New Single Origin Coffee: Introducing The Month of May RCS Coffee from Papua New Guinea
In the month of March 2021, we celebrated the one year anniversary of our coffee subscription model online. Subscribed. To Great Coffee Forever movement, in the past 12 months, has garnered 159 loyal subscribers who all received their coffees through the subscription model. This milestone definitely is the heartbeat to us sourcing even more delicious coffees for the future to serve this purpose!
We have also been in self-reflection mode; looking back at the good, the bad and the ugly. The ultimate question have always been this, ‘How do we source and provide even greater coffee for our subscribers?’ The main purpose of this subscription model is to always ensure that our Gift Subscribers are getting the first dig to new coffees before launching and/or to enjoy exclusive coffees that is unique to its terroir in terms of varietal, processing methods or simply small in its production size.
Hence in April 2021, we introduced the Roaster’s Choice Subscription (RCS) model for both Ongoing and Prepaid option. This model is a monthly coffee subscription plan without having the trouble to decide on what coffee to get. All the selections of coffee, only single origins, are roasted for either filter or Omni roasting style, and is perfect for those who enjoy preparing their coffee as a manual pour-over, plunging it through the French Press or like our Coffee Roaster, running it as a lighter roast espresso based beverage!
Getting on any of the plans are easy. For Roaster’s Choice Ongoing Subscription, simply choose the number of bags you need and leave the coffee selection to us. Your subscription will recur monthly and you have the flexibility to pause and stop the subscription anytime.
For Roaster’s Choice Prepaid Subscription, choose the number of duration you want to stay on (3-month or 6-month), the number of bags you need and we will take care the rest. With the commitment to prepay and to stay through out the duration, you will enjoy not only a better a better deal, but also perks like complimentary dining vouchers to our retail shops, to name a few.
The Roaster's Choice Subscription (RCS) subscribers will receive unique and seasonal single origin coffee, thoughtfully curated and roasted by our roaster just for subscribers on this plan only, that allows you to experience different coffee throughout the year. You will have access to different varietals and different variety of processing methods that allow one to get the full 'coffee professional’ experience. We do not provide grinding option at this point simply to maintain the quality on these beautiful coffees that will come to you.
While generally most of our coffee will be in 250g bag, we may introduce you to higher-valued coffee, such as Gesha varietal or super nano-lot coffee, that may come in a smaller packaging. All these coffees will either be exclusive only to our subscribers or as a pre-launch and availability in the shop or online will be only a few weeks or months after you have receive them and brewing away.
Coffee for this subscription plan will be roasted on the second Monday of the month and shipped out the following day. This will allow us to better source delicious coffee, to manage our roasting schedule and consolidate all of the subscribers to enjoy these unique coffee in a single batch roast.
While we launched a new Colombian coffee for subscribers in April, for the month of May, we introduced Monpi Arufa, a coffee from Papua New Guinea to our RCS subscribers.
This special lot from Monpi coffee is made entirely from smallholder farms from Jiwaka Province and takes its name from the community in which it is grown. The regions high altitudes and fertile lands not only help to provide the optimum setting for coffee growing, but also microclimate like conditions that give lots from Arufa their unique characteristics. Sitting in the shadow of Mount Bangeta, the land is filled with winding waterways that help distribute much-needed volcanic nutrients throughout the soil.
Traditionally, these very remote regions of Papua New Guinea are difficult to traverse, meaning many producers have to carry their crop over long distances to receive factory door prices. Fortunately for communities in Arufa, the region benefits from good road access, allowing producers access to Monpi’s mill.
Land in Papua New Guinea is still to this day conventionally owned, with plantations in Arufa managed by smallholder farmers; averaging just 2 hectares. Coffee is inter-cropped with other produce to increase soil humus (decaying plant matter that increases retention of moisture and nutrients), fertility and shade. Crops include; plantain, bananas, yams, sweet potato, cabbage and other traditional foods. Although a variety of other produce is grown, coffee cultivation is often the primary means of income; with other produce grown and livestock reared only for personal consumption. This makes coffee an important cash crop, as most farmers in the Jiwaka Province will grow coffee for income.
Today, coffee is a major industry for Papua New Guinea with the country currently exporting around 1 million bags of coffee every year; involving more than 2.5 million people (nearly half of the total population). Our purchase of just a pallet of 10 bags this year is really just a small splash in the vast ocean but with increase awareness and education about great tasting coffees available in Papua New Guinea, we are positive that we will find a heightened appreciation of Papua New Guinea locally so to inspire us to continue searching and chasing for that cup of perfection in this land that is also well known for its existence of endangered wildlife such as bird of paradise, tree kangaroos, Horne bills, peacocks and parrots!
Monpi Arufa is only our third ever coffee purchase from Papua New Guinea in the last 8 years, having previously introduced the Virgin Mountain and Arokara, but definitely one of the most delicious coffee of our time. This coffee was first introduced to our month of May 2021 Roaster’s Choice Subscription subscribers and is now available for a very short time, while stock last. Come and have a taste of Papua New Guinea!