Why we love it: This coffee is sweet, juicy, and has a touch of savoriness. A distinctive and all around enjoyable coffee.
Impact: Our partners Bellwether Coffee and Benchmark Coffee Traders support a strong social agenda that provides free housing, healthcare, and schooling to the coffee pickers and farmers who work tirelessly to help produce these unique coffees.
Farm Story: Papua New Guinea Bunum Wo PB is grown in the Wahgi Valley in the Western Highlands Province at over 4500 feet. Soil and water conservation is a priority and the estate is bird and eco-friendly. They employ a medium density shade strategy, using two types of shade trees. This promotes even ripening of coffee cherries and provides habitat for at least 90 species of birds. Cherries are hand-picked and carefully checked for uniformity; it must be red and fully ripe which allows for the correct balance of sugar and acid within the cherry. This selected cherry is then pulped on the day of picking. A fermentation process follows, a period of three days broken every 24 hours by washing – but unlike many other coffees, the Bunum Wo process follows this by total immersion in water for a further day. This balances the flavors. After sun-drying, the coffees are carefully conditioned for 21 days. Next the coffee goes through the process of destoning, hulling, grading, densitometric sorting, color sorting, and finally hand sorting.
Region: Wahgi Valley, Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea
Elevation: 1500 MASL