Sigri Caracolillo - El Magnífico

Sigri Caracolillo

Papua – 166 Origin

Cupping notes

Sweet and almond fragrance. Juicy body. Nuts, baked aubergine and umami flavor.

The farm

The Sigri Plantation was founded in 1969 by the Carpenter family and now produces one of the best specialty coffees in Asia and Oceania.
Sigri considers soil and water conservation a priority, and its estate is respectful of birds and the environment. The plantation uses a medium density shade strategy using two types of shade trees, which promotes homogeneous ripening of cherries and provides habitat for at least 90 species of birds.
The Arusha varietal is a direct descendant of the Bourbon and the genetic base Typica. This coffee is cultivated at 1.600 meters above sea level, which means a slower maturation, more sugars which will balance the acidity given by the high altitude and great complexity and aromatic intensity.

Process

Sigri coffees are subjected to a rigorous processing method. Quality control begins in the field; the cherries are harvested by hand and only at its optimal level of sugars, it is pulped the same day of its harvest and its fermentation process lasts approximately three days, interrupted every 24 hours to be washed.
But unlike other wet-milled coffees, Sigri process continues with a full immersion in water for an extra day, which gives it a unique flavour profile. Then it is let to dry in patios in the sun to further enhance its flavour.

Coffee cup cost

Using 8 grs. (customary measure) drink a cup of this extraordinary coffee for 0.24 €

Origin

Papua New Guinea is often grouped with Indonesian coffees. However, it is different in almost every way. Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern half of the island that it shares with Irian Jaya, which produces only a small amount of coffee. It is a world away from Java or Sumatra, geographically and culturally, and in most aspects of coffee production. Nor do they use the milling with wet parchment like so many Indonesian coffees.
The coffee-growing areas of Papua occupy a continuous mountain range, but are distinguished mainly as coffees of the Eastern Highlands and Western Highlands.
The Western Highlands region is home to our PNG Sigri Plantation. Its provincial capital and central city is Mount Hagen and its economy is heavily based on coffee. This region enjoys a cool climate, with precipitations all year round, which generates micro climatic conditions ideal for its cultivation.
Although coffee began to be cultivated at the end of the 19th century, it was not until the 1970s that coffee production began to export profusely. The introduction of seeds of the Jamaica Blue Mountain was carried out there in 1926. Today the main varietals are Bourbon, Typica and Arusha.

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