An old friend is back in the store, New Guinea Peaberry. The intensity of flavors in each peaberry adds a depth to the subtle brighter notes in the cup. This is truly a unique and satisfying coffee, one of Alfred Peet’s favorites and reminiscent of classic Blue Mountain style. Coffee trees imported from Jamaica’s Blue Mountain region in 1937 seeded the coffee industry in Papua New Guinea. Peaberries are special; the coffee cherry has one bean instead of the normal two beans per cherry. The result is a concentration of flavor in each oval shaped peaberry.
Indo-Pacific island climate and rich mountainous volcanic soil provide near perfect conditions for farmers of the Opais tribe, who own and operate the Kimel estate. The plantation provides education for the children as well as clean water and medical facilities. The coffee trees are shade grown under canopies of Albizias and Gravilleas, and the soil’s nutrients are boosted each year with recycled fruit pulp and water from the harvest.