PAPUA NEW GUINEA BAROIDA ESTATE
Region: Eastern Highlands
Variety: bourbon, arusha, mundo novo
Tasting Notes: raisin, orange blossom, basil
Baroida Estate is located in the Aiyura area of the Kainantu District, Eastern Highlands Province. The estate was founded by Ben Colbran in the 1960’s and today, Ben’s son Nicol along with Nicol's two sons Chris and Rhett run the plantation. The name ‘Baroida’ comes from the Baroida spirit, believed by locals to reside in a large river rock sitting in one of the main rivers flowing through the estate. This particular rock has stubbornly remained in the middle of the river for as long as anyone can remember, refusing to budge through the most severe floods even when other rocks have been washed away.
For decades the Colbrans served as collectors and agents for large multi-national trade houses supplying high-grade plantation coffee and locally sourced parchment to buyers in Goroka. In 2010, MTC and the Colbran family formed a partnership to bypass large multinational exporters and focus on small-lot unique coffees. The plantation itself covers around 220 hectares and is divided into 29 plots, each plot a single varietal. Although the varietals are eventually blended, each lot is harvested and processed in isolation. QC procedures are meticulous at Baroida. Each harvest batch is pulped, processed, dried, and assessed in separation. All Baroida coffee is washed using disk pulpers, fermentation is done typically for 36 hours. Mucilage is removed through natural agitation. Baroida continues to push the envelope of what is possible in the incredibly challenging context of PNG and it shows in the cup! This lot has many of the hallmarks of really high quality Ethiopian or Burundian coffees - it is super clean, tea like, herbaceous, and sweet. Lemon zest, orange blossom, golden raisin, tarragon, sage, butterscotch ~ a wildly complex cup!