This is a Peaberry coffee comprised of harvests from multiple small plantations on the Kuta Ridge in the Waghi valley of Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands. Growing altitude is around 1,585 masl and milling takes place at the Kuta Coffee Mill.
The Kuta Mill is managed by Brian Leahy, the son of the farm’s founder and an early Australian explorer, Dan Leahy, who (with his adventurous brother, Mick) chronicled in photos and on film Europeans’ first interactions with the indigenous highland population in the early 1930s. The farm and mill, built on a “neutral zone” has the distinction of creating a common ground for the Ulga and Kolga tribes, whose relationships have not always been amicable.
The peaberry is generally recognized to be a developmental anomaly that results in the presence of a single seed inside the cherry, rather than two. Our affection for the funny round little seeds might simply be visual appeal – they’re adorable and often pleasantly uniform both before and after roasting. It’s possible, but generally disputed, that peaberries may have more concentrated flavor.
Tasting notes: Very chocolatey with ample body, burnt sugar and honey sweetness, intense flavors of strawberry, lemon, & cherry.