PNG Coffee industry

PNG Coffee Industry to hold Q Grader training

Adi Taroepratjeka, a Q and R grader, and also a Q instructor will be in the country this month to carry out training for 12 participants on May, 22-27, 2017 in Aiyura, Eastern Highlands Province.

The Q-grader training is a course for Arabica cuppers, one that is internationally recognised by the Coffee Quality Institute in the US, for cupping specialty coffees.

Coffee production per hectare is low due to several factors

In an interview with Business Advantage PNG, Monpi Coffee Exports Manager,  Joeri Kalwij, says the low production is due to a number of factors which are:

Poor training of farmers and the state of the trees; bottlenecks at ports due to lengthy and complex export bureaucracy; substandard mills; and the country’s declining infrastructure.

At the top of the list is road and bridge infrastructure, which Kalwij says is crucial for famers in rural PNG to transport their coffee, but has been affected to natural disasters.