Our very first coffee from Papua New Guinea since our inception. The Solwara was great on the cupping table and we knew it would be perfect to be made on our espresso machine. Solwara is the pidgin word for ‘salt water’, and the name was chosen to reflect the ambitions of the mill owners to source and process coffees from producers across PNG, from coast to coast.
Solwara also has a wet mill that receives ripe red cherry from nearby plantations, which is then pulped, fermented, washed and sun-dried on ‘sails’. The drying is then finished off in large Asaro driers that use hot air provided by furnaces that burn waste coffee parchment from the hulling process. These lots are typically presented to buyers as the higher quality Plantation-AX grade. Grading in PNG is primarily defined by the coffee’s cup qualities, but it also refers to a maximum permitted defect count. It does not necessarily refer to bean shape or size, though individual lots should be fairly uniformly sized to earn an A grade.
With milk, this coffee tastes like Vanilla Ice Cream, Cheesecake and Lemon Lime. Enjoyed black, you can taste Ripe Orange, Local Honey and Red Cherries. It is best brewed using an AeroPress or the Espresso Machine.