Please Welcome Back our Bonta Microlot
Among the many benefits of the long-term relationship building we embrace with coffee producers is that, in some cases, they are able to help us find more outstanding coffee in the faraway communities in which they live.
In 2005, Chris Colbran came back to work on his family's Baroida Estate in the remote Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Upon his return, he helped to develop a system for purchasing coffee from the small farmers around the farm. The Tairora project that Chris manages is unlike any other coffee we buy. To start, this coffee is brought in from hundreds of producers around the area whom, in many cases, have walked for hours, carrying many kilograms of coffee cherry. In some cases, Chris rents a plane to fly to remote airstrips for a day of transporting coffee cherry back to the airport in Aiyura, that are then taken to Baroida for processing.
Designed to identify and track the coffees that make up each day's production, the system in place for the Colbran family's Tairora project was instrumental in the creation of our Bonta Microlot. This year, while we were tasting some of these single-day lots at the farm, two of the lots really stood out. Again, we were able to work with the Colbran family to isolate the standouts, which both came mostly from the community of Bonta. Heirloom coffee varieties and exceptional processing result in notes of sundried tomato, fig, and shortbread. Enjoy!