How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Papua New Guinea Coffee

landscape shot of the Papua New Guinea highlands region

As we said in a previous post, Papua New Guinea (PNG) is the “wild west of coffee production.” Most of the coffee grown in PNG is on small farms in the highland regions, and farmers usually grow other crops to sustain themselves. How each crop is harvested and processed is different depending on the farmer and their available resources for the season.

What this means is coffee from PNG has the potential to be inconsistent. Annoying, right? How can you tell if what you’re receiving is going to be a quality brew?

That is where we come in. First, any coffee that you purchase through Burman Coffee Traders, not just coffee from PNG, is going to be the best quality there is. You will never find a poor-quality brew in our shop.

Second, even if you broke our hearts and purchased your PNG coffee beans from somewhere else, we will still give you pointers on how to get the best cup of joe you can ask for. This is because we believe in giving you a good cup of coffee above all else. You can thank us after that first sip.

Aim for a Medium Roast

Overall, coffee from PNG leans bright. It tends to have fruity and acidic flavors with a complex aroma. A medium roast will bring out the best of that profile, giving you a refreshing brew in your morning (or afternoon) mug.

Fans of a darker roast might try roasting to a medium-dark. Doing so will draw out the beans’ natural oils, which will contribute to a rich and full cup.

Brewing Tips for that Perfect Cup o’ Joe

For best results, make a PNG with a French press. The French press will bring out the oils in the beans, no matter the roast, and provide a full-bodied experience in every sip. This makes a delightfully complex brew, as the rich body combines with the clean and fruity aromas for a clean cup any coffee lover will enjoy.

A steel-filter drip coffee maker will also draw out the natural oils and make the flavors shine.

Using PNG coffee beans for espresso will also bring out the fruity and bright notes. That adds a little bit extra to your latte, cappuccino or Americano—whichever is your go-to drink at a coffee house.

Where to Purchase Quality Coffee

You will always find good-quality coffee from Burman Coffee Traders. Our selection is curated by our expert team of coffee lovers. What are you waiting for? Check out our green coffee beans from Papua New Guinea!

3 Reasons We Love Colombian Coffee (and You Should Too)

landscape of rolling mountains in Colombia. The hills are verdant and lush

Did you know that one of the world-leading coffee producing nations is made entirely of small and independent farmers? That nation is Colombia. Located in the northwest part of South America, Colombia’s coffee economy is a fascinating study. Here are three awesome reasons we love Colombian coffee and why you should too.

1). Colombia is the #1 producer of Arabica coffee beans

Gourmet coffees are typically made from the arabica coffee bean, which allows for a wide variety of flavors depending on soil, climate, cultivation and other factors. It’s the most popular coffee in the world—about 60% of the cups of coffee in the world are made from arabica beans.

The variety of elevations in the Colombian coffee growing region means that each farmer produces their own distinct flavor. This makes Colombian coffee perfect for coffee lovers with discerning tastes. Once you find a flavor that you love, you’ll keep coming back to support that small farmer! (Luckily, we offer a wide variety of those flavors in our shop. Click here to browse.)

2). Two NGOs Support Colombian Coffee Farmers

How is a nation made up of small and independent coffee farmers able to become a world leader in coffee growing? For two very good reasons: Colombia has two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that support their coffee farmers.

Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros (FNC) (National Federation of Coffee Growers in English) assists small farmers with logistical and commercial workflows that are difficult to implement independently. A lot of coffee in Colombia is harvested by hand and transported by mule, and the infrastructure at FNC keeps those sacred traditions while providing a foothold in the modern global market.

Cenicafe is a research organization that helps small farmers with grain quality, production, processing, harvesting, conservation efforts and much more. Just like with logistics, it’s great for small farmers to have a large resource working to always improve the quality of their coffee crop.

With these two organizations at their side, small coffee farmers in Colombia can keep their status as a global leader in coffee.

3). Colombia is the third-leading coffee growing nation in the world

For an economy made up almost entirely by small and independent farmers, this is a huge feat! Lots of thanks goes to the efforts of the farmers, the aforementioned organizations that support them, and you, the customer, for enjoying the coffee these farmers grow.

Want to support a Colombian coffee farmer? We are offering a 15% off sale on all Colombian coffee beans until February 18. Click here to shop now!

Home Coffee Roasting – it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3

close up Senior man pair of hand holding handful of raw coffee bean from bucket

Are you considering taking up roasting as a hobby or know someone who is? Roasting your own green coffee beans ensures that you’re getting a fresh cup of coffee just the way you like it. And it’s easier than you might think! It all starts with just three things – beans, heat and something to roast on/in.

  1. Beans – Green coffee beans come from all over the world and we are pleased to offer a wide variety. At Burman Coffee Traders we work hard to offer the best quality coffee beans and we hand pick all our providers. Don’t be afraid to stock up on unroasted coffee beans at home. Not only will you get a competitive price, but green coffee will also stay fresh for up to a year. Shop our coffee bean selection.
  2. Heat – You can’t roast coffee without heat. And lots of it. The ideal internal temperature for roasted beans is 390-460°F. Most home coffee roasters will choose a heat source that goes above 450°F. The exact temperature and timing depends on how much coffee you’re roasting and what roasting method you’ve selected.
  3. Roaster – Roasting green coffee beans at home can be done using a variety of tools. From a pan to a popcorn popper, the key to home roasting is monitoring temperature and stirring. You can also invest in an all-in-one home coffee roaster to simplify the process.

If you’re looking to invest in a roaster, there are two main varieties – fluid bed and drum roaster. A fluid bed roaster works much like a popcorn popper in that you can watch the coffee as it’s roasting through a glass chamber. The FreshRoast SR540 is our pick for an entry level fluid roaster.

A drum roaster has a rotating drum that tumbles the beans as they’re roasting. A drum roaster allows for more beans to be roasted at one time and produces a more evenly roasted final product. The Gene Café and the Behmor 2000 AB are our top picks for drum roasters.

Additional Resources

There are endless resources available to help you get started with home coffee roasting. Our Learning Center includes more information on where our unroasted coffee beans come from, roast styles, processing methods, and more.

Plan Ahead This Holiday Season

As you can imagine, the volatility of coffee market pricing, bean availability, weather issues like the severe frost in Brazil, global and national shipping issues, and continued pandemic constraints impacting the availability of roasters and parts, has kept us very busy here at Burman Coffee.

Over the summer, Brazil, one of the world’s largest coffee producers, experienced its worst cold snap since 1994 pushing prices for green coffee beans to the highest levels in years. Experts estimate a half a million acres of coffee beans were affected by frost and the full extent of the damage is not yet known. It is expected it will take several years for production in Brazil to fully recover.

In addition to weather issues, businesses in the United States are facing shipping delays across all industries. California ports handle roughly 40% of the nation’s imports and are currently experiencing a significant backlog of cargo ships waiting to enter the country. Once the ships do arrive, there is a shortage of drivers and trucks available to transport the goods to the consumer.

These shortages are causing some experts to be concerned about meeting the supply demands for the upcoming holiday season.

How does this all affect Burman Coffee? As always, we are keeping a close eye on all the latest in coffee industry news. We are working hard to continue to find great buys and superior tasting coffee. We’ve already stocked up for the upcoming holiday season, and we encourage you to avoid potential delays and buy early this year.

Don’t worry, your favorite beans will keep for many months at home so we encourage you to plan ahead and stock up now.