Ringed by dark blue mountains, Kigabah Estate (AKA Kigabah East Plantation) is located at the bottom of the slopes of the Kigabah Hills, situated directly in the centre of the Waghi Valley in the Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. Kigabah Estate is once more a productive resource for its ancestral people, the Wagabi Tribe.
The Plantation consists of 235 acres of Arusha and Bourbon varieties of coffee planted on what is recognized as some of the most fertile land in PNG – the topsoil is a beautiful black loamy peat and is over a meter deep in some areas.
The method of care of the Plantation is purposefully labour intensive to avoid the use of pesticides and weedicides to ensure that the coffee is untainted with chemicals, and the least amount of damage is done to the environment. Kigabah has assisted in the building of classrooms and teacher’s accommodation at three community schools, assisted in the building of a gravity fed water supply to a village community of over 1,000 people, and built a bridge.
• Instead of employing the “bare earth” method, where all undergrowth is sprayed and removed, Pinto Peanut has been inter-planted into the undergrowth to restore soil nutrients. The Pinto Peanut is controlled by being slashed, which in turn, releases nitrogen back into the system.
• The trees are ring-weeded, allowing the soil to be aired, and facilitating the careful application of inputs, to prevent the excess leaching into the environment, ensuring it goes where it needs, into the trees!
• Retaining the undergrowth protects the composition of the soil through the prevention of excessive leaching of nutrients, and during heavy rains, has alleviated soil erosion. Grade : A/X Elevation : 1,500-1,600m Processing Method : Fully Washed, Sun-dried Varietal : Bourbon, Arusha