Improving quality and creativity is the next step for Papua New Guinea coffee


How many of us truly know who grows the coffee we consume? Did you know that many coffee farmers also don’t know who consumes the coffee they grow? The journey of a single coffee bean is turbulent, covering thousands of kilometres, going through many processes along its voyage. It is exposed to a range of environments, with the potential to alter its flavour and profile, before it finally reaches that morning cup.

Last month Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand (Fairtrade ANZ) accompanied the Managing Director of New Zealand’s Kokako Organic Coffee Roasters and an international coffee quality grader and roaster on a visit to Papua New Guinea (PNG), to conduct a one week workshop focusing on improving coffee quality and best practice for over 30 representatives from nine coffee producer organisations from PNG and the Solomon Islands.  

Coffee culture is relatively new in PNG and the Solomon Islands which means the full potential of many smallholder coffee farmers is still to be unlocked. This process starts with developing an appreciation for what quality coffee means and an understanding of what a final product looks like, to taste and understand one’s own coffee.

“I can’t describe in words what this training has meant. This cupping, this is the first time I have tried our coffee and I really like it. We know the potential it has to travel the world now,” remarks Kum Ninsonga from Fairtrade pre-applicant group Alang Daom.  

The training covered the entire supply chain, from coffee picking, trialling a range of different processing techniques, to roasting and finally cupping the final product.

“We need to awaken the curiosity within PNG’s coffee farmers, so that they can experiment with their coffee and discover the unique characteristics within each of their beans,” says Will Valverde, Fairtrade ANZ’s Senior Producer Support and Relations Officer. 

Coffee Cherry Picking  Cupping          
 Coffee Training PNG
 coffee beans        

Photography by Josh Griggs

his activity has been funded through Fairtrade ANZ’s partnership with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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