Coffee capsules a ‘win-win situation’ for local industry

Coffee is recognised as one of Papua New Guinea’s most important commodities. So it was only a matter of time before locally manufactured ‘Nespresso compatible’ coffee capsules entered the PNG market. Business Advantage PNG talks to Cool Stuf, the company behind PNG’s first locally manufactured coffee capsules.

Coffee farmers plan to capitalise on global demand for Papua New Guinea Arabica

Coffee farmers in the Papua New Guinea’s Western Highlands and Jiwaka provinces are planning to capitalise on the growing global demand for sustainable Arabica coffee. With the help of a young entrepreneur who grew up on plantations in the region, they have an ambitious plan to double annual production within two years.

Brewing new investment in Papua New Guinea ‘wild coffee’

While most of Papua New Guinea’s coffee crop is sold in bulk to Europe’s major coffee giants, Paul Howell discovers one American businessman trying to offer the country’s coffee growers an altogether different, ‘aerial’ route to the US market.

In brief: Purari River gets PM’s backing and other stories

Among our stories this week: the PM backs Purari River, National Roads Authority chief outlines Papua New Guinea’s roads challenge and a new INA report outlines impediments for the private sector.

Around the world: PNG-based diplomat withdraws from election race and other international stories

An Australian diplomat in PNG nominates and then withdraws from the race to replace former PM Julia Gillard, while raw coffee prices fall as consumption flatlines.

Entrepreneurs: Duffy’s Travers Chue on coffee and fashion

At age 29, Travers Chue is an enthusiastic backer of Papua New Guinea’s fledgling café society. But as Rod Myer reports, his family’s entrepreneurial flair is also seeing the business expand.

How climate change will affect Papua New Guinea

Bob Hansen, MD of major agribusiness Mainland Holdings, considers the threats and opportunities to Papua New Guinea from climate change.

Entrepreneurs: Jerry Kapka of Kongo Coffee Ltd

When Jerry Kapka began his working life as a teacher, he never anticipated one day he would own one of Papua New Guinea’s leading coffee companies.

Coffee: a major PNG export

Coffee is one of Papua New Guinea’s major agricultural commodities, with exports worth 927 million kina (US$433 million) in 2011—a huge increase on 2010. Two varieties are grown: robusta in the coastal areas and arabica in the Highlands. There are approximately 64,000 hectares under coffee across 14 of PNG’s provinces, most managed by smallholders. It […]

A season of healthy growth

Farming expertise, rich soil and high rainfall are behind Papua New Guinea’s organic strength. Agriculture accounted for more than 30% of Papua New Guinea’s GDP in 2011, according to World Bank figures. The sector expanded at a moderate pace in 2011, with many cash crops responding to high international prices. PNG’s most valuable cash crops—oil […]