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Old 12-07-2003, 12:11 PM
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PNG’s coffee machine “genius” by James Kila

WOULDN’T it be nice to know and realize that PNG has the capability to locally produce coffee machines/equipment?

This has been the approach and vision taken by a Filipino, who has lived and worked most of his life in PNG.

The person has been described as a “genius” in his trade many he has worked for in the coffee industry in the country.

Despite his small stature, Mr Nazario “Jack R Jakosalem has constructed huge buildings and handled equipment much bigger than his size. Interestingly, the person has been converting scrap metal and other discarded metal parts of vehicles and other machines to build something useful.

Normally referred to as Jack, his company JSI Engineering has already gained confidence of distinguish clients in the coffee industry in PNG.

Jack established the company in 1996 after 27-years of working residence in PNG. For the last 24-years he has worked with different coffee factories in varying capacities specializing in managing.

The company was established after identifying some of PNG’s draw-backs in the coffee industry. Some of these are:

Lack of locally fabricated coffee machines which are reasonably priced and after sales services that is affordable by the local farmers whose plantation and blocks are the backbone of PNG’s coffee exports.

“Every coffee grower knows that their coffee beans can not wait for another day when its time to be picked and pulped. Delay in pulping of these precious cherry would cause rotting and therefore a big loss of earning for the small farmer, “ Jack stated.

“Local dry factory owners are also finding it hard to import coffee machines and equipment as well as availability of much needed spare parts when their machines break down. This is due to the fact that importation takes much time for the parts to arrive.

Apart from this, US dollar allocation is sometimes hard to get due to the Kina fluctuation in the market. This process is also a big drain on PNG’s dollar reserves forcing the Kina to devaluate causing chaos in the coffee prices,” he stated.

Mr Nazario “Jack R Jakosalem works on a new coffee distoner at his Goroka workshop :
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Old 12-07-2003, 12:14 PM
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He highlighted quality of coffee being exported by PNG is slowly going down through the years. This is due to the fact that big plantations are having trouble with landowners, hence, no new plantations are coming up. Investment in this areas is practically on a standstill. Therefore, there is a need to develop or tap the small block holders to improve the quality of their coffee.

This can only be done if people from the village are provided with the proper tools and training starting from picking of cherries to fermenting the parchment up to the proper drying of the parchment beans.

“The secret in good quality coffee is in the wet factory. If all small block holders can be provided with small or portable wet processing plants coupled with the right knowledge in this matter, then most of the coffee sold at the roadsides could be processed into good quality Green Beans.

Another area highlighted by Mr Jack is lack of manpower expertise in the agro-industrial sector.

This situation creates unemployment vacuum in this area most especially graduates from the vocational training centres.

It is therefore JSI Engineering’s aim to provide employment opportunities and the necessary training for nationals who are interested to further their knowledge in this specialized field.

These are some of the most important reasons why JSI Engineering was created to be able to serve PNG coffee industry and the nation as a whole.

For the last 24-years, Jack has worked with different companies in varying capacities specializing in managing, maintaining and repairs of coffee factories in the Highlands line Warren Coffee & Tea Plantations, Namalu Coffee, Buso Coffee and others. He has maintained, repaired and fabricated some of their coffee machines and equipment such as coffee elevators, catadors, de-stoners, bean polishers, densimetric tables. The work also included design and construction of wet and dry factories.

Testimony to his ingenuity are wet factories designed and built by him using sheet metals, a first in Papua New Guinea.

JSI Engineering is now fabricating coffee elevators, densimetric tables, coffee huller/polishers and other coffee related machines and equipment, making these expensive and imported available and affordable locally.

The company is helping PNG save on US Dollar reserves by reducing product importation. Thus, JSI Engineering was born, in response to the needs of the coffee industry with the noble aim of providing competent, reasonable and efficient services to PNG’s coffee industry.

Although, only about four years in the business, JSI Engineering has already stamped its mark and gained confidence of some distinguished clients in the coffee industry in PNG namely: Nowek Pty Ltd in Goroka, New Guinea Coffee, Tea and Spice in Lae, Namalu Coffee in Goroka, Kongo Coffee Ltd in Chuave, Kundiawa, Kainantu Development Authority In Kainantu, Koiari Development Authority, Oro Coffee Mill in Northern province, Kami Plantation in Lufa, Eastern Highlands, Hungguko Coffee at Asaro, Eastern Highlands and Ainora Develoment Corporation.

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Hello, Thanks for your article
i am starting up a coffee farm in Tonga and am looking for a coffee pulper and or any other machinery needed too. No one in PNG seems to have a www site to sell coffee processing machines

If you have any info pls let me know (www or e mail) if you dont mind...
Thank you. (Semisi) James from Tonga...
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