Ready for a treat? Special Reserve - Papua New Guinea Wahgi Valley is fresh from the roaster and ready to delight your taste buds with its floral top notes, dark berry tones, and ripe cherry sweetness. And its fantastic story, of course.
All of our Special Reserve coffees are handcrafted on small family farms and remote estates. This Special Reserve comes from the Papua New Guinea, a large island just north of Australia. The wide, high-altitude Wahgi Valley has volcanic soil similar to the better-known coffee-growing regions of Colombia and East Africa.
Lindsey Bolger, our Senior Director of Coffee, had her taste of Papua New Guinea coffee twenty years ago, when a small specialty coffee importer presented her with a sample. "I was immediately impressed by its marriage of East African-like floral and ripe fruit attributes and the deep, jammy sweetness found in the finest Colombian coffees," she remembers. "Who could imagine a single origin could display this variety of flavor and complexity?"
But this remarkable coffee is notoriously challenging to procure. Getting it to market was complicated by the remoteness of the island, unestablished freight routes, and the occasional flare-up of intertribal disputes. It developed a reputation for being brilliant but difficult to obtain, so we’re thrilled to be able to bring it to you.
Our Special Reserve selections pair the farmers’ best work with the art and craft of our Master Roasters – all so you can experience the unique qualities of these origins in your morning cup.