Missed It By This Much: PNG PSC AA
Background: It's amazing how an interest in coffee can bring together people from all kinds of places. At the beginning of last year, Corey from Epic Espresso was at his previous cafe, Core Espresso. He was kind enough to take in this barista for a few shifts so that I could extend my trip to Perth for a conference. Not only that, but we went and visited the gang at Five Senses, who were great hosts, firing up their linea and bringing on a slew of different single origins. The standout, by far, was their exclusive PNG PSC AA. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and I was thrilled to receive a few bags of it in the mail not too long ago. Thanks, guys!
But I'm not the only person who this coffee has brought together. Dean, the major-domo of the company, has established a direct-trade relationship with the growers of his PNG coffees. Without getting too technical, PSC stands for "premium small holder crop" and seems to be a designation used to rip off growers without too much trading power. Dean circumvented all of the BS and cut out the middle-man to ensure a better deal for all involved. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that he gets the "AA" grade ... the best part of the crop ...
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