Walcha’s own Cameron Hayton has spent the last few years researching and learning the art of roasting coffee. He has been buying green beans from ethical importers in Melbourne and Sydney who are dedicated to buying from cooperatives and farms that put the proceeds directly into the hands of the people who pick the coffee cherries and their families. Spending time with professional tasters, coffee farmers, and buyers, and going to coffee cuppings with other roasters is how Walcha Roasted Coffee brings some of the highest quality beans available to the region. By doing this, Walcha Roasted Coffee can offer fresh, high quality beans that would rival any inner city cafe. Walcha Roasted Coffee is currently roasting beans from Uganda, Indonesia, and Ethiopia and has some carefully crafted blends. Coffee reaches its peak flavour about four days after roasting and will start to drop its flavour gradually from about the second or third week after roasting. Walcha Roasted Coffee puts the roast date on every pack of coffee.
Region : Eastern Highlands
Altitude : 1,450–1,800 masl
Process : Washed
Variety : Mixed
Grade : B16+
Q Score: 83
TASTING NOTES: Sweet cup and coating mouthfeel. Caramel driven with some tangerine and a hint of apricot.
The Korofeigu Farmer’s Cooperative Society is located in the Bena Bena Valley of the Eastern Highlands, between Goroka to the west and Henganofi to the east.
A mix of the Arusha and Bourbon varieties are shade-grown in the loamy soil of this region at an altitude ranging between 1400-1850 meter above sea level. Harvest time is from April to September. Wet processing is done at farm-site using clean water from nearby springs. Cherries are handpicked and pulped the same day before being fermented in small vats/buckets and fully washed after 36-48hrs. Drying of parchment is often times on drying beds constructed form simple bush materials and this may take up to a week. Farmers bring their dried parchment to the collection point where it changes ownership at premium price levels for the certified Organic parchment. Further processing of the parchment is done at the mill in Goroka.
Our supplier New Guinea Highlands Coffee Exports began a program to assist farmers in obtaining their Organic certification. This coffee is the product of this initiative, which also provides extensive work on HIV/AIDS prevention, financial management, gender equality awareness, coffee husbandry and certification standards and procedures.