Mount Hagen Coffee Review 2020: Is Organic Coffee Good for You?

September 23, 2019 by Curtis Silver

Instant coffee is unquestionably the best way to have a cup of joe every time you want it.

Even if you are in a remote location, all you need is hot water, a cup, a stirrer, and presto! A sizzling hot java will give you the necessary boost you need in the morning.

But did you know that instant coffees are not created equal? Some brands are caffeinated and some are decafs.

There are also organic ones while some are not.

Some brands use coffee beans grown using pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals. Some brands don’t use chemicals to grow and harvest coffee beans.

Just like the Mount Hagen coffees. This brand is chemical-free (both in growing coffee plants and in brewing the coffee) so it is considered organic.

There are cheap ones while there are more expensive coffees. The difference lies in the roast, aroma, body, flavor, acidity, and other distinctive characteristics a coffee brand has.

In this Mount Hagen Coffee review, you will be able to know and understand more about this brand.

What is Mount Hagen Instant Coffee?

Mount Hagen organic instant coffee is the world’s first certified organic coffee drink (1). The Mount Hagen organic freeze-dried instant coffee is one of the world’s favorite.

When we say organic, it means that there are no artificial chemicals used in producing the coffee beans. These chemicals include certain additives or any other pesticides or herbicides.

And Mount Hagen doesn’t use them.

Furthermore, Mount Hagen coffee beans (100% Arabica) are ethically-sourced from all around the world which are grown in higher elevations and shaded areas.

But contrary to popular beliefs, certified organic coffees can be produced using organic-certified fertilizers.

These fertilizers may include coffee pulp, chicken manure, bokashi, and general compost (organic matter decomposed through a process called composting).

But being organic does not end with farming and harvesting the coffee beans. For coffees to be certified as 100% organic, the cherries should be roasted in equipment solely dedicated to roasting (2).

Moreover, this equipment should be thoroughly cleaned between roasts. Mount Hagen does just that!

To make you more comfortable drinking Mount Hagen coffee, the company wants you to know that they care about the environment and the farmers who cultivate coffee beans for them.

As Mount Hagen says, “Organic or Demeter coffee does not grow by itself” (3).

Mount Hagen has more to say about their coffee.

“Yet this is precisely our claim. What good is an opulent espresso to anyone if forests are destroyed and the soil is contaminated with aggressive chemicals just to produce it? And does the finest single-origin Arabica taste good to you if the coffee farmers can’t even send their children to school with the money they make from it?”

“Not to us. That’s why we work together with Fairtrade and pay the prices set by the organization. That’s why all of our coffees are organic, grown in small cultivations under shade trees.

This, in turn, is a reason why it tastes so outrageously delicious.”

History of Mount Hagen Coffee

Mount Hagen coffees are certified by the US Department of Agriculture as 100% organic and meet the standard set by IMO-EcoCert GmbH Germany.

In the early 1980s, when organic instant coffee was non-heard of, a group of German businessmen saw potential in buying organic coffee in Papua New Guinea.

The coffee plantation was near Mount Hagen, one of Papua New Guinea’s beloved mountains (the brand is named after the mountain).

In 1986, the first one and a half container of the world’s first biodynamic (bio-Dyn) coffee was shipped to Germany from the Oceania country.

After a few years, the company imported more organic coffee beans from the Dominican Republic, Peru, Mexico, Honduras, and later from Africa.

The company did return to Papua New Guinea after the conflict in the country subsided. Mount Hagen is currently producing 50 to 60 containers a year of the “most wonderful organic fairtrade Arabica coffees in Papua New Guinea”.

What is Fair Trade in Mount Hagen coffees?

According to the Mount Hagen website (4), Fair Trade is defined as “A strategy for fighting poverty: Farmers in Africa, Latin America, and Asia can effectively improve their living and working conditions through fair trade standards – guaranteed minimum prices significantly higher than the world market level plus fixed premium payments and compliance with social and environmental criteria.

They get a stable income, access to the world market and long-term and direct trade relations”.

How is Mount Hagen brewed?

This instant coffee is a German-processed product which uses freeze-drying technology in brewing. In a freeze-drying technique, the coffee is grind and brews, freeze-dry it, and then crush it into tiny pieces.

In this process, the liquid coffee is subjected to ultra-low temperatures to freeze the mix starting at 20F (-6.70C). The resulting crystals are further cooled to about -40F (-40C).

The process will yield icy coffee crystals which are then ground and dried into fine particles. At this time, water is evaporated.

The processes don’t use chemicals or solvents, unlike non-organic instant coffees. Although these synthetic chemicals and solvents were proven non-health risks to coffee drinkers, Mount Hagen thinks that going organic is an environment-friendly option.

Mount Hagen various products

Mount Hagen organic instant coffee comes in 7 variants which are all available on You can also buy Mount Hagen on Whole Foods

#1 Mount Hagen Organic Decaffeinated Instant Coffee in a Jar

This product comes in a jar containing 3.53 Oz (100 grams) of purely organic coffee. The coffee can be added with milk and sweetener.

To make a decaffeinated coffee, Mount Hagen uses water and carbon dioxide (also known as the Carbon Dioxide {CO2} process) to extract the caffeine. In this operation, only pure water is used.

However, only 97% of the total caffeine in the coffee beans is extracted so you still have about 3% of caffeine left in this brew.

The remaining caffeine is a very small amount perfect for those who want their coffee decaf but still packed with aroma and full-bodied taste.

The Mount Hagen Decaf Fairtrade coffee is ideal for students, campers, travelers, small households, and other coffee purists who want top-of-the-line organic coffee in an instant.

The glass container is light and small enough to fit in your baggage/backpack when you are traveling or camping.

#2 Mount Hagen Organic Fairtrade Instant Coffee in Jar


The Mount Hagen Organic Instant regular coffee in a jar is a 100% Arabica coffee beans marketed as organic and free trade coffee. This coffee variant is freeze-dried without using any chemicals or preservatives.

The quality of this coffee is decent at its price, but not as good as the more expensive products such as Starbucks Via or Sudden Coffee.

This organic instant coffee has a mild roast which makes it stand out of many Dark Roast instant coffees and creates a well-balanced taste. It also has no bitter after taste. It has no acidic taste either which is more common in cheap instant coffees.

The Mount Hagen Organic Fairtrade instant coffee comes in a well-sealed jar that contains 3.53 oz (100 grams) of coffee crystals.

This Mount Hagen variant is just perfect for those who prefer their brew handy any time of the day (or night) without spoiling the freshness.

3) Mount Hagen Organic Instant Coffee Single Serve Sticks

Aside from being organic, the Mount Hagen instant coffee on a stick is also Kosher certified. This variant is freeze-dried to perfection and has 25 single-serve sticks (in a box) with 1.76 oz (50 grams) total weight.

The packaging is very useful for campers, frequent travelers, and small families. The instant coffee is packed in Germany and not anywhere else so you are assured of the quality.

The single-serve stick contains 0.07 oz (2 grams) of instant coffee crystals without sugar or creamer. The best about this packaging is that you can control the amount of coffee you want to put in your cup.

Just add hot water in a cup and mix with creamer or sugar. The box is designed to make storage easier where it has a pop-top and re-sealable lid to close in the freshness of every stick.

4) Mount Hagen Decaf Organic Instant Coffee Single-Serve 25 Sticks

The Mount Hagen Decaf coffee in a single-serve stick is the one preferred by most travelers, campers, students, office workers, and young professionals who don’t want too much caffeine.

The packaging let them bring coffee anywhere they want where there is hot water. This organic instant coffee is freeze-dried without synthetic chemicals or solvent mostly associated with non-organic instant coffees.

The product comes in a box with 25 single serve-sticks with a net weight of 1.76 oz (50 grams). Each stick contains 0.07 oz (2 grams) of pure Arabica coffee granules.

With strict quality standards known throughout the world, this German-processed instant coffee is well-balanced and has full-bodied flavor.

5) 6 Jars Mount Hagen Organic Decaf Instant Coffee, 3.5 oz/100 gm Each

This Mount Hagen coffee variant is dark roasted and decaffeinated perfect for coffee lovers who don’t want much caffeine. But the taste, aroma, and smell of pure instant coffee remain.

The jar is air-tight which seals the freshness of your morning joe. To maintain quality, the coffee beans used in this brew are roasted in small batches.

If you want your coffee black and almost no caffeine, this premium brew is what you need.

6) Mount Hagen Organic Instant Coffee Variety Pack

If you want both caffeinated and decaf Mount Hagen coffee in your kitchen or office, this variety pack is perfect for the day. The variety pack contains a box of Mount Hagen organic decaf instant coffee and one box of Mount Hagen Freeze Dried Instant Regular Coffee, 1.76 oz (50 grams each).

The pack is ideal for families who want to savor the different taste of Mount Hagen.

7) 4 Boxes Mount Hagen Organic Decaffeinated Instant Coffee Single Serve


This decaf Mount Hagen Organic coffee is one of the favorites of coffee aficionados who don’t like to put much caffeine in their diet. The pack comes in 4 boxes containing 25 sticks each box.

Each box has a net weight of 1.76 oz (50 grams) ideal for the whole family. The German-packed boxes are sealed with a pop-up top which has re-closeable lid for ease of storage.

8) 6 Jars Mount Hagen Organic Instant Coffee 3.5 oz/100grams Each


If you want a single purchase of 6 jars of Mount Hagen Organic Instant coffee, you can go with this product variant. Each jar contains 3.53 oz (100 grams) of organic and Kosher certified coffee granules.

Each jar gives you about 60 cups of more aromatic and delicious coffee in an instant, no need for a coffee maker. This handy jar is sealed even after opening the container so you have fresh and flavorful organic coffee any time of the day (or night).

Facts that we can say about Mount Hagen Coffees


  • Choice coffee, spicy, and complex in its flavor
  • Packed with more antioxidants compared to inorganic coffees
  • Comes in more variants to choose from
  • Roasted in small batches sealing the aroma and flavor
  • Produced in Germany
  • Can be added with sugar or milk
  • Made from single-origin Arabica coffee beans
  • Low acidity level
  • No bitter aftertaste
  • Easy to use


  • More expensive than ordinary instant coffees
  • No extra-strong flavor/roast


There are more proven health benefits (personally and environmentally) of drinking organic coffee just like Mount Hagen organic instant coffees. Moreover, the production of this coffee is “an art unto itself”, says Mount Hagen.

Interestingly, according to (5), “coffee itself is not where the health risks lie. Rather, the risks associated with drinking large amounts of coffee can be traced to the chemical and pesticide residues when using inorganic coffee growing methods”.

Moreover, organic coffee is believed to be higher in antioxidants compared to its inorganic counterpart. It is also packed with more vitamins, minerals, and helps more in boosting the immune system.

This Mount Hagen coffee review also found out that coffee without synthetic pesticides and artificial fertilizers reduces the dangers of harmful chemical ingestion.

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.

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.