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    Ok so I got desperate and purchased beans from a supermarket... I guess I was a bit lucky in that some of the Foodland's here in SA stock Rio coffee and the roast date can be within a week. In my case I got beans which were roasted 7 days ago.

    I decided to buy the Australian beans as these were the freshest. The packet (and their website) states: "Sourced exclusively from a single plantation in the most southern coffee growing region in the world—Australia". Does anyone know where this plantation would be? I'm not sure if it was just because I've been roasting Thai and Indo beans lately but these Aussie beans were enormous!

    Has anyone tried these before? They don't taste too bad. Definitely not as good as roasting your own fresh.

  • #2
    There are quite a few coffee producers in Australia. QLD and north NSW being the most prolific.
    this may help see the scale of it..
    Our Industry | Australian Subtropical Coffee Association

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    • #3
      Originally posted by mrvautin View Post
      ..... I got beans which were roasted 7 days ago.

      .....They don't taste too bad. Definitely not as good as roasting your own fresh!

      ....The packet (and their website) states: "Sourced exclusively from a single plantation in the most southern coffee growing region in the world—Australia". Does anyone know where this plantation would be?

      .....these Aussie beans were enormous!...
      Hi there. Some comments for you:

      You got coffee roasted 7 days before, and then say you dont think they are as good as roasting your own fresh. According to the roast date however....they ARE quite fresh in the scheme of things...in fact I would say probably smack bang in the middle of their optimum drinking window....unless of course you prefer coffee straight out of the roaster and before it has settled to give a developed and consistent brew.

      My understanding is the quoted passage from the packet only refers to the beans being from a (any) plantation in Australia, not the southern most plantation in Australia. However, for your information the southern most coffee planations in Oz are probably around the Yamba region of NSW.

      One of the most common varietals grown in Australia is a large bean coffee, and there are a lot of Australian plantations growing the same varietal because it is suited to our conditions (low altitude arabica). Some think it is probably better suited to non espresso forms of brewing.

      Hope that helps.
      Last edited by TOK; 18 January 2015, 04:31 PM.

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      • #4
        There are a few plantations south of Yamba (7 that I know of).
        New Zealand has the honour of southern most plantation in the world.Set up and growing under the watchful eye of who I reckon is Australia's most dedicated coffee farmer,who just happens to be an ex Kiwi,....or is he?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mrvautin View Post
          "Sourced exclusively from a single plantation in the most southern coffee growing region in the world—Australia".
          This could mean the very top of Queensland as it's referring to the most southern coffee growing region not Australia itself.

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          • #6
            I found some Rio beans yesterday in our local Foodland, Woodcroft, but the roast date was August so I gave them a miss.
            All was not lost though because I found some funky cups there that found their way home with me :P.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by TOK View Post
              Hi there. Some comments for you:

              You got coffee roasted 7 days before, and then say you dont think they are as good as roasting your own fresh. According to the roast date however....they ARE quite fresh in the scheme of things...in fact I would say probably smack bang in the middle of their optimum drinking window....unless of course you prefer coffee straight out of the roaster and before it has settled to give a developed and consistent brew.

              Hope that helps.
              I normally roast all my own beans. I was referring to roasting your own being better (in my opinion) because you can roast them to how you like them. I can see how the sentence could be misunderstood.

              I've actually found that after a few days of cracking the packet, the beans have really settled down and the taste is amazing. I still can't believe how big they are compare to other regions.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TOK View Post
                One of the most common varietals grown in Australia is a large bean coffee, and there are a lot of Australian plantations growing the same varietal because it is suited to our conditions (low altitude arabica). Some think it is probably better suited to non espresso forms of brewing.
                Count me in as one of the some, third wavers would love Aussie grown coffee, as an espresso person, not so much.

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                • #9
                  I had it in an espresso and milk based and didn't mind either way. Each to their own I guess.

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                  • #10
                    Milk disguises a multitude of sins.

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                    • #11
                      I use to get rio beans. It was hard to find beans that were less then 1 month old. I use to pull the whole shelf at foodlands to pieces to check each packets date....

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