Far North Queensland, Byron Bay hinterland
Northern Rivers NSW/SE Queensland: Sept-Nov. Far North Queensland: May - July
Australia began growing coffee in 1880 and for a short time was actually self sufficient before farmers turned to sugar cane production in the 1920's. The industry re-started in the 1980's and is gaining worldwide reputation in the speciality sector.
Coffee today in best known from the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales and the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland. Extensive work by a number of government and agricultural bodies has meant the development of hybrids such K7 and SL6 specifically for the Australian environment
NSW is uniquely subtropical with a cooler microclimate which allows the cherries a longer ripening period, usually 10-11 months. The longer the ripening time, the better the flavour. The rich volcanic soils in NSW and SE Queensland play a significant part in the sweet, chocolate notes in the coffees.
- Area7,704,000 sq. km.
ProductionUp to 600 tonnes
- Coffee Producing
AreaNorthern New South Wales, South East Queensland
RegionsFar North Queensland, Byron Bay hinterland
- Coffee VarietalsTypica, Mundo Novo, Bourbon, K7, SL6
- TerrainLow plateau, fertile plains in southeast and desert areas
- Altitude200 - 400 MASL, some areas up to 900 MASL
- ProcessingNatural, Honey, Fully washed
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