New Guinea Peaberry Goroka Waghi
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: March 2011
Origin: Waghi Valley, Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea. Price: $11.95/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Crisply balanced, fresh and meadowy. Honey, flowers, fresh-cut fir, molasses leaning toward chocolate in aroma and cup. Rich acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Deep, molassesy finish with a continued hint of flowers.

Notes: This sample consists entirely of peaberries, a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops only a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different (often better) cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. The high mountain valleys of central Papua New Guinea offer some of the world's most favorable terroirs for production of fine coffee. When these coffees, grown by local villagers, are carefully prepared by the traditional wet or washed method, as is the case with this coffee, they can compete with the world's finest. Johnson Brothers Coffee Roasters is a distinguished small-batch roasting company. Visit or call 608-256-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Refreshing, edge-of-the-woods aromatics, clean but complex.


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