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Bunum Wo Peaberry

Bunum Wo from Papua New Guinea is elevating the standards of quality and consistency to new heights. This exceptional peaberry coffee undergoes a unique triple fermentation process spanning three days. Each 24-hour cycle involves breaking the fermentation with a wash, followed by a 24-hour soak and sun drying. The result is a remarkable flavor profile featuring rich chocolate, vibrant citrus sweetness, and subtle mulled spice notes. We’re thrilled to bring back Bunum Wo for a second consecutive year, and this harvest is tasting better than ever!

This coffee has some incredibly complex and interesting spice flavors over a chocolatey base. Use a filter method like V60 or Chemex to experience more of the sparkling citrus aspects of this coffee, or brew with a French Press or other immersion method for a surprisingly clean chocolate and orange-forward cup.

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Sustainability Benchmarks

The following coffee benchmarks have been collected with the help of our importing partners and farmers. Firelight Coffee uses this information to understand and verify the sustainability of each coffee prior to purchase. All information was freely shared by our importing partners and/or the coffee farmer or producer. Sustainability scores were determined by Firelight Coffee based on an evolving set of internal scoring methods and are subject to change. Click to expand each section below the graph for more details.

Organic Farming
Is the coffee certified organic? No No
Has soil analysis been done to determine the optimal fertilizer need? No No
Is the appropriate amount of fertilizer used on the farm? Yes (no fertilizer is currently used) Yes (currently none)
Has the use of most synthetic fertilizer been reduced on the farm? Yes (no fertilizer is currently used) Yes
Has the amount of herbicides, specifically Glyphosat, and pesticides been reduced to no more than once per year? Yes Yes
Is any water treatment done for the water used to process the coffee? Unknown Not sure, but believe this is the case
Regenerative Farming
Does the farm have at least 30 shade trees per hectare? Yes Yes
Does the farm have at least 50 shade trees of 3+ types per hectare? No No
Is there adequate soil coverage on the farm to promote soil protection? Yes Yes
Has irrigation been limited, only being done on top of covered soil? No No
Has the use of Chloride been limited? Yes Yes
Has the use of Chloride been stopped completely? No No
Is there increasing biodiversity in plant and animal life on the farm? Explain Yes, the biodiversity on the estate has been maintained. Among other animal life, the estate provides a natural habitat for over 90 species of birds. The biodiversity on the estate has been maintained. Among other animal life, the estate provides a natural habitat for over 90 species of birds
Is there succession based biomass present on the farm (e.g. grass cover crops, pioneer trees, climax trees)? Yes. The farmer endeavors to control weeds, not eradicate them. One of the species of shade trees that they use is Albizia – this is a native species which birds prefer compared to Casuarina, which is the other species of shade trees on the estate. Pinto Peanut is also used as a cover crop in replanting areas. Yes. The estate only endeavors to control weeds, not eradicate them.
One of the species of shade trees that they use is Albizia – this is a native species which birds prefer, in comparison to Casuarina, which is the other species of shade trees on the estate.
Pinto Peanut is used as a cover crop in replanting areas.
Are all defensive and fertilizing inputs used natural and regenerative? For the most part, commercially available defensive inputs are largely unused in the last 4 years. Existing uses are limited and only used on spot spray basis. Other defensive inputs are natural. Explained above, commercially available defensive inputs are largely unused in the last 4 years. Existing uses are limited and only used on spot spray basis…CBB defensive inputs are natural.
Is waste properly disposed of on the farm? Unknown
Does the importer have a plan to seek increased environmental efforts at the farm level? Yes. The importer believes the farm is on the right track and focused on maintenance, but would like to see additional efforts made in future years with clear, actionable steps laid out. The farm is on the right track and focused on maintenance, would like to see additional efforts made in future years, demonstrable actions steps
Environmentally Conscious Transport
How far was this coffee transported via container ship? 8900mi 8900mi
How far was this coffee transported via land/truck? 260mi at origin, 830mi to the US – total 1090mi 260 origin, 830 US – total 1090
Buying Strategy
Is the coffee price set according to the C-Market? Not directly, but the importer take the production cost into account while utilizing the C-Market as a hedging tool.
Does the importer pay producers directly or through a cooperative or other third party? Directly
What is the FOB Price? $2.94
Fair Price for Labor
Is the FOB price in line with the Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide? Yes
Does farmgate (amount paid to the farmer) cover the cost of production? Yes
Does farmgate provide a living wage above cost of production? Yes
Working Conditions
Is the farm fair trade certified? No
Do you have an assessment of the risk of child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in your region? Yes, they are HACCP certified an undergo annual audits for workplace safety.
Do you have an assessment of the risks of discrimination, workplace violence and harassment, including sexual and gender-based violence in your region? Yes, women are given indoor jobs to mitigate safety risk in open fields.
Do you have policies and procedures in place for identifying, mitigating, preventing, monitoring and remediating child labour, forced labour, human trafficking, discrimination and workplace violence and harassment, including sexual and gender-based violence? The farm is in compliance with all local and state laws and they undergo annual audits and inspections from local authorities and HACCP to ensure compliance with all laws and regulations.
Philanthropy
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to increase gender equity in this growing region? Yes, they are exploring gender equity additions to the school curriculum and a work skills program geared towards women.
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to increase local education opportunities? Yes, they help support 6 free elementary schools run by their producer-partners.
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to alleviate extreme poverty in the region? Yes, they support free housing, a medical post, and elementary schools for all pickers.
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to increase access to sustainable energy? No
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to build, maintain, or increase access to local infrastructure? Yes, building out local access roads is an ongoing project of our producer-partners.
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to increase access to clean water and/or nutritious food? Yes, they have funded and installed 6 water tanks.
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to support the local economy through job creation &/or infrastructure maintenance? Yes, they are a main employer in the region and are exploring a program to teach sewing skills to regional women with a follow up program to help them find work.

Additional Info

  • Origin: Papua New Guinea
  • Region: Jiwaka Province
  • Community: Mt. Hagen
  • Farmer/Producer: Carpenter Estates
  • Farm Name: Bunum Wo Estates
  • Process: Washed
  • Elevation: 1600 MASL
  • Variety: Typica Peaberry
  • Tasting Notes: Chocolate, mulling spices, dried fruit, citrus, mandarin orange, lime zest
  • Harvest Year: 2023
  • Fermentation Info: Triple fermented over three days, broken every 24 hours with a wash then a 24 hour soak.
  • Washing Station: Bunum Wo Washing Station
  • Water Density/Moisture Content: 11.2%
  • Farm size in hectares: 357
  • Shipping Cost: $0.43/lb (not including storage)
  • Importing Partner: Benchmark Coffee Traders
  • Sustainability Efforts: Shade grown, sun-dried. Wet pulper is Pinhalense water saving pulper. Free housing for picker, free elementary schools for community children, water tank installations, community access roads. All of these contribute to sustainability for the producing community.
  • Partnership length with Firelight Coffee: 2 years
  • Brewing method recommendation: Pourover, Chemex, Drip, Aeropress
  • Origin Cupping Score: 85.5
  • Firelight Cupping Score: 84

 

From our importing partner, Vikram Patel at Benchmark Coffee Traders:

The idea of more rigorous processing, focusing on better drying and more sorting, came out of my communication with our roaster-partners. It became apparent that these were two areas to focus on that are manageable to improve and directly affect cup quality. Because of the relationship and on-site milling, we were able to request this additional processing and provide a higher quality coffee to our partners. After some time, I decided that putting a name on our additional processing was also a good idea just from a marketing and differentiation standpoint.

Read our full interview with Vikram on the blog for more in-depth info on this special coffee!

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