Papua New Guinea is one of the least developed countries on the planet, home to tribes who have had limited contact with the ‘outside’ world, if at all. This has given it a reputation for somewhat wild frontier land. Politically, the country seems to perpetually border on melt down between rival groups. Formerly an Australian colony, Papua New Guinea’s economy continues to be heavily influenced by its large antipodean neighbour.
‘Y’ grade : The bulk of coffee exports (abt. 65%) from Papua New Guinea are classified under this export grade, which is produced by village small-holders from the wilderness of the Western & Eastern Highlands heading south into the lower altitudes of Lae and Popondetta. The coffee has traditionally had a full bodied fruity character, making it an excellent base for blending.
Plantation grades (A, X, C, PB) make up for approx. 14% of exports, coming from many locations. The plantations all have their own particular character and are highly sought after by the gourmet trade for the single origin, self drinkers - we supply many different marks. They achieve a good premium over the ‘Y’ grade.
DRW has traditionally enjoyed a close relationship with PNG, being one of the first origins with which the company exported from directly. We import from a locally run exporter, both Y grades and Plantation A. Additionally we import organic A grade coffee from another supplier.More info: Ref: Papua New Guinea @ Wikipedia