Papua New Guinea Baroida Estate Natural
Varietal: Bourbon, Typica, Arusha, Mundo Novo
Altitude: 1700 – 1850 masl
Tasting Notes: Passionfruit, grape juice, dark chocolate
HK$125 – HK$450
Baroida Estate is named after a spirit that lives in a steadfast river rock on the estate. The rock has remained there for as long as anyone can remember, and no flood has managed to shift it. The estate was founded in the 1960s by Ben Colbran, a New Zealander, and is now managed by his son Nicol. In the beginning, they grew fruits and vegetables to sell in the port city’s markets so they could buy other necessities not available in the rural areas. It’s been a long journey for the family, not without many challenges along the way, but it’s all been worth it.
The plantation sits at the apex of the Lamari river valley and Mount Jabarra range, about 1,691 meters above sea level amongst thousands of hectares of cleared land with former colonial coffee estates surrounding them (now run by native landowners) and flanked by mountains filled with small holder coffee producers who cultivate close to a million trees.
Meticulous separation for quality control helps maintain the high quality of the estate’s coffee. After careful sorting, cherry is laid on raised beds to sundry. The juiciness of this coffee is particularly forward, making it a pleasant drink that is not overly heavy on the palette.