Papua New Guinea Kinjibi Medium Roast
|Roaster Location:||Orange, Virginia|
|Coffee Origin:||Central Papua New Guinea|
|Review Date:||January 2006|
Blind Assessment: Richly mid-toned aroma with sweet earth notes complicated by hints of caramel, chocolate and Mediterranean herbs. In the cup a lush sweetness envelopes intensified chocolate and caramel notes and continuing sweet earth and pungent herb tones, with a hint of grapefruity citrus. This complexity fades rather quickly in an otherwise pleasant finish. Nominating reader Al Welker cites this coffee as "very special giving a mellow low acid cup when roasted medium."
Notes: This small-holder coffee from Papua New Guinea displays the combination of sweetness, earth and grapefruit-like citrus that is typical of this often fine but frequently overlooked coffee type. However, I recommend avoiding the Orange Roasters' "Dark" presentation of this coffee; my sample of the darker preparation was astringent and brassy. Orange Roasters is a small-batch roaster located in a one-time livery stable built in 1895 in the historic town of Orange, Virginia. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Sumatra drinkers interested in trying a sweeter, fruitier version of their favored earthy cup.
This review originally appeared in the January, 2006 tasting report: Romance and Perfection: 2006 Readers' Choices