Local coffee experts join contest

FIVE Papua New Guineans will join seven international Q-graders for the 2018 PNG Coffee Industry Corporation Ltd National Coffee Cupping Competition to be held in Port Moresby from Sept 10-14, 2018. Among the local coffee cuppers will be Enos Dum, 29, of Osifagu Village in the Unggai Bena District of Eastern Highlands. Young Enos took part in two national coffee tasting contests in 2015 and 2016 respectively as a cupper, but next week will be his first to grade coffee[…]

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67 Samples Set for Coffee Cupping Competion

Sixty-Seven Arabica coffee samples will be assessed for their quality in cup and taste at the 2018 PNG Coffee Industry Corporation’s National Coffee Cupping Competition to be held in Port Moresby next week. The tasting or cupping is a closed-door event at the Holiday Inn Hotel on September 10-14, 2018. Seven international coffee judges are arriving this week to partner with five experienced local cuppers including two certified Q-graders to select top 10 coffees from the 67 samples provided by[…]

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Consultation process begins for new coffee industry plan

The Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) has started a consultation process for a new Industry Strategic Plan for the next 10 years. The first visioning workshop was held at the Steak House in Goroka on August 2-3, 2018 for this purpose. Chief executive officer Charles Dambui said the industry regulating agency is employing a consultative process to ensure the final documentation is representative of all parties including growers the main stakeholders in the value chain. “We want to be realistic in[…]

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Coffee Industry to adopt holistic management of CBB pest

THE Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) ishere to stay and the challenge is how best we manage the pest and learn to live with it, says an international CBB expert. Dr Juan F. Barrera (PhD) is engaged to provide advice, on CBB, to Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) and the National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority (Naqia). While sharing his preliminary findings on CBB with CIC and Naqia staff last week in Goroka, he said, the management approach should be holistic, focusing[…]

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CIC’s regional coffee cupping comp attracts new growers

THE Coffee Industry Corporation’s (CIC) Cupping Competition which commenced last Friday has attracted high interest among new grower groups across the country. This year’s regional contest was held in Goroka, attracting 110 grower groups from 10 provinces. Eastern Highlands being the hub of coffee industry has 37 groups followed by Morobe with 28 and Jiwaka with 17. The six-day regional contest is expected to end today and has attracted many first time participants from provinces like Eastern Highlands, Simbu, Morobe,[…]

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CIC conducts first green bean standard training for stakeholders

The Coffee Industry Corporation has recently conducted its first Green Bean Coffee Standard Stakeholder Participatory workshop in Lae which attracted many industry participants like exporters and processors. The workshop was held at the Lae International Hotel on July 30 to August 2, 2018. Senior Quality Control Officer for CIC Rose Romalus facilitated the meeting attended by 26 coffee experts in Morobe Province. They represented mainly exporters, processors and organized groups involve in third party exports. Ms Romalus said purpose of[…]

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COFFEE SAMPLES READY FOR CUPPING COMPETITION

Coffee samples for the 2018 National Coffee Cupping Competition are starting to reach CIC’s warehouse in Goroka. This is in preparation for the regional competition which is anticipated to be held in a week’s time in Eastern Highlands Province. Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) General Manager Steven Tumae confirmed that so far they have received 108 samples at the warehouse and it reaffirms the reason for holding a competition this year. “From this lot, we will be having a regional competition[…]

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A new breath of air for Simbai coffee

A new coffee storage shed at Simbai Station has brought a new breath of air for thousands of simple coffee growers in Middle Ramu District, particularly Simbai and Kovon LLG. The permanent storage facility has a 2,000 bags (50kg) capacity and is the modern building in this remote station accessible by small aircrafts only from Mission Aviation Fellowship, Adventist Aviation Services, Heli Lift PNG and Central Aviation. It was a simple and practical solution to bring coffee out from the[…]

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COFFEE MOA TO ADDRESS MARKET ACCESS FOR TAPINI

Goilala District is the 6th district to enter on a partnership deal with the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) to revive coffee extension in the area. The district used to be the top coffee producer in the Southern Region up until the decline of government services in the area in recent years. It has three LLGs; Tapini, which is accessible by both air and land transport and Guari and Woitape only accessible by air. The signing of the coffee Memorandum of[…]

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