Simbai Balus Kopi (Simbai Airplane Coffee) comes from the isolated Simbai area of Papua New Guinea in the Oceania, just over the Bismarck Range bordering the Western Highlands Province and Sepik Province. It is transported from the region by plane via one of four small airfields.
Since all coffee from Simbai is transported via plane, getting Simbai Balus Kopi is not easy. In order to access the supply chain Simbai farmers must bring their coffee to an airstrip; some farmers have a day’s journey from their farm to the airfields. At the airfields, the parchment is weighed, recorded and stored in sheds.
When there is enough coffee for a plane-load the local managers get a charter flight ready. They also organize freight and people for the airstrip for the outbound journey to cover part of the charter cost.
This is a full-bodied coffee with mild acidity. We’re currently using this coffee as the base of our espresso blend in the caffe. It is a medium roast, but is a good choice for those accustomed to darker roast coffee. We taste dominating dark chocolate with some subtle raisin sweetness.
|Origin||Papua New Guinea|
|Producer||Various small holders|
|We taste||Full-bodied, dark chocolate, some raisin sweetness|