A winning roast
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.