It’s the first of the month and that means a brand new roaster’s choice coffee for February. We’re thrilled to offer a very unique coffee from Papua New Guinea Mareban Estate. We’re roasting it to a medium-light roast. It’s got depth and warmth to it that make it an amazing cup of coffee to just enjoy during the cold winter months if you’re in the Chicago area. If you’re in a warmer climate, you can still enjoy it, just know we’re jealous of you.
This coffee comes from a 200-hectare plantation that’s owned by Anjip Mare, of the Wahgi Plantation, as well as block holders and smaller farmers. A portion of the parchment was hulled in Jiwaka Province and transported, approximately 200 miles, to our central mill in Goroka, in the Eastern Highlands; the remaining portion was hulled at the mill. To preserve the coffee’s quality, it remained in the Highlands as long as possible and was transported the 200 miles to the (humid) port city of Lae, just in time to meet the boat.
About the Producer
Anjip Mare (mar-ay) had a truck and would drive around buying coffee cherry from farmers, a common practice in PNG. In 1975, PNG achieved independence from Australia, and a few years later the new government began changing laws, to prevent foreigners from owning land. This left many plantations abandoned, including Marenban Estate — formerly one of the elite plantations in the Wahgi Valley.
“Anjip reached a point where he’d saved enough money and decided to buy his own land, which he did with the consent of all the people in the area who were involved in working sections of the plantation,” says Edwards. “So the plantation is worked by the various people who also feel they have a claim to the land.”
Mare brought the estate back to life, re-placing trees on approximately 120 of its 200 hectares.
“It was overgrown — it was like the bush. And he’s done a lot of work through engaging local groups,” says Edwards. “It’s not to its former glory, but he’s on the way there. He’s done a lot of replanting, and he’s done it with the help of the people.” Who are also proud of the turnaround.
“They get a lot of benefits from it, certainly, because they are able to live on the land and they get paid for what they do,” Edwards explains. “But yes, they’re a part of the success and they feel good about that.”
In The Cup
- Flavor Notes: Honeydew, baking spice, cashew, green tea
- Roast Profile: Medium
- Body: Balanced
- Process: Washed
- Region: Jiwaka Province, Papua New Guinea
- Altitude: 1650 MASL
- Variety: Typica, Bourbon, Arusha
Don’t Miss Out!
Get some PNG Marenban Estate While It’s Available!