Coffee Review - Papua New Guinea Koban by Beansmith Coffee
  • Beansmith Coffee

    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Papua New Guinea Koban AA

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: April 2013
Origin: Jiwaka Province, western highlands of Papua New Guinea. Price: $14.95/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Rich, deep, pungently complex. Blackberry, cherry, fresh-cut fir, a hint of cinnamon bark in aroma and cup. Gently tart, juicy acidity; round, buttery mouthfeel. Floral notes emerge in a very sweet, long finish.

Notes: The high mountain valleys of central Papua New Guinea offer some of the world's most favorable terroirs for production of fine coffee, although the rugged terrain presents daunting transportation and infrastructure challenges. This is a particularly fine Papua New Guinea from the tribal-owned Koban Plantation in the heart of the highlands. AA is the highest grade of Papua New Guinea coffee based on bean size and freedom from physical imperfections. Beansmith Coffee is a small-batch roasting company serving the Omaha region that believes that coffee drinkers should know as much as they can about the coffee they drink, and that there is a story behind every cup, one worth exploring. Visit or call 866-663-5295 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Finely balanced, classically complete cup should satisfy almost any coffee drinker.


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