The Center of the Coffee Industry Loamy volcanic soils and areas of rich clay are a signatures of the Eastern Highlands, where the average elevation is 1,500 meters ASL. The main town of Goroka is considered the center of the coffee industry, and is home to the major exporters and the Coffee Industry Corporation, the regulators of the industry. The soils of the region help develop specialty coffees with lighter body, and bright floral and chocolate flavors. Download Fact Sheet
Papua New Guinea is one of the most heterogeneous nations in the world. It has hundreds of indigenous ethnic groups still thriving and the five and a half million people who live there speak around seven hundred languages.
Three Terroirs in a Tiny Region The Goroka Valley is just 30 km long and 15 km wide, but is home to three distinct coffee terroirs. The Asaro region has rich, black, volcanic soils. The Ungai region is slightly higher in elevation and has predominantly reddish soils. The Bena region is in a lower part of the valley and has yellow, clay-based soils. The climate in all three sub regions is best described as cool-tropical, perfect for producing a wide variety of tropical fruits and vegetables.
Farms of All Sizes Farms in the Eastern Highlands vary in size from just a few trees to large blocks of up to 20 hectares. The majority of smallholder farms are run by individual families, while the block holders employ workers. Farms are located within 30 km of the central wet mill so cherries can be processed quickly.
Coffee By the Numbers Coffee processing is very well organized in the Eastern Highlands. Each producer has a registered supplier number. Once coffee is harvested, it gets transported to the mill by company or farmer trucks, where it is pulped and left overnight to ferment. The following day it is demucilaged and then sent to the field for sun drying. The dry parchment is milled at the adjacent dry mill, hand-sorted and graded.

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Farmer Support
An extension service provides ongoing training to all registered farmers. A team of seven field officers assists with technical training and financial management.
Graduate Program
We’ve employed two graduates under an Agricultural Graduate Program. These qualified university agricultural graduates will learn about project implementation and management. They will also become Trainers of Trainers (TOTs) for our field officers. These female graduates will also promote the meaningful role of women along the coffee value chain.
Lamana Translation: Traditional name translated as “sweet” Coffee HARVESTING APRIL-AUG 2016 A bright coffee with some floral and herbal notes. A delicate sweetness with raisin, classic PNG savory flavor. A bold bean above screen 16.
  • Flavor Sweet, some wineyness
  • Body Medium
  • Acidity Medium
  • 1 - Fragrance/Aroma
  • 2 - Flavor
  • 3 - Acidity
  • 4 - Balance
  • 5 - Body
  • 6 - Aftertaste
  • 7 - Overall
  • Cupping Score: 84+
  • Quality: A Quality
  • Producer: Carefully selected farms from the Eastern Highlands community
  • Variety: Typica and Bourbon
  • Processing: Fully washed, sun dried, hand-sorted
  • Altitude: 1,500 meters ASL
  • Harvest: April through August
  • Packing: 65lb box  What’s this?
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