Around the village of Bonta in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, there are many experienced farming families that produce what we consider to be the best coffees in the country. One farmer in particular epitomizes this area’s dedication to quality, and that farmer is Boka. This one-of-a-kind coffee has a syrupy sweetness accentuated by a balanced, pear-like brightness. We taste notes of vanilla, stone fruit, and a delicate savoriness.
To start, Boka is a one-name kinda person. This seems quite fitting for a grower who is known in this area of the Eastern Highlands for growing some of the very best coffees. Boka grew up here and was childhood friends with Nichol Colbran of the Baroida Estate. In the 1980s, Boka planted coffee under a government project that promoted growing coffee in the area. Under this project, Boka was able to plant coffee on about 25 hectares of land, and today Boka and his son Jack Boka manage much of the operation. This particular selection of coffee from Boka was made possible by the Colbran family who have set up their washing station to keep unique coffees separate, and who pay high premiums for the best lots.
New this year:
Last year we were able to buy a small number of bags during the only two days that Boka sold coffee to the Colbran family. This year we bought 5 times as much coffee from Boka, and will hopefully be able to offer this lot for a greater period, making it a staple of our lineup from Papua New Guinea.