A feasibility study into the establishment of a wet and dry coffee processing mill in the Kaintiba area of Gulf province is expected to begin soon.

Olam International has awarded ten of its top coffee suppliers in a fitting ceremony in Goroka on Tuesday, 8th November, 2016. It was an effort to reward all the business partners who supported Olam to become the third largest player in the country. 

THE Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) through its Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP) is organizing over 1000 farmers in the countryside of Morobe for a household survey (HHS).

The 2016 winners of National Coffee Cupping Competition (NCCC), Timuza Coffee Cooperative Group from Timuza village outside Kainantu town in Eastern Highlands Province, were presented their prize; a brand new Isuzu dump truck on Wednesday 19th October, 2016. 

The presentation comes two months after the competition that was held in Lae from August 15th-19th, 2016. 

The national competition brought in 127 coffees from 12 different provinces, which were then assessed by eight international Q-graders from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Costa Rice. 

Timuza coffee cooperative took away the first place at the national event this year with a score of 85.75 points, just 2.25 points above the 2015 winners. 

Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) CEO Mr. Charles Dambui told the Timuza community at the recent presentation that Timuza’s win sets a challenge for other cooperative to work hard and produce quality coffee. 

“This vehicle that you receive today is not change but a tool for you to bring about change into your community.” 

Mr Dambui further said that it was pleasing to see that a group like Timuza who has been cultivating and group marketing coffee in the last 12 years excel into the next level through the coffee competition. 

Mr Dambui said the competition looks at opening avenues for farmers to participate in the specialty market to fetch higher prices apart from the conventional markets which they sell to locally. 

Coffee competition coordinator Mr Sam Menanga told those who gathered at the presentation that the specialty market was a difficult market to participate in, as it needed one to consistently supply the same quality coffee every time is it requested for by the buyer or party overseas. 

“I congratulate Timuza for your achievement in this year’s competition and urge you to strive for the best when you produce and process your coffee.” 

Joining hands in congratulating Timuza, Mr Dambui acknowledged CIC provincial extension coordinator for Eastern Highlands Mr Samson Jack, who has been very instrumental in grooming this group to where it is today. 

“We want to work with and see groups who are ready to do group marketing and are committed to producing quality coffee.” 

Mr Dambui challenged Timuza to maintain their place and coffee attributes and also improve on their points in next year’s competition. 

Community elder Ken Tokave expressed satisfaction with the group’s performance and thanked CIC for this initiative. 

The PNG Coffee Cupping Competition started in 2014 through a directive by the government through the “Tree to Cup Policy” to enable farmers to go into SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises). The competition aims to identify and profile good quality coffees from progressive cooperative groups in major coffee growing provinces and expose the intrinsic value of coffee grown and produced in PNG to the outside world.

Since its inception in 2014, over 150 farmer groups have participated receiving more than K450,000 in export receipts from coffee sales.  

Mr Dambui emphasized that although the competition is still in its infancy stage, it hopes to see more farmer groups participate and developed into SME’s (Small to Medium Enterprises) that can transform livelihoods.

From left- CIC cupping competition coordinator Mr Sam Menanga, Executive Officer Mr Raymond Unasi and CEO Mr Charles Dambui presenting the Isuzu dump truck keys to Timuza Chairman Mr Ofi Ifuru on Wednesday 19th October, 2016 in Timuza village, Eastern Highlands Province.

Local entrepreneur and owner of Mitega coffee mill at 7 mile, outside Goroka town, has praised the efforts by Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) and the Royal PNG Constabulary for carrying out the Cherry Trade Ban awareness in the recent months.

Mr Jack Gasowo who owns a dry mill factory commended CIC on their tireless efforts in driving the message into coffee communities to stop the illegal trading of cherry coffee.

He said this was for the good of the coffee growers and they should support this cause by reporting illegal coffee traders.

“I can frankly tell you that the awareness is changing people’s mindsets in my community.” Recently after the continued awareness campaigns, a man from the Asaro area has come forward admitting he got more from selling green bean coffee than cherry and parchment.

Memba Ambo from the Asaro area said he saw the awareness was banning people from selling and buying cherry coffee so he had no choice but to process his coffee to green bean to sell, and he is seeing a big difference in the income he is getting.

“Mi lukim olsem dispela awenes i stopim ol lain long baim seri kofi na mi tu i prosesim kofi igo long grin bin. Taim mi mekim olsem, mi kisim gutpela prais long grin bin kofi.” (The awareness has made me stop selling cherry coffee as there is no one to buy my cherries. After processing to green bean, I am seeing a big difference in the income I am receiving).

Mr Gasowo said he is looking at accommodating the little farmer’s to process their coffees to green bean so they can see for themselves the difference in price between selling parchment and green bean. “

Mr Gasowo added he strives to educate his surrounding community that they have to prepare the coffee well as people will consume it. “That is how I see it and preparation needs it a lot of hard work, however, the bottom line is that farmers have to be rewarded well for their hard work.”

“People know about the cherry trade ban but they continue to ignore it and sell to get fast money,” he added.

Gasowo has been in the coffee business since 1983 and has a five hectare garden that has generated income to build his own house and start up the dry factory at Ifiufa outside Goroka town.

CIC General Manager Mr. Steven Tumae said people like Gasowo are showing the right path for others in coffee business to follow and safeguard the industry to maintain quality at all times. “Price will complement the hard work you put into producing the same quality coffee every time.”

The five (5) restricted provinces in the highlands are Eastern Highlands, Western Highlands Jiwaka, Southern Highlands, Simbu and Enga. 

The cherry trade policy restricts operators/dealers from buying and selling cherry coffee, except with consent from the Coffee Industry Corporation Ltd.

Manager for Industry, Regulations & Compliance  Mr Michael Waim speaking with Mr Jack Gasowo at his factory on a visit.