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Topic: Coffee in Australia (11 msgs / 275 lines)
1) From: Michael Wascher
I'm leaving Sunday for 3 weeks in Australia: a few days in Sydney, a car fo=
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10 days headed up the coast to Cairns, no other firm plans. Any good coffee
places or other coffee related things to do?
--MikeW
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"Not all things that are countable, count, and not all things that count,
are countable". Albert Einstein

2) From: miKe mcKoffee
When (not if!-) we vacation to Australia two places we'd be sure and have on
the agenda are Mountain Top Estatehttp://www.mountaintopcoffee.com.au/,the
source of Aussie greens Tom offers, and the couple we met in Hawaii a few
years ago and we've been buying Skybury greens from  ever since. Their
website (since they don't sell greens online and who's gonna order
pre-roasted from Australia!) ishttp://www.arabicas.com.au/
Contact information:
Rob Webber
ARABICAS COFFEE AUSTRALIA P/L
136 MASON STREET
MAREEBA, QUEENSLAND
AUSTRALIA, 4880
PHONE: 61 7 40 924101
FAX: 61 7 40 924300
EMAIL: rob
Have a GREAT trip!
miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
	From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Michael Wascher
	Sent: Friday, October 07, 2005 9:50 AM
	To: homeroast
	Subject: +Coffee in Australia
	
	I'm leaving Sunday for 3 weeks in Australia: a few days in Sydney, a
car for 10 days headed up the coast to Cairns, no other firm plans. Any good
coffee places or other coffee related things to do?
	
	--MikeW
	
	-- 
	"Not all things that are countable, count, and not all things that
count, are countable". Albert Einstein

3) From: Gary Bennett
Mike,
In Sydney two of the more highly-regarded places are Campos (in Newtown) an=
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Toby's http://www.tobysestate.com.au/page/espresso_bar.html).When you hit
Queensland I'd check out Pioneer Coffee Roastery (http://www.coffeeroastery.com.au/).Regards, Gary
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4) From: Michael Wascher
Thank you all ... now I know I won't be deprived of good coffee, even thoug=
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I'll be away from my own roast.
We land in Sydney in the wee hours, after traveling 2 days and 28 hours in
the air. We probably won't be able to get the hotel room until later in the
day. If anybody sees a bald, bearded, very rumpled tourist who smells like =
a
goat in a Sydney area coffeehouse Tuesday morning, it'll probably be me
trying to ingest enough caffeine to maintain consciousness.
--MikeW
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5) From: Zara Haimo
I had 4 really good cups of coffee during the 2 weeks I was in Australia this fall/their spring.  One cup was a macchiato at Mecca in Sydney - outstanding small roaster and coffee house with a couple of locations in town.  If you're in Sydney, that's the place to go if you don't have access to homeroast.  Three cups were "short black" or espresso at Skybury coffee farm which I visited my last day there.  "Long black" is what they call an Americano.  One of the staff took me around the grounds - much of what I saw was yellow catui if I spelled that right.  They irrigate because there isn't much rainfall on the tablelands in northeastern Australia.  The farm is at 500 meters or about 1650 feet and an hour's drive from Cairns in Queensland.  They force simultaneous flowering and fruiting by withholding water for a few weeks and then resuming irrigation.  High labor costs means that picking is mechanized.
I also spent a bit of time talking to the owner.  I thought the shots he and his staff pulled for me were excellent with a long sweet finish that lasted a couple of hours after I drove away, but he kept apologizing for only having the dregs of the past year's production left.  He said the European market takes all his best coffee and he sold out completely this year.  He expects to have a bigger and better harvest in the next year as the drought that has affected much of Australia for the last dozen years has ended.  He's also adjusting his processing techniques to bring out more of the sweetness and said the coming year should be his best ever.  I had planned to bring some greens home, but he is going to send me some of the new crop when it comes in this summer.  
I've posted some photos from Skybury athttp://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid$4880&idU7478721&l=f779fbdd0d  In addition to coffee, they also grow a variety of fruit including mangos, papayas, longons, and bananas.  Note the kangaroos and wallabees grazing on the grass at dusk.
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6) From: Joseph Robertson
Zara,
Very nice post. Thank you so much for your first hand field report of the
coffee situation down below.
I know coffee roasters in AU and they have a bit of a hard time getting
coffee imported in a timely fashion that has not been damaged in transit out
at sea or....
 Many roasters in the AU prefer to roast from other growing regions than
there own country. I did not have time to ask them their opinion of some of
there own farms.
Joseph
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7) From: BSGarley
Do they use overhead irrigation to force blooms? Or an undertree method?
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Stillwater, MN
 
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8) From: Zara Haimo
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I didn't see anything overhead, but they may have portable rigs I didn't 
see.
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9) From: BSGarley
Back in College we used to force coffee trees, grown as house plants, into
bloom by putting them in the bathtub and giving them several good showers.
It was theorized that a water soluble inhibitor is present in buds that
keeps them from sprouting until rainfall leaches it away. That was 40 years
ago and I haven't seen any data in the literature since.
Sounds like you had a very interesting trip.
Bruce Garley
Stillwater, MN
 
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10) From: Dhananjaya
This was in New Zealand, but I figure close enough ...http://islbeauty.net/Special/Overhead_Irrigation.jpgDJ

11) From: Michael Wascher
I visited a farm in Queensland, Australia several years ago. I was told that
a lack of water for several weeks stressed the trees, and that when the dry
spell was broken they responded by flowering.
--MikeW
"Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead a better one." Johann
Wolfgang von Goethe
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