Before we found some personal friends in Papua New Guinea, this is the coffee we used to rely on. Awesome folks, even though at that time we had never met them. One of the few Estate produced coffees (a bit smaller than Carpenter) and located just a couple miles down the road.
A couple years back times were rough with Kimel, PNG is a tribal land and not all the tribes get along all the time. To have an estate in PNG means you have to have an open environment between the tribes living/working on or near the estate. Unfortunately Kimel had a rough couple of years due to some tribal conflicts and coffee production and quality wavered pretty good. This is when we started working direct with Carpenter Estates and found some absolute gems of beans. When I got this years Kimel AA sample though some friends, we couldn’t help but to pick it up. Great screen, super clean cup profile. A bit milder and sweeter than Sigri.
To learn more about PNG’s unusual coffee industry, check out our recent blog article “The Wild West of Coffee Production.”
A great medium to dark roast cup. Medium bodied, low acidity and a clean cup. Perfect example of what a premium PNG should taste like. Not super jazzy but great prep and carries the tastes PNG fans are looking for. Smooth chocolate, bigger body and low acidity. Light roasts will show some brighter characteristics, can get some cool floral notes with just a hint of a chocolaty factor but most will want to go medium and beyond; dropping the crisp tones and accentuating the robust darker and thicker tastes. Medium roasts bring out a bigger body and stronger chocolaty tones, muting most of the acidity, a great daily drinker. Dark roasts get smoky and thicker with a little bitter edge to it.
Light to dark a tasty cup but most will want to play medium to dark. Fresh coffee, a couple extra day setup will rid any soury edges. A good one to slow down a bit in the roaster, build a bit more body and richness in the cup. Easy to roast, medium to low chaff and fairly even roasting.