Counter Culture Coffee
Papua New Guinea, Kuta Waghi Valley
|Roaster Location:||Durham, North Carolina|
|Coffee Origin:||Waghi Valley, Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea|
|Review Date:||April 2009|
Blind Assessment: Ken (93) and co-cupper Jennifer Stone (92) both remarked on the bright, richly floral character of the aroma. In the cup quietly vibrant acidity, smooth mouthfeel, continued gentle richness, with a flavor complex that combines lush night flowers with a sweet pungency pointing at cedar, caramel and deep-toned, carnal fruit: apricot, mango. Long, deep 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. When these coffees, grown by local villagers, are carefully prepared by the traditional wet or washed method, as is the case with this coffee, they can rank among the world's finest. Counter Culture is a small-batch wholesale specialty roaster with an informative and lively website, a commitment to fine coffee and youthful, enthusiastic leadership. Visit
Who Should Drink It: A particularly refined and explicit expression of the pungent, tropical fruit and floral tendencies of small-holder Papua New Guineas. A breakfast cup that took a detour through the mango groves out to the beach.
This review originally appeared in the April, 2009 tasting report: Papua New Guinea: Promise Only Partly Fulfilled