roast profile: FILTER
tasting notes: HONEY - RED APPLE - RAISIN
origin: PAPUA NEW GUINEA
location: EASTERN HIGHLANDS
producer: SMALLHOLDER PRODUCERS
variety: BOURBON, CATURRA, TYPICA,
elevation (MASL): 1400-1615
PAPUA NEW GUINEA AAK Coop
Brian Kuglame is the General Manager of the AAK Cooperative, a group of 64 communities from across the highlands region. That’s 64 different ‘house-lines’, single- family villages each with languages and traditions uniquely their own. What they have in common is a pidgin called Tok Pisin, and membership in the AAK Cooperative. AAK stands for Apo, Angra and Kange – the word for ‘Unity’ in the three major local languages. Coffee brings the world together in more ways than one. AAK is the only cooperative in PNG to unify so many disparate tribes, and they are proud of the role that coffee plays in promoting unity.
Brian started AAK in 2000 and is still going strong. One of the reasons many coops falter is due to poor leadership.
Improvements in infrastructure. More wet mills are being built in locations that are closer to clusters. Reducing the amount of time from farm-to-mill increases the overall quality of the crop, as it spends less time on the farm before being processed
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