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Thread: Wanted: Australian Green Coffee Beans!

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    Wanted: Australian Green Coffee Beans!

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    This may seem a ridiculous question, but can someone please suggest some good current suppliers of Australian-grown green coffee beans? Incredible as it may seem, particularly because I live in Australia, I am struggling to find any. I've read a few references to such suppliers, on this forum and elsewhere, but found those references to be outdated in one way or another. Perhaps if a sticky living list of Australian growers/suppliers can be established by knowledgeable people, perhaps with a "Buy Australian" character?

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    Try a google search......'Australian coffee farms green coffee beans wholesale' or something like that.
    Also google other mainstream green coffee bean suppliers, some of whom carry Aussie beans from time time.
    They can be good sometimes but they are never cheap ;-D

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    We sometimes see Mountain Top Estate beans in BeanBay and these are usually pretty good. I have missed out on the legendary Bin 35 lots but have enjoyed other offerings.

    A quick google of Australian Coffee growers gave this site: http://www.astca.org/ with the 'Our Industry' link giving a list of 30-odd growers. As none is a sponsor, you won't see them promoted on CS so you may have to do your own research or wait until Andy adds some to BeanBay.
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    Rays Mountain Top from CS is a nice smooth coffee. When I went to Cairns I stopped in at Skybury in Mareeba and picked up about 5KG of green beans. Their coffee is outstanding!! I loved their peaberry best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flynnaus View Post
    We sometimes see Mountain Top Estate beans in BeanBay and these are usually pretty good. I have missed out on the legendary Bin 35 lots but have enjoyed other offerings.

    A quick google of Australian Coffee growers gave this site: http://www.astca.org/ with the 'Our Industry' link giving a list of 30-odd growers. As none is a sponsor, you won't see them promoted on CS so you may have to do your own research or wait until Andy adds some to BeanBay.
    Thanks for this site - A good list of various suppliers' websites, which I will now be browsing with great interest. Hope to source some Australian coffee beans soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ax72 View Post
    Thanks for this site - A good list of various suppliers' websites, which I will now be browsing with great interest. Hope to source some Australian coffee beans soon.
    No problem. Note these are sub-tropical growers so doesn't include the farms in northern Australia like the one dan77 mentioned, for example. I think it might be too early for this season's crop so it's likely to be older stock
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    Thanks, I'll keep an eye on the CS shop. It does raise the obvious question - Why does an Australian coffee seller not supply any Australian coffee? Have I missed something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ax72 View Post
    Thanks, I'll keep an eye on the CS shop. It does raise the obvious question - Why does an Australian coffee seller not supply any Australian coffee? Have I missed something?
    I think that the obvious answer comes back to price and quality. Australian coffees are generally more expensive due to far higher labour charges. Quality has historically been variable- but there have been some terrific examples.

    Andy commits to a whole heap in advance at a price and quality which are excellent. I think he performs an amazing tightrope walk- so to speak.

    The last batch of Aussie (MTC Ray's) was fantastic and circa $30/kg green as I recall. It's sold more slowly than other offers which was a shame.
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    ditto Chris, Andy sources only high quality beans, I imagine that he cups each bean before considering its place on Beanbay. Unfortunately Aussie beans just don't always stand up to what can be got from overseas. I have sourced my own bags of green aussie beans, but they are not of the same quality I can get from Beanbay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ax72 View Post
    Thanks, I'll keep an eye on the CS shop. It does raise the obvious question - Why does an Australian coffee seller not supply any Australian coffee? Have I missed something?
    Keep in mind, there are only 600 tonnes of coffee grown in Australia annually... which is pretty much nothing when compared to Brazil's 2.7 million tonnes (2011)... and even if every Australian coffee seller wanted to stock and sell Aussie beans, there simply would not be enough to go around.
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    I know that Mountain Top Coffee Farm in Nimbin have some. I have just organized for a few hundred kilos of it! I know they have more to offer. They have a Facebook site and you will be able to Google them. Their coffee in my opinion is a good quality Australian coffee which I prefer over the Pea Berry from the Atherton Tablelands. I roast and buy green coffee for a company in WA and we have had a difficult time trying to find Aussie coffee also.

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    Marvellous, thought provoking responses everyone. Having just recently read about the coffee competition held in Port Macquarie, I wonder what the effect might be on the Australian coffee growing industry were medallists in various coffee competitions both local and overseas were to achieve their high rankings by using Australian coffee?

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    My local roaster frequently sources many of his beans from farms around the area. He recently won gold in the organic espresso category in last years golden bean using beans from an estate near Byron Bay.

    I don't believe he has an online store, but next time I drop in there I'll ask if any of his suppliers have a way of ordering for people elsewhere in the country.

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    Byron Bay coffee company, I think they sell roasted only, but do it daily. Maybe have a chat with them

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    Skybury was available in W Pth roaster here for years (1976 to 2011 ish). Needed about 10 to 15% Kenyan Peaberry or Cuban Laquino to tame its flavour and then it was brilliant. About two years ago it disappeared (shame). I have not seen any OZ grown since in WA. Any other CSr's know of any?

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    Byron Bay coffee company, I think they sell roasted only, but do it daily. Maybe have a chat with them
    I think you'll find that 99% of what they sell roasted is imported. You'd have to ask them about green bean.

    The reason you can't source quality Australian sub-tropical green bean is that it all gets roasted. I've got orders for twenty seven kilos from repeat customers all over Australia (including two cafes) waiting to be roasted in the morning - I roast weekly - so it can't be all that bad. And yes I know MacDonalds sell a million burgers a minute but no one buys them online and waits for them.

    I'm only a small player - 4000 trees which I pulled a tonne of parchment off last year and roast 50 kilos - all locally grown - a week - sourcing quality green bean is difficult for me and I'm in the thick of it.

    Also you will find that coffee grown in FNQ uses pesticides - here on the Northern Rivers we are sub-tropical and grow organically by default - IF you use organic fertiliser.

    And our coffee is not fumigated on entry into Australia - if anyone can elaborate on the use of Methyl Bromide by Quarantine on coffee imported into Australia I'd be interested.

    Anyway ASTCA would be a good start - a friendly, helpful group of people.

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    I like the idea of Australian grown coffee.

    A couple of times I have bought Mountain Tops Estate (Ray’s Special) from Andy. I mainly live on Andy's Ethiopian and PNG beans and others.

    I have recently bought green beans from Ashtons Australian Coffee, near Byron Bay Northern NSW. They are a small producer harvesting only about 3 tonnes a year from their 4,000 arabica trees.

    They sell green and roasted beans from their website with high quality at reasonable prices.

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    I did order my green many years ago direct from skybury, in this days I take it from an wholesaler in germany. as far as I know, there have also roasted coffee.

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    The pick of the Aussie crop is Mount Tamborine Coffee Plantation without a doubt.Grown Bio Organically,handpicked,sundried but only available roasted.[unless you know Kees personally,or catch him on a good day].
    They recently gained recognition from the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe who classed it as a "world class coffee suitable for the connoisseur".
    The fact that Kees manages to get over 2 tons of parchment off his 1000 trees is testament to his dedication to the industry.Worth noteing also is Kees' new project, the East Australia Coffee Company.It involves several australian growers using Kees' growing techniques and then blended and roasted by him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elbeano View Post
    The pick of the Aussie crop is Mount Tamborine Coffee Plantation without a doubt.
    Agree with this, having recently roasted up a batch of his latest crop due to a lucky circumstance. Unfortunately its not, as mentioned above, commercially available, high labour costs and it all being required for his own requirements. If it was sold it would also be way too expensive vs imported beans. But Kees is fantastically enthusiastic about what he does produce and his methods. MTCP is also for sale to allow Kees and family an opportunity to have a lifestyle change, so we may not have him around for long.

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