australian coffee growers

2 Billion Cups and Counting

Australians consume more than six billion cups of coffee per year, yet less than 1% of this is Australian grown. There is a high chance you have never had a cup of coffee from beans grown in Australia! 

Australian Coffee Growers

For the Love of Coffee

The sub-tropical climate of South-East Queensland is perfectly suited to coffee growing as it provides a longer ripening season that brings out distinctive sweet and fruity notes, and a chocolatey flavour during roasting.

Glasshouse Plantation, knowing how much Australians love their coffee, has planted 5000 coffee trees in the Glass House Mountains, on the Sunshine Coast, and now grow, process and will soon roast their own beans so you can have a unique paddock-to-cup experience with a distinctive Australian flavour and minimal food miles. (Glasshouse Plantation roasts will be launched to the public in 2025.)

Know your coffee

“Terroir–the taste of place”

Like wine, coffee has a terroir associated with its variety, location and farming practices. The cooler climate of Australia’s sub-tropical latitudes, where Glasshouse Plantation is located, provides a long ripening season which brings out the distinctive sweet and fruity notes and chocolatey flavour, while the high altitude of Far North Queensland produces delicious nutty and biscuity notes. However processing, roasting and brewing all add additional points of interest to the sensory experience of coffee. 

“Provenance–the whole story”

The provenance of coffee relates to the story of the people who grow, how it’s grown and the systems, philosophy and community that shape the outcome. 

While high quality coffee is generally associated with high altitude areas in the tropics, the longer, lower average winter temperatures of high latitude South East QLD and Northern NSW prolongs coffee cherry maturation resulting in a more nutritionally dense coffee bean with great flavour. Latitude can compensate for altitude when it comes to coffee. There are many other factors that go into creating the ultimate coffee experience including how the beans are processed and brewed. All of these factors together create a unique sensory experience that cannot be imitated.

Australian grown coffee is:

Appreciating the Australian coffee flavour

Consuming coffee is a sensory experience with the Glasshouse Plantation terroir providing delicious sweet and fruity tones. Arabica coffee beans account for around 75% of all coffee consumed worldwide. Our locally grown, K7 Arabica beans provide a delicious point of difference coffee drinkers can truly appreciate. 

You can find the official Coffee Character Wheel below.

Coffee Characteristics Descriptions

Coffee growing in Australia

Coffee growing is well suited to the Australian sub-tropical farming landscape. The first humble plantings were believed to be at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane in 1832. Coffee consumption originated in the ninth century in Ethiopia, where wild coffee plants grew naturally.

There are only about 50 coffee growers in Australia, located in areas such as the Atherton Tablelands, the Whitsundays, the Sunshine Coast and Mt Tamborine in Queensland, and Byron Bay in New South Wales. Lisa is in touch with most growers as she is currently Secretary of the Australian Grown Coffee Association, which has a great website where you will find how you can buy Australian grown coffee direct from the farmer.

Australian coffee growers are poised to become a vibrant presence on the international stage producing a highly sought after beverage by coffee lovers worldwide.