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Papua New Guinea Wahgi Valley – Applied Arts Coffee

Andrew Pautler

Papua New Guinea Wahgi Valley from Applied Arts Coffee

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Papua New Guinea Wahgi Valley Bunum Wo Estate
  • Roaster
    Applied Arts Coffee
  • Roaster Location
    Portland, Oregon
  • Estimated Price
    $20 / 12oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Pink Lemonade, cantaloupe & cedar
  • Process
    Washed (Kula)
  • Country
    Papua New Guinea
  • Region
    Wahgi Valley
  • Elevation
    1500 MASL
  • Producer
    Bunum Wo Estate
  • Roast
  • Review Brew Method
    Orea, AeroPress, Flower
  • Roast Date
    November 4, 2022
  • Review Date
    November 24, 2022

Coffee Scoring

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9 / 10
  • Approachable, but exciting
  • Evolution from punchy to softer

Disclosure: This is a sponsored review. As always though, all opinions are 100% my own.

Applied Arts Coffee is a roaster currently based in Portland, Oregon, but will be opening a cafe in New Orleans in 2023. It is family-owned and run by chef Baruch Rabasa. I had a chance to speak with Baruch a few weeks ago and his passion for coffee is evident. He’s channeled his culinary attention to detail and desire for perfection in the kitchen to his sourcing and roasting of coffee—and the results are impressive.

This Papua New Guinea caught me by surprise when I first brewed it. It is punchy, yet surprisingly clean and its roast profile perfectly supports the coffee’s strengths. The coffee begins with a lively fragrance of sweet bright citrus and creamy melon. The flavor begins with punchy citrus acidity, but softens and becomes creamier as the coffee cools. It has a medium-light body, but a full mouthfeel and a very well-balanced profile. The sweetness reminds me of lemon drops and it finishes with a creamy, sweet finish. I found the coffee to be quite flexible but brews best with pour over drippers.

The Bottom Line

I was quite impressed with this first coffee from Applied Arts Coffee. It was very approachable but still very exciting; clean, but with enough punch. It evolved nicely as the coffee cooled and was enjoyable to brew every time.

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