Papua New Guinea
This exciting new coffee grows wild in the mountains of Papua New Guinea's Morombe province, at altitudes ranging from 3,000 to 6,000 feet. Because they are wild-grown, they have never been treated with pesticides or fumigated. They are the highest grade of coffee PNG produces.
The taste is stunning. Exceptionally low-acid, richly aromatic, and full-bodied, with notes of chocolate and fruit. These beans are descendants of the same stock as Blue Mountain and share its smoothness and drinkability. As soon as we tasted this coffee, we knew we had to have it. But it gets better--this coffee is saving lives.
The only way to get this coffee out of the heart of the jungle is via bush pilots, who must use grass-strip airfields now that tsunamis have knocked out roads in the area. Because of this inaccessibility, the locals cannot easily trade for medical or other supplies, nor can they sell their coffee on the commodities market. With no buyers, the precious coffee was rotting on the tree!
Bush pilots are changing these peoples' lives by bringing in badly needed supplies, medicine, money, food, and education, including training new pilots--a vitally important and highly paid career that can improve the quality of life in a pilot's entire village.
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The Araku Valley of India
India's coffee tradition goes back 400 years or more, when a variety called Kent was first established in the Southern Hills. Arabicas predominated until the blight of 1870, when growers needed to hybridize to resistant varieties. The resultant strains had genes from Liberica and other unique, resistant species. Learn more and browse India's Araku Valley coffees here.