ABOUT PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a unique and vibrant country situated east of Indonesia, just below the earth’s equator and directly north of Australia. With over 800 different languages spoken, across 600 islands, and new specifies of animals and plants being discovered each year, there truly is no place quite like PNG in the world today.
Papua New Guinea is covered in lush mountainous terrains, dense tropical rain forests, and grassy plains. It’s unique landscape and geographical location makes it ideal for growing the finest coffee beans in the world.
ABOUT BANZ KOFI
Banz Kofi began in Mount Hagen, PNG in 1990 initially as a coffee cherry parchment company producing green beans. It was founded by coffee lover and enthusiast Patrick Killoran who, later in 2007, turned his knowledge and expertise of coffee cherries and green beans to roasting the best coffee in PNG.
Banz Kofi is a premium coffee product that combines a special blend of the best PNG grown Arabicas beans roasted to perfection. The beans are grown 100% naturally and farmed without the use of chemicals.
High quality coffee beans are processed, roasted and packed on site at the Banz Kofi factory at Mount Hagen located in the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. The unique feature is that raw coffee beans are purchased directly from remote villages rather than plantations and these villagers still practice traditional methods of growing coffee, without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides.
Banz Kofi is highly community focused and produces a solid product though engagement with the local community. 98% of Banz Kofi staff are local Papua New Guineans.
Banz Kofi is proud to produce a quality product that is made in PNG and by PNGeans for the enjoyment of world citizens.
ABOUT BANZ KOFI BLEND
Selecting only the finest Arabica beans of Single Origin, Banz Kofi is roasted to perfection and is unsurpassed in quality and taste.
The coffee has a sweet-toned, delicate aroma with butter notes and hints of chocolate and Mediterranean spice. Even sweeter in the cup, it is often described by coffee connoisseurs as having a rich, softly acidy and quietly complex taste with distinct floral notes and a crisp, subtle fruity scent that suggests Riesling table wine or perhaps black currant. The fruit notes turn toward cocoa in the long, continuing sweet finish.
ABOUT BANZ KOFI PACKAGING
Banz Kofi are packaged and sold as roasted whole coffee beans or as roasted ground coffee. It is packed in an aluminium laminate to prolong the shelf life of the coffee and preserve the coffee aroma by preventing moisture and oxygen penetration. Gases escape through the one-way valve. The dyes used are all natural and do not contain harmful heavy metals, and aluminium is of course recyclable. The capsule selection is espresso machine friendly and contained in nitrogen-flushed packaging.
ABOUT BANZ KOFI BRAND
Banz Kofi is a premium range specialty product that is only available in select hotels and resorts, boutique cafes and high-end department stores. It has been enjoyed by Prime Ministers & Presidents, English Royalty, and Celebrities from around the world and has been the coffee of choice for over a decade in the award winning Airways Hotel in Papua New Guinea (www.airways.com.pg).
ABOUT MOUNT HAGEN REGION
Waghi Valley, Mount Hagen is located within the Central Highlands of PNG. The Central Highlands, with its high altitude and cooler climate are ideal for the cultivation of high quality Arabica Coffee. 70% of the population is still dependent on subsistence agriculture and chemicals, synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are unheard of. Pure economics dictate traditional and natural agriculture, resulting in Coffee with naturally low levels of acidity, with absolutely no trace elements of chemicals and pollutants.
Arabica must be grown in higher altitudes and is used as a flavours additive in lower quality blends. Arabica coffee is generally destined for the European markets of Germany and Italy.
From small beginnings in the early 1950s, by 1960 more than 4000 hectares of Arabica coffee have been established by villagers, mainly in the highlands near Kainantu, Goroka, Mount Hagen and in the Wahgi Valley, but also at Wau, and in the Huon Peninsula in the mountains behind Lae and Finschhafen. By the early 1970s, the area planted by villagers had increased to an estimated 23,000 hectares producing some 25,000 tonnes of green bean (raw bean) for export each year.