Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a relative newcomer to the specialty coffee scene. The remote locations of the nation’s smallholders—who produce 85% of total coffee in the country—combined with historically-poor infrastructure has made the transition to specialty difficult. Nonetheless, the country is working towards innovative solutions that will lead to better quality coffee and improved livelihoods for the nation’s smallholder coffee producers.
The Eastern Highlands province in Papua New Guinea is a wild and rugged place that also happens to support the growth of some of the best coffee in PNG. The coffee farms tend to be at between 1,800m and 2,200m (the two highest mountains in the area are both over 3,500m high) and produce the second highest quantity of coffee for the country (trailing the Western Highlands). Coffee production in PNG is somewhat similar to Ethiopia, in that much of the coffee is grown by smallholders in garden plots. The Kaw Kaw Mountain region comprises a combination of smallholders, blockholders and plantations, all benefiting from the rich volcanic soil of the area. The Kaw Kaw Mountain catchment area is located in the Unggai district of the Eastern Highlands.
Country: Papua New Guinea
Region: Eastern Highlands
Grower/Farm: Kaw Kaw
Altitude: 2,000 m.