Sea Change is a tribute to the highest-quality coffee harvests we've ever seen from the beautiful island of Papua New Guinea. The huge quality improvement can be credited to the work of the Colbran family, which put into place dozens of new standards—in particular, drying practices similar to those in East Africa. These practices are crucial to preserving freshness and flavor as the coffee makes its long journey across the ocean to us. No doubt, these new standards are responsible for the pristine flavors of molasses, nectarine, and spice.
This coffee is the result of the hard work of about two dozen small- and medium-sized family farms growing mainly Bourbon- and Typica-variety coffee in the small village of Bonta at approximately 1,700 meters. Small lots from these farms are processed and kept separate for us by the Colbran family—our long time partners in Papua New Guinea—to create a coffee that is savory, softly citric, and delicately tea-like.
For years, we have been trying to feature a single farmer’s coffee from around the village of Bonta in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Finally, this year it happened! This lot represents a selection of two days of picking from Boka, who is one of the most dedicated farmers in the area. This one-of-a-kind coffee has a syrupy sweetness that is accentuated by a balanced pear-like acidity with notes of vanilla, stone fruit, and a delicate savoriness.