Waghi Valley is a growing region in the Western Highlands. The Kigabah Estate is located here, and it is reviving the coffee industry here; working with neighboring tribes, and putting profits towards infrastructure and schools.
The estate is over 4000 feet above sea level, which makes the coffee plants very happy. The beans are sorted by size, and we bought the bags of peaberries.
I love this one as a light roast -- get through the first cracks, but don't take it too much beyond that. This bean is complex in taste, very buttery, a little juicy, tart, and has exotic passionfruit notes. You can take it into the second cracks and treat it like other indonesian coffees, and you lose the complexity, but its a nice sweet dark roast. Or roast it both ways and blend them together. Another thing we like to do is roast it light to get the creamy/buttery attributes, and then blend it with a bean with chocolate notes, like a Guatemala. And then you have a creamy chocolate coffee, almost like a hot cocoa.
US Arrival: November 2019