Papua Specialty

Profile of Papua Coffee

 Region:   Central Highlands of Western New Guinea
 Single Origins:   Regencies: Jayawijaya, Tolikara, Puncak Jaya, Lani Jaya, Mamberamo Tengah, Yahukimo, Pegunungan Bintang, Yalimo, Puncak Papua, Pegunungan Arfak, Dogiyai
SCAI exporter and contact:   KSU Baliem Arabica (,
 Production area:   Mainly Baliem Valley, with extensions to Jayawijaya, Tolikara, Puncak Jaya, Lani Jaya, Mamberamo Tengah, Yahukimo, Pegunungan Bintang, Yalimo, Puncak Papua, Pegunungan Arfak, Dogiyai
 Species:   Arabica: Linie S – species from India type S-288 and S-795. Also there is Typica coffee that is being developed by KSU Baliem Arabica lately and will continuously developed as the second to the well-known Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee
Soil: Volcanic
Elevation: 1,200 – 1,800 meter dari atas permukaan laut
 Name and cup profile:   Heavy body with low acidity.

Chocolate with tobacco notes.

 Process:   Wet dan Dry; Washed and Semi-washed
Moisture 12 %
Defect …%
Certification:   Orgnic Certifications from Control Union (2008 – now) , Rainforest Alliance (2008 – now) and CERES (2008 – 2012)
 Aroma:    Honey like chocolaty caramel fruity
 Body:    Moderate medium acid clean
 Characteristic:   Thick, low acidity, chocolate test with tobacco touch
 Aftertaste:    Smokey choc caramley balanced
 Crop cycle:    Mei to September

Production Details

  • Exporter and contact: KSU Baliem Arabica (Selion Karoba, Chair of the Cooperative)
  • Production area: Located in Wamena, the largest town in the Papua Baliem Valley
  • Name and cup profile: Heavy body with low acidity.  Chocolate with tobacco notes.
  • Certifications: Organic and Rainforest Alliance
  • Soil: Volcanic
  • Altitude: 1,200 – 1,800 meters
  • Varietals: Arabica and Typica
  • Harvest: April – September or else  May to September
  • Process: Washed and Semi-washed


Arabica Producing in Papua

New Guinea is the second largest island in the world. The Indonesian half of the island was formerly called “Irian Jaya”. Today, it is known as Papua, and it is divided into two provinces – Papua and West Papua. The eastern half of New Guinea is the independent country of Papua New Guinea.

There are two main coffee growing areas in Papua The first is the Baliem Valley, in the central highlands of the Jayawijaya region, surrounding the town of Wamena.  The second is the Kamu Valley in the Nabire Region, at the eastern edge of the central highlands, surrounding the town of Moanemani. Both areas lie at altitudes between 1,400 and 2000 meters, creating ideal conditions for Arabica production.

Together, these areas currently produce about 230 tons of coffee per year. This is set to rise, as new companies are setting up buying and processing operations. These companies are assisting farmers to obtain organic and fair trade certification, which will significantly improve incomes. The area is extremely remote, with most coffee growing areas inaccessible by road and nearly untouched by the modern world.

All coffee is shade grown, in a stunning natural environment that is home to the Bird of Paradise and uncounted other species. The main tree species found in coffee production areas are Kaliandara, Erytrhina and Abizia. The tropical forests of Papua are among the most bio-diverse habitats on earth.

Farmer in Papua using a semi washed process. After pulping, the coffee is fermented for 8 to 10 hours. Then the mucilage is washed away and the beans are then dried to 12% moisture or wet hulled and dried as green Bean. Since modern technology slowly emerges, most of this Coffee is processed entirely by hand.

Chemical fertilizer pesticide and herbicide are unknown in this origin, which makes this coffee both rare and valuable.  For more information, visit


SCAI exporter and contact

Production area

Name and cup profile


Crop cycle

Baliem Arabica cooperative

Baliem Valley

 Heavy body with low acidity.  Chocolate with tobacco notes.


May to September



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