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Papua New Guinea Baroida Honey

Papua New Guinea Baroida Honey


Region: Kianantu District, Eastern Highlands Province

Farm: Colbran Coffeelands - Baroida Estate

Altitude: 1700 - 1850 meters above sea level

Varietal: Arusha, Mundo Novo, Bourbon, Typica

Process: Honey

Sizes: 250 / 1kg

Flavours: Roast Almond, Dried Apricot, Warm Spices


In 1963, New Zealander Ben Colbran moved to Papua New Guinea (PNG) with his wife and three children, responding to the government's call for foreign agriculturalists to develop land across the highlands of PNG. Ben acquired the land from a local named Taro, and was one of the very first to grow coffee in the valley.

Over the years, Colbran Coffeelands flourished under Ben's stewardship, becoming one of PNG's most renowned coffee estates. Nichol, Ben's son, played an integral role in the farm's development from a young age, having spent most of his life in Papua New Guinea. Even after Ben sold the farm in 1979 and relocated to Australia, Nichol remained committed to its management under the new ownership. Nichol's deep-rooted connection to Colbran Coffeelands led him to repurchase the farm in 1997, subsequently assuming the role of Owner and Director. Today, the estate encompasses approximately 220 hectares, featuring mature coffee trees alongside newer plantings.

The Baroida Estate stands as one of the few privately-owned farms still operational in Kianantu, once a prominent hub for Papua New Guinea's coffee industry. Nick Colbran notes a stark decline in the region's private estates, stating that while there were over 50 previously, only a handful remain today.

Colbran's approach involves purchasing significant quantities of green coffee from local smallholder producers at premium prices, exceeding those of the local market. This strategy aims to incentivize growers to selectively pick only ripe cherries. Additionally, Colbran Coffeelands actively collaborates with neighboring farms and farmers, providing essential processing and marketing support to promote sustainable coffee cultivation in the region.

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