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Papua New Guinea

Producer: AAAK Cooperative
Varietals: Typica, Bourbon
Region: Eastern Highlands
Elevation: 1400 - 1650 meters
Process: Fully Washed
Fermentation: Tank Fermentation, Wet
Drying: Raised Beds 
Aroma: Vanilla, Red Grape
Tasting Notes: Kiwi, Orange Cream, Raisin, Milk Chocolate
AAAK is an organization formed in the 60s with the vision to give people a better life and build a future for their children, introducing radical practices to improve coffee quality and livelihoods. Today, the co-op has roughly 1800 coffee growers, each with an average of 30 to 60 coffee trees. Respect and trust between the growers and co-op is earned, not taken for granted. 

Its self-described holistic approach includes activities ranging from financial planning, to banking (mobile payment partnership with BSP Bank), to gender equality, to health, to education. On the coffee front, AAAK takes a very localized approach to organization and coffee quality. 81 “base camps” are spread across member areas and form as community centers. Each base camp serves as a training center for quality growing and processing practices, and 60+ (and growing) are outfitted with tool sheds where members can rent supplies for use on their farms. While rich in expertise and ideas, AAAK has only recently been able to open its own washing stations. It currently manages 3 stations, each quite small but well-staffed with knowledgeable machinists and coffee handlers. Each station serves a handful of nearby base camps (currently base camps not near a washing station home-process and deliver parchment). 

Kopio is a cluster group within the Apo co-op, and this offering is a microlot of just this one cluster within such a large organization. The flavors that result from zooming in on one tiny area allows us to see just how exacting AAAK’s quality standards are— it is an absolutely phenomenal coffee.