Simbai Balus Kopi (Simbai Airplane Coffee) comes from the Simbai area, just over the Bismarck Range bordering the Western Highlands Province and Sepik Province. Volcafe PNG Exports services over 4000 farmers in this isolated region through four airstrips.
Since all coffee from Simbai is transported via plane, getting Simbai Balus Kopi is not easy. In order to access the supply chain Simbai, farmers must bring their coffee to an airstrip; some farmers have a day’s journey from their farm to the airfields. At the airfields, the parchment is weighed, recorded, and stored in sheds (which were built by Volcafe PNG). The coffee is then transported to Mt Hagen where it gains access to our global supply chain.
Due to its density, we roast this coffee more deeply than most of our Black Label coffees, producing a rich, luxurious cup full of notes of dark chocolate, molasses, black plum, and toasty walnuts.