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New Guinea Highlands

25 Review(s)

Item No. NGN-M

Available: Peet's Store

Flavor Notes

Rich and mellow, yet aromatically complex. Full-bodied with broad flavors.

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About this coffee


Coffee Story

Travel just north of Australia and you'll reach the second-largest island on the planet, New Guinea. Blessed with rich volcanic soils and perhaps the most ideal climate for growing coffee, the island is divided evenly between two territories — the Indonesian province of Irian Jaya on the west and the country of Papua New Guinea, where this coffee comes from, on the east.

The beans in this Peet's favorite were originally imported from Jamaica's Blue Mountain region in 1937, bringing with them the dawn of coffee cultivation in Papua New Guinea. Indo-Pacific conditions proved immensely favorable to Jamaican coffee, producing a complete, complex cup that recalls the old Blue Mountain style, before the influx of high-yield, less flavorful varietals. We think its broad, mellow flavors, aromatic complexity, and full body make it one of the world's absolute best.

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  • Lisa V , drinking Peet's since n/a 3/27/16

Smooth, rich and delicious! While visiting friends in Vancouver, WA we stopped in a Peet's cafe. The barista strongly recommended New Guinea Highlands, since I was a fan of JR Blend, but did not like the high spend for this coffee. As other reviewers have stated, the low acidity and rich body of this coffee is unsurpassed. Yes it is very similar to Jamaican Blue Mountian, however missing a key component, no rich chocolate notes. Still, for the cost differential, this is a great buy and is now one of my favorite Peet's offerings. Am going to experiment and blend these beans with other coffee varieties to see if I can add the chocolate notes. Brewing notes: I brew at 200 deg F using a French Press. 7 tbsp freshly ground coffee, to 18oz water and let stand for 4 minutes prior to pressing and enjoying.

  • Robert Gemerek , drinking Peet's since 2007 6/25/13
  • Blasdell, NY

Very good coffee, I still think JBM is a better quality coffee overall, but this has the same low, well balanced acidity/bitterness that JBM is known for but also has unique, sort of herbal like flavors that are unique to this coffee.

  • Lauren 11/16/11
  • Los Angeles, CA

After reading the reviews on New Guinea Highlands here on the Peets website, I started craving a cup of really good coffee, so I left work early and headed to Peet's. I ordered a cup of New Guinea Highlands made with a French Press, and. . . Yep! Best cup of coffee I've ever had at Peet's. It had plenty of flavor, but wasn't so strong that it hit me over the head, made me feel like I'd just O.D.'d, or left a bitter coffee carpet on my tongue (which is what usually happens with me). In fact, this was the first time I was able to drink the entire cup and enjoy the last sip as much as the first. I loved the balance of this coffee, but found it more interesting and nuanced than the Jamaica Blue Mountain.

  • Maria Furlano , drinking Peet's since 2006 8/25/11
  • Coronado, CA

I just opened my freshly roasted whole bean New Guinea Highlands coffee, used my french is delicious!!! I must say this is one of the BEST cups of coffee I have ever had! It is so smooth, and has such great body to it that I don't need to add any sugar. I love the lower acidity and I just can't believe it has taken me so long to find it! Thank you Peet's.

  • Sarah 5/7/10
  • Hill Country, TX

I''ve been drinking Peet's coffee for ? 10 years?... more?? First Major Dick, Guatemala, Arabian, and now focusing on the Pacific where I''d like to stay! The New Guinea Highlands is an impressive coffee. It''s delicious and interesting and addictive. Wicked good! I brew it in a presspot with filtered water just off the boil, then let it sit for 10-15 minutes. The result -- a full-flavored brew that, like a really good book, grabs and doesn't let go!

  • Louis , drinking Peet's since 1999 10/4/09
  • San Jose, CA

I have been making my way through all of the coffees available at Peet's over the past year (all are great) and I finally reached New Guinea Highlands. As with these other great reviews, I won't repeat the obvious. All I will say is WOW!!! I believe that this is one of the best all around blends offered. Definately give this one a try!!!

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  • Natalie Sigala , drinking Peet's since 2000 6/23/08
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Emeryville
  • Emeryville, CA

This is a sister coffee plant from the Blue Jamaica Highland and this coffee replicates a similar smooth and mellow vibe of the Blue and even has a similar texture to a Kona. Very light in texture, flavorful but not too acidic or bold this easy drinking coffee is a great middle of the road coffee - able to please coffee drinkers from any coffee region...

  • Deanna Drapal 6/30/05
  • Shift Lead
  • Hastings Ranch, Pasadena, CA
  • Hastings Ranch Pasadena, CA

New Guinea is a nice mellow, medium body coffee with a bit of earthy undertones that can be enjoyed hot or cold any time of day.

  • Jenna Crockett 6/30/05
  • Barista
  • Lone Tree, Brentwood, CA
  • Lone Tree Brentwood, CA

New Guinea has sweet and nutty flavors with a little hint of cocoa.

  • Melissa West 1/13/05
  • Webmaster
  • Emeryville, Roasting Plant, CA
  • Emeryville, CA

New Guinea is one of my favorite coffees. With a natural balance between fullness of body and brightness of taste, it's good any time of day or night.

  • Connie Reyes 6/23/03
  • Call Center Rep
  • Roasting Plant, Emeryville
  • Roasting Plant, CA

I find this coffee very herbal, spicy, slightly floral, and almost soupy - like a warm meal.

  • Jeremy Schnitt 8/12/02
  • Peetnik
  • Davis
  • Davis, CA

Smooth, rich, nutty and spicy.

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