A sweet deal for PNG coffee growers

Location: Bena. Photos by Mike Webb.

A new way to remove a sticky layer from around pre-processed coffee beans is helping farmers in Papua New Guinea (PNG) produce and sell high-quality coffee.

Coffee production is the primary source of household income for many highlands communities, but production and quality have decreased over recent years partly due to a lack of post-harvesting knowledge.

An ACIAR-funded project run through Curtin University is introducing technology to help coffee growers process their harvest with ease, producing better quality and more valuable coffee in the process.