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    Tamborine Mountain - Mt Tamborine Coffee Plantation

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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!
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    Mount Tamborine Coffee Plantation
    www.mtcp.com.au

    64 Alpine Terrace
    Mt Tamborine,
    Qld 4272

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

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    (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.








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    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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    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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    Re: Tamborine Mountain - Mt Tamborine Coffee Plantation

    Quote 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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    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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    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. :D

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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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    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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    Quote 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 ;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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    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..... :D

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

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    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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    Quote 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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    Re: Tamborine Mountain - Mt Tamborine Coffee Plantation

    Id definitely be in it if you can put it off until after we get there in early January...

    Maybe we could turn it into a CS Meet & Greet and maybe talk Kees into allowing us in on a Saturday or Sunday?

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7F584E5C44370 link=1233813862/15#15 date=1255068595
    Id definitely be in it if you can put it off until after we get there in early January...

    Maybe we could turn it into a CS Meet & Greet and maybe talk Kees into allowing us in on a Saturday or Sunday?

    Cheers
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    We will plan it and do it about a week b4 ya arrive.. Just because we can :-*

    Looking forward to new year already 8-)

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    Im happy to wait, as we have a meet and greet mid november anyway in brissie, ill start a thread in about a month..... ;)

    see ya there!

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    Its good to see the Hilton Hotel in Surfers Paradise are using Mount Tamborine Coffee .Congratulalions to all involved.The local coffee industry might finally be heading in the right direction.

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    Took the Bonneville up to Mt Tamborine plantation today, had a great morning, beautiful weather, beautiful coffees, and even managed to get some of Keess greens. Just hope I can do them justice in the HotTop. Kees very passionate about his coffees, and his philosophy around the australian industry, nice and refreshing to hear his points of view. He kindly took time out of his busy day for a long chat and give us a tour of the workings and the plantation.

    Great coffee shop, and we have now got the T-shirt to prove it.** :D

    Worth the visit for the coffees alone.

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    Was just there today. Kees, as his wife put it, is sometimes called the "Steve Irwin of coffee". And I must say I agree. Very passionate and very friendly! Got the grand tour and some cherries to bring to start some growing of my own! Awesome place. Will definitely stop by again...

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    Ah yes. A very friendly place. I was there not too long ago recently after a long flight (and a long drive) to the place as I knew there was a plantation there from a while back but the first time round it was a weekend. So not much good

    So anyway, I managed to get in there on a Weekday that time, rather jet-lagged somewhat and needed a cup of coffee. I started a conversation with the woman at the counter (now I know to be the wife). After I ordered my bag of browns and a bag of green she asked if I was a CS member. And then activity started happening, you sign a guest book, you get to meet Kees.

    If anybody was seeking for a conversation that day from the me I'd say it was a miserable failure (sadly due to my part, spending 20 hours in an airport to make it to Brisbane and then to drive another hour and a bit, and not to add: poor english I had a laugh)... but then we talked about roasting and my little popcorn popper at home (pfft) and I finally started to get a little bit of energy back (mind you, I was drinking coffee while I was waiting for them to bag the coffee so maybe that helped).

    Coffee was very smooth. Very smooth

    I wonder what would happen if I said no to the CS question: do I get the "you don't know what you are missing" stare with the silent treatment - and you must pay cash only? :P just kidding! (they accept credit card but don't really advertise it the little sign was placed high up on a shelf).

    As an afterthought: what would be really nice is a quick stroll to the back to see the plantation itself, but I'm plenty sure they were too busy because there were a heap of people sitting around on the tables... Ah well, next time maybe...

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    Saw an ad in the local paper, I believe it's on the market, too much work for me. Haven't been there for ages, was difficult to get there midweek, plus I live on the other side of the mountain ( and for us locals having to drive 10 minutes to a different side of the mountain is just too much )

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    This year has been a real corker for these guys.The huge amount of quality product being picked is amazing.They are hand picking over 300 kg of prime cherry every day and the fermentation tanks and drying racks are loaded to capacity.The heady aromas of fermentation can be smelt across the whole property.Its absolutely mind blowing how much coffee can come from such a compact property.Aussie grown coffee,alive and well.



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