PNG's Newest Province Jiwaka is the newest province in Papua New Guinea, and is located between the Western Highlands and Chimbu. Coffee from this region is grown in both sandy loam and fertile, clay-based soils and is known for its sweet acidity, tropical fruit flavors and rich aroma. The locals are excited about the opportunities that coffee offers, and farmers and processors are eager to make a name for the region with their beans. Download Fact Sheet
Lying just south of the equator, Papua New Guinea is part of a great arc of mountains stretching from Asia, through Indonesia and into the South Pacific. The central part of the island rises into a wide ridge of mountains known as the Highlands, a territory so densely forested and topographically forbidding that the island's local peoples remained isolated from each other for millennia.
The Eastern Waghi Valley Marenban Estate is 80 hectares situated on the Eastern portion of the Waghi Valley floor. The low-lying section of the plantation is moist, and the gray-brown sandy volcanic loam requires extensive drainage. Specialty coffee is well suited to this highland tropical climate and thrives in the shaded fields of the estate.
New Life for an Old Estate Marenban Estate was once one of the elite plantations of the Waghi valley, but after the company running the plantation closed, it was not maintained for nearly 20 years. Recently a local wet factory owner secured the title of the plantation and mobilized his community to share in the rehabilitation of the entire plantation. Together they have cleaned, removed overgrowth, created drainage, and replanted trees. With the cooperative help of many families, each working on a designated area, they are creating some of the finest specialty coffees in the world once again.
Double Washed Coffees Freshly harvested cherries are delivered to the estate's wet mill where they are pulped the same day. The wet parchment is stored in fermenting vats for 30 to 40 hours, and washed twice before being transported to the fields for sun drying. The dried parchment is then sent to the Lahamenegu Factory in Goroka where it is hulled, hand-sorted and graded.

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How It All Began
Anjip Murray started buying cherry coffee from Marenban Estate in 1990. He started small, selling a landcruiser load of dry parchment every week or two. He developed a good name as a reliable supplier of good quality dry parchment. His buying outgrew his small wet factory, and when Marenban plantation was abandoned he moved in and set up a new wet factory and built up his supply.

In 2015 he obtained the legal title to the plantation and with limited help from the new Jiwaka Provincial government he immediately started to rehabilitate the run down plantation. He started cleaning the overgrown blocks and cleared all the drains then pruned and cleared the shade and started the first round of pruning and desuckering and replanting. This has been an enormous amount of work which still continues today. He understands that supplying good quality coffee is key and he looks forward to reaping the rewards of his labour in 2018 and thereafter.
A Community Effort
Marenban Estate had been abandoned for many years. During this time the ownership of the estate was brought into question and many villagers "claimed" portions of the estate. The new owner Anjip Murray has designated areas of the estate to various community groups. These groups maintain, harvest, and sell the coffee to the wet mill. This system has worked well and provides employment and income for several local villages.
Marenban Estate Translation: Traditional name for the area Coffee HARVESTING MAY-AUG 2016 An aromatic coffee with strong sweet notes, cocoa, and cherry juice. A bold bean above screen 16.
  • Flavor Tropical fruits, sweet acidity
  • Body Full bodied
  • Acidity Medium to strong
  • 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 Jiwaka community
  • Variety: Typica and Bourbon
  • Processing: Fully washed
  • Altitude: 1,500 meters ASL
  • Harvest: May to August
  • Packing: 65lb box  What’s this?
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