The care put into finishing and selecting these coffee is amazing, they are among the cleanest crops we have ever seen. About 8% of the beans are "giant" beans, screening well above 20 gauge.
The difference between this grade (Grade AX) and our other grade (PSC Grade AA) is that the AA has had an additional round of hand-sorting. This grade, Grade AX, hasn't had as many of the small beans removed, so it's less uniform and less visually attractive. Both contain the same coffee varieties from the same place, though, the only difference is the extra sorting.
Actual airstrip used by Highlands Summit
This exciting new coffee grows wild in the mountains of Papua New Guinea's Morombe province, at altitudes ranging from 3,000 to 6,000 feet. Because they are wild-grown, they have never been treated with pesticides or fumigated. They are the highest grade of coffee PNG produces.
The taste is stunning. Exceptionally low-acid, richly aromatic, and full-bodied, with notes of chocolate and fruit. These beans are descendents of the same stock as Blue Mountain and share its smoothness and drinkability. As soon as we tasted this coffee, we knew we had to have it. But it gets better--this coffee is saving lives.
The only way to get this coffee out of the heart of the jungle is via bush pilots, who must use grass-strip airfields now that tsunamis have knocked out roads in the area. Because of this inaccessibility, the locals cannot easily trade for medical or other supplies, nor can they sell their coffee on the commodities market. With no buyers, the precious coffee was rotting on the tree!
Highlands Summit Coffee and their bush pilots are changing these peoples' lives by bringing in badly needed supplies, medicine, money, food, and education, including training new pilots--a vitally important and highly paid career that can improve the quality of life in a pilot's entire village. Highlands Summit also pays a premium price for the coffee, too. But because we buy directly from them, we can offer this truly exceptional coffee for a very reasonable price.
High Quality Beans, Delicious Complexity
These are very high quality beans. I've never actually seen beans in such amazing shape- they're huge and virtually all the same size. They give you a nice even roast. The profile is quite intense on the cacao side, with a chocolatey sweetness and not very much fruit or 'brightness.' I over roasted it the first few times and didn't like it very much, but then I did a perfect light roast and really tasted the complexity of this wonderful bean.
I'm sure that blended with an African or a brighter Guatemalan would be quite delicious indeed. Overall very impressed with this supplier, they definitely care about the quality of their product.
Posted by Hirum Horkweller on Dec 13th 2016
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