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    Greetings australian coffee world,

    I am searching for certified organic coffee that is grown in Australia and have had no luck searching this forum or on the internet for several hours today.

    Anyone know of some?

    Thanks for the help.

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    Re: Australian grown organic certified coffee

    Jacques coffee on the Atherton Tableland. I am sure however that at least one of the sponsors have it.

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    • #3
      Re: Australian grown organic certified coffee

      Greetings lotta,

      You could check out Mount Tamborine coffee plantation - hes only a small operation, but grows organic coffee. (Great for a visit if ever youre on the gold coast.)

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        Is it OK if it isnt fair trade certified shade grown dolphin friendly? ;P

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by 21382E2C4D0 link=1234501326/3#3 date=1234577068
          Is it OK if it isnt fair trade certified shade grown dolphin friendly? ;P
          ;D

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          • #6
            Re: Australian grown organic certified coffee

            Hi lottajava,
            try the following, although mid-September hail & unusually high wind storms reduced the crop significantly last year, making parchment/green bean of any description hard to get at the moment:

            Hal Sherlock at Hightrees Coffee <hightrees@bigpond.com>
            Russell Bonney,  <brin.coffee.com>
            Cath Ford, <caford@hotmail.com>

            Good luck,

            Paul McLisky,
            Secretary, Australian Sub-Tropical Coffee Association (ASTCA)

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            • #7
              Re: Australian grown organic certified coffee

              Are any of those certified organic or just grown using best case organic type practice?

              As far as I can tell "organic" is often blurry locally.

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              • #8
                Re: Australian grown organic certified coffee

                All certified organic. Can also try Rosaire and Hilda Brulotte from Koonorigan near Lismore <hbrulotte@tadus.org.au> , they are not certified but dont spray and have a magnificent looking plantation.

                Paul,
                Secretary, ASTCA

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                • #9
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                  RE the "Bluriness" of Organic coffee:

                  Yes, lets not confuse "organic" with "Certified Organic". If a product is not certified by an accredited body the claim of "organic" really means nothing, and one suspects is deliberately included to deceive, buyer beware! While there is a lot more involved with Organic Certification than just the absence of pesticides, perhaps as a grower I could comment generally on pesticide use.

                  We are fortunate in the sub-tropical areas of Australia not to have many of the organisms (both insect and microbiological) that create the need for the heavy pesticide use observed overseas, particularly in relation to coffee leaf rust, which is endemic in all coffee growing countries except Hawaii and Australia (this is why it is imperative not to bring untreated fresh green bean or parchment into the country, but more of that another time). Almost all of the spraying that is routinely carried out is to do with controlling weeds, in particular the invasive kikuyu grass, introduced early last century as fodder for cattle, which will climb the trees and eventually smother them. In more mature plantations the kikuyu, being shade intolerant, can be controlled mechanically by slashing/mowing, but in the early stages of plantation establishment when the trees are young it is extremely difficult to control within a Certified Organic framework without intensive labour input. Coffee having an extensive surface root system cultivating around the trees is not an option. The only other issue we have experienced is outbreaks of fungal disease (phytophera, fusarium etc.) but they are relatively minor and with some foresight can be contained with organically approved measures. So the main barrier to Organic production from a pesticide use perspective is the use of glyphosate ("Roundup") on the pest organisms (not the coffee trees), which if you believe the manufacturers is quickly degraded in the soil and non-residual (a claim contested by some parties). There have been Organically Certified herbicides marketed, but in my experience they will not control kikuyu cost effectively, if at all (but can be effective on other weeds, particularly when young). Nonetheless, we believe All Australian grown coffee has "clean and green" credentials, particularly when compared to almost all imported bean. The Australian Sub-Tropical Coffee Association is promoting Integrated Pest Management and minimal pesticide use. With this in mind any support roasters, wholesalers, distributors and retailers can give in promoting locally grown coffee will help with the on-going establishment of the industry. Perhaps next harvest (September-Octoberish) growers on the Northern Rivers region of NSW could invite interested industry stakeholders for a weekend of plantation visits & other related activities to experience first hand the management of coffee farms, harvesting and processing etc. and meet the growers. Any feedback would be welcome.

                  Paul McLisky,
                  Secretary, ASTCA

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                  • #10
                    Re: Australian grown organic certified coffee

                    ....but like the saying goes,Its what in the cup that counts. Doesnt matter how Organic it is if the taste profile is not there.
                    How does the aussie stuff stack up flavour and price wise in comparison?

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