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    MOUNT TAMBORINE COFFEE PLANTATION

    I ran into Kees van Rijssen (and his lovely family) while I was at the National Barista comp in QLD last weekend and he talked me into a trip up the mountain before my flight home.

    Its been a few years since I had been on Mt Tamborine, its a pretty 40 minute drive from Surfers Paradise and a tad over an hour from Brisbane airport.  When you get there you are greeted with a lush, green, rain forest damp township on top of the hill that is far removed from the 10 years of drought in my home town.

    The cafe and gallery at the front of the property is instantly comfortable and full of charm.  It contains a lot of local handcrafts and artworks and is the sort of place you could easily blow a few hours in.  I didn’t eat while there (as I had a plane to catch) but the food that went past to other tables looked very inviting, next time I’ll allow for a longer visit.

    Coffee?  Of course they have coffee!  In fact their coffee is grown on the premises, 3 different varietals of coffee grown without insecticides and pesticides, lovingly tendered all year round and hand picked when the coffee cherries are at their peak.  Fermentation and pulping is all done on site prior to the beans meeting the 10kg Has Garanti roaster.  I had a very well poured double espresso, sweet, mid bodied with hints of the coffee cherry fruitiness in the finish… it was good enough to go back for seconds too which is always a good sign.

    A true family run business where mum, dad and the kids all lend a hand in the process to get from bean to cup with a passion for producing great Australian coffee.

    We hope to land some of their Aussie coffee as green beans for a future BeanBay but until then I can fully recommend the drive to the cafe for a feed and a coffee (or three) the next time you are anywhere in the area.

    Oh, I also know what I want for Christmas if anyone is feeling really flush.... this place!
    8-)

    Mount Tamborine Coffee Plantation
    www.mtcp.com.au

    64 Alpine Terrace
    Mt Tamborine,
    Qld 4272

    Open:
    Monday - Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm

    [hr]
    (Excuse the camera phone pictures...)

    Pic1 - The charming cafe and gallery.

    Pic2 - Kees van Rijssen, the dutch named ex Kiwi  with an honest passion for Australian specialty coffee standing under one of the old growth bourbon section of the plantation.

    Pic3 - Some of the new varietals growing-up very nicely.








  • #2
    Re: Tamborine Mountain - Mt Tamborine Coffee Plantation

    Wow, another reason to go back to Mt Tamborine! (the other being the distillery up there!)

    Thanks for sharing this Andy, it looks great!

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    • #3
      Re: Tamborine Mountain - Mt Tamborine Coffee Plantation

      looks fantastic.... and will endeavour to visit this lovely place and very very passionate man....

      i also had the pleasure of meeting Kees... interesting discussion.... very passionate and knows his stuff.... will get there very soon....

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      • #4
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        Originally posted by 022D273A430 link=1233813862/0#0 date=1233813862
        Oh, I also know what I want for Christmas if anyone is feeling really flush.... this place!
        ;D Yeah, its beautiful up there. Talk about living the dream. And Kees is a real character and great bloke.

        Did Kees slip you some of his greens to try out back at the Snobbery, Andy?

        (Previous thread on this place - http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1203336117/28#28 )

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        • #5
          Re: Tamborine Mountain - Mt Tamborine Coffee Plantation

          I had an enjoyable chat to Kees last friday.
          Great guy whos passionate about Australian coffee.
          He even dedicated his roaster to Less ghost (well its written on in liquid paper anyway)

          Got me some greens to roast at home to try too.

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          • #6
            Re: Tamborine Mountain - Mt Tamborine Coffee Plantation

            Another day in paradise today but what a fantastic day this was for we C.S folks.
            We found what a great little gem the Mt Tamborine Coffee plantation was.We had a morning tea of delicious homemade cakes and gorgeous lattes. We mentioned we had read reports of the plantation on C.S. Lo and behold Kees apeared from out the back and so began a very enlightening discussion and tour of the coffee plantation and roasting facilities with Kees. He is very passionate about his plantation, Australian grown coffee and the environment. He made us feel so welcome and we came away with some greens to roast and some MTCP organic roasted coffee. Kees and his wife and family are committed to sustainability and protecting the environment plus promoting great Australian grown coffee. What a fabulous morning we had thanks to MTCP.

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            • #7
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              A trip well worth taking. Today I ventured up the Mountain to visit the Mt Tambo Coffee Plantation and I couldnt be happier I did.

              Upon arrival I was greeted and felt very welcomed to be there. After a quick introduction and pointing out I was a CS member, the lady behind the counter (I presume it was Kesss other half) took my order and said she would go let Kees know there was a snob in the building.

              Andy I have to say the food was great along with a beautiful short black and flat white. Just as I was finishing my coffee a gentleman entered the building: as pointed out before, what a character. Kees walks in calling out "where is this coffeesnob, he is here somewhere". He pointed out a couple people he knew before bringing his attention to me. "Ah you must be the snob, Welcome, Im Kees"

              From that point his attention was one on one till he seen me off. From the moment we left the cafe, I was having Kees explaining to me from what types of plants he had, right down to having a cherry picked of the tree and eating it. We walked out the back and Kees had just finished roast, and what a lovely looking roast it was too.

              I now have a better understanding between the differences of wet and dry processed beans. The different stages of the end product and so much more. I wanted to buy some green beans, well, enough said. Kees give me 3 different types, 2 wet processed and one dry. It was a real hands on experience for me as I was helping him process the bean I purchased. The beans were all still in the raw form with husks/outter shells on. We sorted/sifted out the smaller beans and any other unwated by-product.

              I could write so much more about my day there. All I can say is words only say so much. The experience for those that enjoy home roasting is 2nd to none and gives you a real understanding of the amount of time and labour that is needed to produce the end product, the coffee bean.

              I will finish up with saying I had a very memorable day, one that gave me a whole new understanding to what we know as Coffee, one I would recommened it to anyone who can make it up there.

              Oh and just so everyone knows, Andy is on Keess wall of fame.

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              • #8
                Re: Tamborine Mountain - Mt Tamborine Coffee Plantation

                Wonderful! We had this in mind during our little tour of Qld a couple
                of months ago (Birdsville/Boulia/Winton/Longreach and down to the
                Sunshine NP), but never quite got that far east. Next time ...

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                • #9
                  Re: Tamborine Mountain - Mt Tamborine Coffee Plantation

                  Originally posted by 5E4B0A0C0A3F0 link=1233813862/6#6 date=1254806938
                  A trip well worth taking. Today I ventured up the Mountain to visit the Mt Tambo Coffee Plantation and I couldnt be happier I did.

                  Upon arrival I was greeted and felt very welcomed to be there. After a quick introduction and pointing out I was a CS member, the lady behind the counter (I presume it was Kesss other half) took my order and said she would go let Kees know there was a snob in the building.

                  Andy I have to say the food was great along with a beautiful short black and flat white. Just as I was finishing my coffee a gentleman entered the building: as pointed out before, what a character. Kees walks in calling out "where is this coffeesnob, he is here somewhere". He pointed out a couple people he knew before bringing his attention to me. "Ah you must be the snob, Welcome, Im Kees"

                  From that point his attention was one on one till he seen me off. From the moment we left the cafe, I was having Kees explaining to me from what types of plants he had, right down to having a cherry picked of the tree and eating it. We walked out the back and Kees had just finished roast, and what a lovely looking roast it was too.

                  I now have a better understanding between the differences of wet and dry processed beans. The different stages of the end product and so much more. I wanted to buy some green beans, well, enough said. Kees give me 3 different types, 2 wet processed and one dry. It was a real hands on experience for me as I was helping him process the bean I purchased. The beans were all still in the raw form with husks/outter shells on. We sorted/sifted out the smaller beans and any other unwated by-product.

                  I could write so much more about my day there. All I can say is words only say so much. The experience for those that enjoy home roasting is 2nd to none and gives you a real understanding of the amount of time and labour that is needed to produce the end product, the coffee bean.

                  I will finish up with saying I had a very memorable day, one that gave me a whole new understanding to what we know as Coffee, one I would recommened it to anyone who can make it up there.

                  Oh and just so everyone knows, Andy is on Keess wall of fame.

                  Ya sold me... Will have to do a day trip.. Take teh family on a surprise day trip ;D

                  When we pull up... My wife and Kids will toss a right tanty or two...

                  But if Kees is half the man he appears to be... Then it will be OK...

                  Actually... I could go as a Secret Shopper and carry out an Audit... Do ya recon the CS shirt might give it away... 8-) 8-) 8-)

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                  • #10
                    Re: Tamborine Mountain - Mt Tamborine Coffee Plantation

                    My family endures my caffeine obsession as it gives them good coffees, hot chocolates, and my daughters caramel latte (she gets first shot from the grinder) on tap at home. I dont think I could stretch the friendship far enough to have them sit through my enjoyment of a day up there. Looks like its going to be a solo visit.....

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                    • #11
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                      madpierre06,
                      Your visit to Mt Tamborine Coffee does not have to be all day. We had a wonderful tour and chat in just over an hour as we were committed to another adventure in paradise. We took along a "green bean" relative and she was gobsmacked by the cafe and the tour with Kees. Take the family and settle them down in the fantastic ambience of the cafe with some of the delicious food and beverages on offer. Then you can have a chat etc. with Kees whilst the family enjoys the food and the gallery. Do not go on the weekend though as MTB coffee is closed enjoying family life. The roasted coffee beans on sale from MTB..to die for. The missus bought a coffee mug which states"I start working when the caffeine does".. A bit of a worry at times. ;D Make it a family trip. They will enjoy the adventure.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Tamborine Mountain - Mt Tamborine Coffee Plantation

                        Ill second what herbie said. Its a lovely cafe cum gallery, in a beautiful location and Im sure any family would enjoy at least a few hours visit. My wife came with me when I went and, whilst she loves her coffee, wasnt a coffee nut (like her husband :). But she found the tour of the little plantation, processing area and roastery just as fascinating as I did. (Im sure Kees unique sense of humour and infectious enthusiasm also contributed greatly!)

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                        • #13
                          Re: Tamborine Mountain - Mt Tamborine Coffee Plantation

                          Sweet, thanks for the feedback....might try AMs approach, "lets go for a quiet drive up the mountainside" 8-)

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                          • #14
                            Re: Tamborine Mountain - Mt Tamborine Coffee Plantation

                            anyone interesting in getting together for a trip down there in the future? ill start another thread if we get a few......would be a great and informative day!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Tamborine Mountain - Mt Tamborine Coffee Plantation

                              Originally posted by 484C6A737376697E711F0 link=1233813862/13#13 date=1254879180
                              anyone interesting in getting together for a trip down there in the future? ill start another thread if we get a few......would be a great and informative day!
                              I am but with the job... It is an issue to arrange a time during teh week..

                              Thus for me its going to be more of a last min dash..

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