A win­ning roast

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

FOUR Mile Cof­fee Roast­ers has been awarded a third place medal at the Golden Bean Na­tional Roast­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

The Port Dou­glas com­pany en­tered the Aus­tralian cat­e­gory, send­ing down roasted lo­cally grown beans.

Owner Glen Thorp said the de­ci­sion to en­ter was some­thing of a last minute one.

‘‘The key fac­tor, apart from en­sur­ing we have top qual­ity cof­fee beans, is that judges fo­cus on the roast­ing tech­niques and skill of the toaster,’’ Mr Thorp said.

‘‘It’s blind tested by the best cof­fee judges in Aus­tralia, and I was de­lighted to hear back that we’d taken third place in the Aus­tralian cat­e­gory.’’

In Septem­ber the com­pany es­tab­lished a new roast­ing fa­cil­ity, next to their Ori­gin Cafe.

Mr Thorp said plans are in place to fur­ther ex­pand the fa­cil­ity by adding a cof­fee tast­ing bar to the roast house and hav­ing a guided tour that takes peo­ple through the roast­ing process.

The new fa­cil­ity will also give them the time, space and fo­cus to de­velop a wider va­ri­ety of cof­fee.

‘‘We’ll def­i­nitely be a bit more or­gan­ised for next year’s com­petion, and I’ll en­ter more cat­e­gories and hope­fully we’ll en­joy a few more wins,’’ Mr Thorp said.

He hopes the award will give cus­tomers the con­fi­dence to use their cof­fee.

Three lo­cal busi­nesses, Sea Bean, Wheelie Good Cof­fee and the Beach Shack use the Four Mile brand, while three out­lets in Palm Cove, one in Smith­field and one in Cairns have also caught onto the qual­ity prod­uct.

Plans are also in place to fur­ther spread the brand to other Aus­tralian states.

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