PNG FT & Organic Certified – HOAC Cooperative

PNG Fairtrade Organic

Region: Purosa, in Papua New Guinea’s Eastern Highlands
Cooperative: Highlands Organic Agriculture Cooperative (HOAC)
Established: 2003
Members: 2,700
Soil: Rich Volcanic
Varietal: Typica and Arusha
Process: Washed
Altitude: 1300 – 1750 meters above sea level
Aroma: Floral, sweet, vanilla, chocolate
Acidity: High
Body: High
Tasting notes: Complex, chocolate, cocoa, savoury
Cup: Clean and balanced
Certifications: Fairtrade and Organic

We last visited this Cooperative in August 2015, and were pleased to see how well the farms and community were doing. Their level of husbandry is high, they were renovating their processing plant, and also improving their water and schooling infrastructures.

In 2015 we also co-hosted an event called ‘Meet the Maker’. We helped bring Daniel Kinne, a coffee farmer, chairman and founding member of PNG’s HOAC, to New Zealand to speak about his farm and business. Specifically he spoke of the difference that a fair trade relationship is making in the lives of the communities connected with HOAC. The challenges they face, from access to clean water, to the lack of sealed roads in the remote highlands where coffee grows best. HOAC has looked to fair trade to provide the support that the government was not providing, and in turn grown their farming expertise and business acumen.

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