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living Port Moresby on a plate “(People who appreciate) specialty coffee do their homework in regard to all the scientific processes involved in how to make coffee better, all the way from roasting through to the barista. What we are trying to do is follow that in PNG as well – people are now starting to realise. “Traditionally, the hotels and other places would have coffee and there are a few other outlets as well. But they weren’t really focused on what they were doing because they are doing so many other things. We have come along with a business that is specifically focused on coffee. For that reason people are starting to gravitate to us. “Also, the other hotels are having to do something better now because there are options out there, whereas before there were no options. We started off with just a little

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hole in the wall and we have continued to expand.” The owners of the proposed Harbourside restaurants, although mostly not Papua New Guineans, nevertheless have long experience in the country, says Potter. “Asian Aromas is a Chinese company that has been here for 25 years. Tandoor is an Indian group; some of their directors have been here a long time. “The Italian restaurant, they are new but they are in partnership with a Michelin star Italian chef who has restaurants in the Philippines – the pastas are all hand made. Graham Osborne has been here for a lot of years. They are all people who have been in business for a long time.” Chue says he has just hired his 100th Papua New Guinean, but acknowledges there is quite a process to train staff

Paradise: the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, July/August 2016  

The July/August 2016 Issue (Vol 4, 2016) of 'Paradise' magazine, the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Gu...

Paradise: the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, July/August 2016  

The July/August 2016 Issue (Vol 4, 2016) of 'Paradise' magazine, the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Gu...