The Baroida Plantation, located in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, was founded by Ben Colbran in the 1960’s. Ben first purchased the land from a native man named Taro & they were amongst the first people to cultivate crops in these valleys. In 1965, the government encouraged the early settlers to start growing coffee as a long term sustainable crop. Ben, with the Baroida Plantation, started to plant coffee trees, becoming one of the first coffee producers and exporters of the Eastern Highlands.
Like the spirit of Baroida, the Colbran Family is now in its third generation, with Ben’s son Nickel and grandson Chris running not only the Baroida plantation, but sourcing coffee from throughout a vast supply chain network of both estate and smallholder growers around them. The Baroida plantation sits at the apex of the Lamari River Valley and Mount Jabarra range. The plantation itself sits at about 5,550 ft above sea level, amongst thousands of hectares of cleared land with former colonial coffee estates surrounding them (now run by native landowners) and flanked by mountains (up to 7,500ft) filled with small holder coffee producers. After some 50 years working with the estate and smallholder producers of this region; providing extension & agronomy services in the early years and more recently by building roads, bridges, schools and runways, the people of the Lamari Valley have built an enormous respect for the Colbran family as well as finding well needed markets for their coffee.
For the past 20 years, Colbrans served as collectors and agents for large multinational traders and ensured a consistent supply of direct trade super high quality coffees that was (and still is) highly sought after.
Baroida Estate Coffee Baroida sits at about 5500-6000 feet above sea level; it is a 220 hectare plantation with close to a million trees. It is one of the last true single estate plantation coffees in PNG, and is certainly the only one owned and run by expats.
The varietals are predominantly bourbon & typica, but more importantly, there are 26 plots (all GPS mapped with exact tree varietals for each plot), and each day’s production is traced, so you know exactly where on the plantation the coffee is sourced from.
Baroida produces about 200 tons of export quality coffee each season; this is without question one of the finest and most unique single estate coffee you will get in PNG. The cup is clean & fresh, with a medium body, apple-like acidity, intense rich caramel sweetness, but it’s the amazing balance that sets this coffee apart.
Shipping Policy: Your order is important to us and we pack and ship as quickly as possible. Orders are usually processed and shipped 2 days per week (shipping days vary based on staff availability). All orders except gift cards are shipped via FedEx Ground. Gift Cards are shipped via the US Postal Service. Single origin coffees may take a few extra days because they are roasted to order.