Initially from Africa, coffee beans have been scattered all over the world for more than 600 years. Many of us are baristas and humanity has been preparing coffee in many ways: as drinks, candies, medicine, and in some ancient civilisations it was even used as money!
There are even Australian coffee growers, mostly in northern New South Wales and here in Queensland. In fact, the first Australian coffee was believed to have been planted at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane as early as 1832. Today Australian coffee consumption unfortunately only makes up around 1% of Australian coffee purchases.
Joining 4ZZZ's Eliot Rifkin is Bec Zentveld - coffee roastmistress from the Zentvelds - Byron Bay to discuss all things Coffee!
For a deep dive...
Here's Rebecca the Roastmistress's latest coffee blog - on how Australian coffee is sweet coffee due to the unique growing conditions (since our cool climate, low latitude brings sweetness to the coffee crop)...as well as some other local-oriented articles... Zentveld Coffee welcome research into the benefits of cover crops for Australian coffee growers and how local Zentveld coffee - chosen by Aust Trade to be sent to the Embassies in Paris, London and Kuala Lumper - as gifts in 2020.
Visit the Australian Subtropical Coffee Association as well as Zentveld’s coffee farm and roastery
and lastly... All you need to know about local grown coffee
Toni Pankaluic is a Journalist and contributor to Brisbane Line