PAPUADAILY –One of the most wanted commodities during the National Sports Week or PON XX Papua 2021 is coffee. Besides being able to be directly enjoyed, Papuan coffee can be used as souvenirs. One of them is coffee from Kiwirok District. Why is the taste of Kiwirok coffee so special and so “cup of excellent”?
Researcher from the Papua Archaeological Center, Hari Suroto, said that one of the most wanted Papuan coffees by specialty coffee connoisseurs is Kiwirok coffee. “Papua is indeed the best Arabica coffee-producing area,” said Hari Suroto, as quoted by Tempo.co.
People generally grow Arabica coffee in the central mountains of Papua at an altitude of 1,500 to 2,000 meters above sea level or mdpl.
Kiwirok coffee is arabica coffee originating from the Kiwirok District, Bintang Mountains Regency, Papua. Hari Suroto explained that the Kiwirok area is hilly with a slope of 45 to 49 degrees. At this altitude, the air temperature is very cold around 18 to 23 degrees Celsius, foggy, and the intensity of sunlight is less.
This natural condition makes Kiwirok coffee special. Kiwirok coffee is included in the “cup of excellent” because it has a unique taste that is rarely found in other Arabica coffees. Kiwirok coffee has citrus, berry, fruity, sweet potatoes, sugar cane, and peach flavors.
Hari Suroto said that the variety in taste of Kiwirok coffee is because it is grown in an intercropping way with sweet potatoes. “That’s because the sweet sweet potato taste becomes a bit dominant,” he said.
The Kiwirok community grows coffee organically. The process of harvesting and processing coffee does not use machines. “All processes are manual by hand,” he said.
To reach Kiwirok District, the public and tourists must take a small twin otter plane. Kiwirok airport has a runway length of 600 x 18 meters, with flights once a week.
Flights using small planes which are only once a week are also often stopped due to security problems. This condition has an impact on the delivery of coffee from the Ngalum Tribe farmers in the Kiwirok District to Sentani, Jayapura.**