Bebes Sero

Bebes Sero purchased his coffee plantation and wet mill 12 years ago, however it was originally planted in the 1960’s. Stumptown’s relationship with Bebes Sero is a fresh one, and we’re super excited to offer his coffee for the third year in a row.

Partnered with Stumptown:

Eastern Highlands Province

Varieties:

Typica, Bourbon, Arusha, and Mundo Novo

On our menu:

Papua New Guinea Besser

Location:

Eastern Highlands Province

Elevation:

1650 meters

The Producer

Before purchasing his coffee plantation and wet mill 12 years ago, Bebes Sero was a store owner in the town of Kainantu. Bebes' farm was planted in the early 60's, making his collection of mostly Typica roughly 60 years old. Many of the facilities and his operations are what he adopted from the previous owner.

In addition to coffee from his own plantation, Bebes also processes cherry from two other farmers in this part of the highlands. These other partners have similar varietals at similar altitude. The name of his company is a combination of his first and last name.

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The Place

Bebes’ plantation and wet mill is settled within the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea near the town of Kainantu. Bebes grows mostly Typica on his 38 hectare farm.

While there is a lot of shade cover on Bebes' farm, these trees are not fertilized or renovated and allowed to grow freely. Something unique to Bebes' farm are the gullies he has dug between rows to manage rain run off. Walking through these low channels in the farm with the full, twisting branches overhead, the height and size of these mature trees is even more dramatic.

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The Process

This will be the second year Bebes has experimented with raised bed drying. Traditionally coffee is dried on long tarps, and still the majority of his production is done this way. Bebes made the structure of the new beds out of steel, they are fairly narrow and they each have their own plastic covering. Drying this way is not totally foreign to Bebes, and he remembers seeing his family dry coffee on raised woven mats made out of bamboo when he was a child. He is currently working on an additional covered greenhouse to expand this kind of drying space.

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