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Silver Oak Coffee - Single Origin: Atauwauka, Papua New Guinea

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Tropical fruits first off, Guava, then a pleasant savoury note reminiscent of umami. A rich heavy mouthfeel and long lingering aftertaste. Medium sweetness.

Coffee was introduced to Papua New Guinea in the late 19th century and is directly linked to their colonial past. Coffee production did not take off until after the second world war and has now grown to be the single most important commodity to the country. It is believed 50% of the working population are in some way involved with coffee production.

It is in recent years that investment in training, education and infrastructure has opened up the world of speciality coffee to Papua New Guinea producers as quality has been ramped up. The climate, terrain and soil composition all lend themselves to high quality coffee production.

Atauwauka coffee company buy parchment coffee (wet processed and sundried but sill with a skin on the bean) from parchment collectors who in turn gather coffee from the local smallholders in the Unggai region. Few farms are larger than 10 hectares but almost all producers undertake the initial wet processing and sun drying with their own equipment. Once the parchment is collected by Atauwauka it is once again sorted and sun dried to ensure uniformity and hence improve quality. Once at the desired 11% moisture the parchment layer is removed and the green beans are stored in sacks.

The green beans are exported through Monpi Coffee Exports who also undertake grading and sorting as a final quality check prior to export.

Altitude: 1600-2000m
Farm/Coop: Various smallholders
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Espresso, Milky, With milk
Origin: Asia-Pacific/Papua New Guinea - Unggai, Eastern Highlands Province
Process Method: Washed - sundried
Roast Profile: Light-medium
Varietals: Typica, Arusha, Bourbon, Mundonovo

Roasterr: Silver Oak Coffee

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Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.