Caffe Artigiano-49th Parallel Roasters
Papua New Guinea Bunum Wo Peaberry
|Roaster Location:||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Coffee Origin:||Wahgi Valley, Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea|
|Review Date:||March 2006|
Blind Assessment: Delicate but deep aroma, with chocolate, pipe tobacco and leather notes. In the cup earthy but richly sweet, almost sugary, with cherry fruit notes that acquire a chocolate depth in the profoundly sweet finish.
Notes: Bunum Wo is a town and growing area in the Wahgi Valley in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Although Bunum Wo is a name associated with the famous Sigri Estate in the same area, this excellent coffee tastes to me like a coffee processed by village farmers and sold in parchment to the farm or mill. 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. 49th Parallel is a small-batch roasting company located in the Vancouver, Canada area that specializes in high-end single-origin and blended coffees, including those sold at the associated five-location café chain Caffè Artigiano (Artigiano = artisan). Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those lovers of traditional Sumatras who want a sweeter, fruitier version of their favored earthy cup.
This review originally appeared in the March, 2006 tasting report: Undervalued Beauty: The Coffees of Papua New Guinea