Papua New Guinea Peaberry Madan Estate
|Roaster Location:||Portland, Oregon|
|Coffee Origin:||Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea|
|Review Date:||April 2009|
Blind Assessment: Quiet, balanced profile that holds up with particular grace as the cup cools. Co-cupper Jennifer Stone (90) remarks on the clean simplicity of the profile with perhaps a coffee romantic's regret at a lack of aromatic intrigue; nevertheless, both Ken (91) and Jennifer found subtleties in the aromatics and flavor, with Ken reading sweet, subdued citrus and cocoa, Jennifer spicy stone fruit, and both remarking on the distinct floral notes. Softly assertive acidity, medium body, sweet finish.
Notes: This sample consists entirely of peaberry, 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. Portland Roasting emphasizes sustainable environmental and social practices throughout its business, including its "Farm Friendly Direct" sourcing program involving partnership projects with coffee producers in several origin countries. Madan Estate is apparently one of a few surviving international style farms in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Through their Papua New Guinea Project, Portland Roasters subsidize the building of a schoolhouse for the children in the Kinjibi tribal community; their next project will be replicating the program at Madan Estate. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those who want to split the sensory difference between Central America and Papua New Guinea.
This review originally appeared in the April, 2009 tasting report: Papua New Guinea: Promise Only Partly Fulfilled