Surf City Coffee
Fair-Trade Organic New Guinea
|Okapa Valley, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea
Softly low-toned fruit - bananas, semi-sweet chocolate - with a twist of cedar in the aroma. In the cup sweetly earthy with a fruit that displays a hint of ferment. Together this package reads as an earthy orange or raisin with a lean toward semi-sweet chocolate. Quietly rich, slightly rough finish with a pleasingly persistent earthy chocolate character.
Certified organically grown and Fair Trade, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a "fair" or economically sustainable price. Surf City Coffee is a small-batch, primarily wholesale roaster located in the lively community around the University of California at Santa Cruz. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Those who enjoy rough but refined beverages - by analogy the best grappas and the more moderate Islay whiskies, for example.
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This review originally appeared in the March, 2006 tasting report: Undervalued Beauty: The Coffees of Papua New Guinea