The Story of Young Coffee Entrepreneur: Kerenga

January 24 at 4:12 PM from Facebookcom

I don’t usually take a second glance at street sellers… but this one immediatly stole my attention and he was NOT reselling store bought items.

He was selling small homemade packets of ground coffee for 50t

The coffee was grounded to an almost “instant coffee” texture.

Me being me… I engaged on a long conversation with him. I was so fascinated by his character. He was so open and honest and cheerful and …innocent…and so happy and excited at his own words and explanations as he talked with me……Something you don’t see too often with our youth today.

His name is Kerenga, he lives in the mountains with his old father.

It was his father who taught him to dry the coffee beans, roast and grind using their old hand grinder.

He says he only has done schooling up to grade 6.

I will keep you a posted on our next leg of exciting journey with young Kerenga❤

I’m so glad I met this amazing young coffee entrepreneur.

Yep he is another one of them amazing GEMS❤

Here he is trying to show me some more of his wares…ground coffee, ground turmeric and ground chillie…all for 50t a pack.

Characteristics of New Guinea Coffee

A good New Guinea coffee, such as Arona or Sigri, has a modest, low-toned richness, sometimes earthy, along with a low to moderate acidity that distinguishes most Indonesian coffees, though generally not as full-bodied as an Indonesian or as aromatic as a fine Sulawesi Toraja, yet sometimes fruitier than Sulawesi coffee.

Typically wet processed (washed), a fine New Guinea coffee is deeply dimensioned yet well-balanced, with mild and mellow yet broad flavors that provide a bright and clean taste – a classic, delicate sweetness complemented by an exotic, complex and fruity aroma. The region produces coffees with lots of oils, which come out as early as a medium roast and offer a full body that is consistent with many Indonesian coffees. This makes it ideal in a french press or steel-filter drip coffee maker which allows the natural oils and flavors to shine.


Much of Papua New Guinea’s coffee is grown in the mountain highlands including the central highlands of Mt. Hagen, an area known for its ideal coffee-growing climate and rich volcanic soils.

A considerable amount of New Guinea coffee is grown on small plantations which are sometimes referred to as peasant patches because peasants cultivate the coffee plants.


A wet processed (washed) coffee, Kimel is full-bodied with a medium bright acidity, and known for its intense aroma with hints of currant and chocolate – perhaps even foresty and herbal, and with a wild note in the cup.

The flavors and aromas of New Guinea Kimel are similar to a Jamaica Blue Mountain yet with a heavy body similar to an Indonesian coffee. New Guinea Kimel coffee plants are grown in the eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea from Jamaican cuttings.A Medium Roast or Medium-Dark Roast is recommended to retain the coffee’s light body and cheerful acidity.


One of the most distinguished Papua New Guinea coffees, Arona exhibits a modestly rich taste, comfortably rich, with a fruity aroma and generally well-balanced.

New Guinea coffee is often full-bodied, and sometimes earthy, though not quite as full-bodied as a Sumatran coffee or as aromatic as a fine Sulawesi Toraja, nor with the acidity of a Toraja, though often just as fruity and with a classic, pleasantly exotic taste.  Neither does it have the acidity level of a Toraja. New Guinea coffees are wet processed (washed) coffees.

New Guinea coffee is grown in the mountain highlands of Papua New Guinea, mostly on small plantations that are sometimes called peasant patches because peasants cultivate the coffee plants.

In recent times Arona has been valued slightly higher in coffee markets than Sigri, which is another fine New Guinea coffee. Also see New Guinea Sigri CoffeePapua New Guinea CoffeeNew Guinea Kimel Coffee


Processing of the harvested coffee cherry from these smaller patches is inconsistent, so there is a risk of off-tastes including a beef-broth taste, although a good batch can provide a delightfully complex coffee.

The most distinguished New Guinea coffees are grown on large estates which use state of the art methods and equipment to produce more consistent clean and fragrant coffees with moderate acidity.


Coffee cultivation in Papua New Guinea began with seeds imported from Jamaica’s renown Blue Mountain region in 1937. This heritage is not lost in today’s Papua New Guinea coffees, which have flavor profiles that still exhibit similarities to the older style Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee.

Coffee plant varietals grown in New Guinea include Blue Mountain (Coffea Arabica var. blue mountain), Catimor (Coffea arabica var. catimor), Caturra (Coffea arabica var. caturra) and Mundo Novo (Coffea arabica hybrid mundo novo).

Also grown in Papua New Guinea is Arusha, a Coffea arabica varietal that is either a Typica or French Mission variety. Also see New Guinea Sigri CoffeeNew Guinea Arona CoffeeNew Guinea Kimel Coffee.


For tips on brewing the perfect cup of Papua New Guinea coffee see our section on Coffee Brewing. You can also read detailed coffee flavor profiles of the world’s top Gourmet Coffees and instructions on preparing Espresso Drink Recipes.

Detailed definitions of coffee and espresso terms can be found in the Coffee Terms.  Also check out the World’s Best History of Coffee.



60kg bags
2016: 900,000 = 118,800,000 lbs
2016: 0 = 0 lbs
2016: 200,000 = 26,400,000 lbs
2015: 711,982 = 93,981,598 lbs
2015: 0 = 0 lbs


60kg bags
2016: 0 = 0 lbs
2016: 0 = 0 lbs
2016: 0 = 0 lbs
2015: 710,180 = 93,743,760 lbs
2015: 0 = 0 lbs

Data may not be available for the most recent year.
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Hello world! Hello Coffee! Hello New Guinea!

New Guinea Coffee, the coffee products from both West Papua (West New Guinea) and East Papua (Papua New Guinea) are popular in coffee world. The most famous one is “Goroka Coffee”, then others follow, such as “Hagen Coffee”, “Sigri Coffee” and “Wamena Coffee”. Recently there have been other coffee brands appearing in coffee industry in Papua New Guinea and we have seen “Mossin Coffee” and “Kongo Coffee” also become popular with other coffee products from Western New Guinea such as Amung Me Gold Coffee, Moanemani Coffee and others.

Most of coffee products/ brands from New Guinea Island are locally grown, locally processed and locally sold to local, regional and global markets. Some of the famous coffee industries like Mossin Coffee and Goroka Coffee are already managed by global companies, but many of coffee brands in New Guinea are still local.