the flora and fauna. PNG might also be one of the most underexplored and challenged coffee origins at least in terms of supply chain. Farms are small and located in remote areas where individual producers with family support manage their own land, which average just a few acres in size. They only have access to organic inputs and their harvests are small enough for each individual producer to operate their own wet mill where cherries are sorted, depulped fermented, washed, and dried. After processing, supply chain support can be very challenging for small producers in PNG. Fortunately, a new exporter called Morobe Mountain Coffee Exporters (MMCE) is working to provide supply chain support for 780 producers who cultivate coffee around the communities of Menyamya and Aseki. MMCE has invested in local warehouses and logistics to facilitate moving coffee to their dry mill also located in the district of Morobe. From there MMCE provides quality control and access to the international market. MMCE is also helping farmers with technical support for achieving improved organic farm management practices and gaining certification. Farmers are starting to earn more because the quality of the coffee has attracted the attention of importers and roasters, present company included.