A pound each of:
Papua New Guinea – Sigri Estate Kula Peaberry
Peaberries are unique. In a coffee cherry sometimes there is only 1 seed instead of 2. This causes it to grow rounded and usually a bit denser. On some coffee trees this will only occur in 1 in 20, sometimes as rare as 1 in 60 coffee cherries. Some farms sort out the peaberries for special offerings other operations they might leave them in with the traditional flat beans. Sigri Peaberries are known for a little more robust taste then the traditional flat beans.
Papua New Guinea Sigri Estate A/X Highlands
This A/X is not from their estate but I think has the coolest story behind it. The highlands besides a couple estates are still filled with indigenous coffee growers – wild strains, small villages, the wild side of PNG. A very surprisingly nice cup that is pretty different from the Estate coffees, one can see the wilder plants and strains really shine.
Papua New Guinea – Sigri Estate Kula AA
The flagship offering from Sigri Estate. The AA is strictly large beans with meticulous screening, only allowing in the best of the best with an incredibly low defect count (we would say 0… but anything is possible).
This season we went with what they call Kula processing. Kula processing means only washed processed beans; dried on raised drying beds and double screened via color sorter and double hand picked. We team up with our buddy Vikram to insure the best beans. Basically, it means the best of the best from Carpenter Estates.
These Carpenter Estate coffees are gems – nothing like your traditional PNG coffees. Almost a 0 defect screen with immaculate processing. You can just look at the beans and see the care and time that went into them.
All coffee bearing the Carpenter Estate name is grown at over 5000 feet elevation. All of their Estates considers soil and water conservation as a priority, and, the plantation is bird and eco-friendly. The plantation employs a medium density shade strategy, using two types of shade trees. This promotes even ripening of coffee cherries and provides habitat for at least 90 species of birds.
These are washed processed Arabica coffee. Quality Control begins in the field; Cherry coffee is hand-picked and carefully checked for uniformity; it must be red and fully ripe which allows for the correct balance of sugar and acid within the cherry. This selected cherry is then pulped on the day of picking.
A fermentation process follows, for a period of three days broken every 24 hours by washing – but unlike most other brands, the Carpenter process follows this by total immersion in water for a further day, which creates a superior coffee. Careful conditioning of 21 days is followed by hulling, grading, color sorting and finally hand sorting. This combined with rigorous quality control before packing produces the finest green bean for which Carpenter is renowned.
All grades are then continuously sample-roasted and liquored by experts. This provides a final check on the quality of the green bean product, and is a practice unique in Papua New Guinea.