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Park Avenue Coffee

Papua New Guinea PB Kimel Estate

Location: St. Louis, MIssouri

Origin: Waghi Valley, Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $17.49/16 ounces

Review Date: February 2017

Agtron: 56/70

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly tart, delicately spicy. Pomegranate, cocoa nib, brown sugar, clove, grapefruit blossom in aroma and cup. Big, juicy, sweet-tart acidity; crisp, velvety mouthfeel. All aroma and flavor notes carry harmoniously into a resonant, flavor-saturated finish.

Notes:

Founded in 1974 by Australian Bobby Gibbs, Kimel Plantation is now owned and operated by traditional landowners, including over 400 families, many of them indigenous Opais people. 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 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. This coffee tied for the top rating in a cupping of coffees from roasting companies five-years-old or younger for Coffee Review‘s February 2017 tasting report. Park Avenue Coffee operates four cafes and a roasting facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Visit www.parkavenuecoffee.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: A particularly elegant Papua New Guinea peaberry coffee: juicy-sweet and crisply tart, finely balanced from aroma to finish.


This review originally appeared in the February, 2017 tasting report: New Roasting Companies Carry the Third-Wave Torch