Paniai coffee from Papua continues to go global

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The Papua Provincial Government will introduce Paniai coffee as a champion product at G20 events in Nusa Dua, Bali this coming June.

In addition to Paniai coffee, several other Papuan products will be exhibited and sold during G20 related events from June until the commencement of the G20 Summit in November.

Paniai is a regency located in the central mountainous area in Papua and has more than 200,000 residents.

Paniai coffee farmers use seeds from the Blue Mountains of Jamaica to produce a mild taste with a subtle acidity, floral aroma, and almost no bitterness in every sip of Paniai coffee. Grown on altitudes of 1,300-2,000 meters above sea level, Paniai coffee has a unique flavour and aroma.

In 2019, Paniai Regent Meki Nawipa launched a program to plant one million coffee trees and financial assistance for coffee farmers there. Up to now, more than 300,000 trees have been planted. To boost the production, Paniai Regency also plans to build its own factory.

Previously, Director of the Community Welfare Development Foundation, Hanok Herison Pigai assessed that native Papuan coffee commodities, including Paniai coffee, had quite promising marketing prospects. Market opportunities are increasingly open because drinking coffee has become a lifestyle for urban communities. “I want people’s coffee cultivation to continue to develop in Papua. Because marketing [at the] local and national level continues to increase due to an increase in the number of cafes,” said Pigai.

Adapted from Tempo and iNews Papua.