FTO Papua New Guinea Keto Tapasi
In the cup, we find this coffee to be rich and full-bodied with cedar aromatics, toffee, cherry juice, caramel, cocoa and cola flavors. This coffee is complex and very balanced!
Origin: Papua New Guinea
Region: Chuave District, border of Eastern Highlands, Chimbu Province
Producer(s): Various smallholder farms
Variety: Arusha, Typica
Altitude: 1600-1800 meters above sea level
Processing: Fully Washed
We have never worked with this cooperative before, but we were looking for another great Papua New Guinea to round out our menu. We found it in Keto Tapasi!
Here's what our importing partner, Cafe Imports, has has to say about this coffee:
Keto Tapasi comes from smallholders between 1600—1800 masl from the Chuave District on the border of the eastern Highlands and the Chimbu Province. Coffee is processed by smallholders using hand-depulpers and small homemade fermentation setups, sun-dried, and then transported to Goroka for dry-milling.
Personally, I’m really excited to work with PNG as a coffee-producing country, being culturally and socially as foreign as it gets. During my first visit in 2012, my luggage was left in Jakarta and I wouldn’t get it back until my way out of PNG. I took a cab to Vision City Mega Mall, in the capital city of Port Moresby, and bought a Quicksilver T-shirt for $50 USD, and there weren’t many options. The Highlander Hotel in Mt Hagen will run you $300 USD per night, with cockroaches in your room and you might get the suite over the kitchen—good luck sleeping! On the other hand, locals are living off their land with very little income. One of the reasons of such disparity is that there is a big mining boom as we speak where multinationals are extracting valuable minerals and have brought local prices up as mining is very resource-intensive.
PNG is another one of those countries which has great of potential but it is still far away from hitting its peak. It has heirloom varieties and great altitude, but its social and economic problems makes it extremely hard to achieve top-quality coffee. We are happy, nonetheless, with the quality we are seeing this year and cleanliness in the cup is one of the biggest attributes for these. As always, we will push the bar for better quality!"
We really, really enjoy this coffee, and are excited about potentially bringing it on again next year!
We roast and ship Monday through Thursday. Orders placed by midnight will be roasted and shipped the next roast day. Orders placed Thursdays or later will be rolled to the next Monday.