Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
Location: Wahgi Valley, Western Highlands Province
Altitude: 1600 MASL
All coffee bearing the Sigri name is grown at over 5000 feet elevation. Sigri considers soil and water conservation as a priority and the estate is bird and eco-friendly. Sigri employs a medium density shade strategy, using two types of shade trees. This promotes even ripening of coffee cherries and provides habitat for at least 90 species of birds.
Sigri is a washed Arabica coffee that undergoes a rigorous wet factory process. Quality Control begins in the field; Cherries are hand-picked and carefully checked for uniformity; it must be red and fully ripe which allows for the correct balance of sugar and acid within the cherry. This selected cherry is then pulped on the day of picking.
A fermentation process follows, a period of three days broken every 24 hours by washing – but unlike many other coffees, the Sigri process follows this by total immersion in water for a further day. This balances the flavors, ultimately, creating a better coffee. Careful conditioning of 21 days is followed by hulling, grading, densometric sorting, color sorting, and finally hand sorting. This, combined with rigorous quality control before packing, produces the specialty green beans for which Sigri is renowned.
All grades are continuously sample-roasted and cupped by experts, including an on-staff Q grader.
Sigri provides free housing, free healthcare, and free education (built two schools on the estate) to the pickers and their children. In PNG Sigri is recognized a leading contributor to the local economy and social well-being of the community and people.