Papua, New Guinea Coffees

Posted on May 28, 2012

Papua, New Guinea Coffees

Though Papua, New Guinea is a large portion of Indonesia, it is not necessarily known for its unique coffee cultivation – many of the beans cultivated here are also available from other sources. The Arabica varieties grown in Papua have many of the hallmarks of traditional Indonesian blends (low to medium acidity, a body that is not too assertive, but a richness and earthiness that many people enjoy). Most New Guinea coffees are wet processed.

Arusha: Actually truly known as “Papua New Guinea Arusha,” as there are other Arusha coffees available in the world, this cultivation on the world’s second largest island. It is not necessarily the most popular Arusha cultivation in the world, but it is worth mentioning here.

  • Bean description: The bean contains the rich and full-bodied flavors characteristic of Arabica coffee, with its individual distinctions coming from its roots in the either French Mission or Typica varieties.

Arona: Another coffee from Papua New Guinea, Arona’s smoothness makes it one of the more easy-to-drink coffees in the region. It does have the low/medium acidity of most Indonesian coffees, it might not be as earthy or aromatic as Sumatra or Sulawesi coffee but it is certainly an enjoyable drink.

  • Bean description: Low to medium acidity, a toned-down body, but smooth and even an enjoyable fruitiness mark the Arona from Papua New Guinea.

Sigri: Considered by many to be the trademark coffee of Papua New Guinea, the Sigri coffee available from this island is extremely well-balanced in acid and body and is capable of producing flavors that rival the fruitiness of beans from across the world – or at least, around Indonesia (such as Sulawesi coffee). It’s considered to be both a classic type of coffee and considering its exotic location, a favorite amongst those who want to try new coffees from around the world.

  • Bean description: Fruity and mild in flavor and aroma, the Sigri is a very enjoyable cup of coffee that doesn’t have the assertiveness of other coffees in the region. For many people, this makes for a great morning cup without the earthiness of some of the other beans from the region.