NOOSA BEANS MAKE GREAT COF­FEE

In­tro­duc­ing the only cof­fee grow­ers in the Noosa Shire

Noosa Life and Style - - FOOD -

THERE’S no short­age of qual­ity cof­fee roast­ers in Noosa Shire. The likes of Clan­des­tino, Noosa Cove and First Batch and many more are first-rate sup­pli­ers of Noosa’s “nec­tar”. In­deed, your cor­re­spon­dent is as much a caf­feine slave as the next per­son, and can fre­quently be found hang­ing off the end of a flat white mug in one of our many up­scale cof­fee houses. But there’s only one com­mer­cial cof­fee com­pany that ac­tu­ally grows the beans in the shire – in Kin Kin, to be ge­o­graph­i­cally pre­cise. Noosa Black is climb­ing the rank­ings among se­ri­ous sup­pli­ers, lo­cal shops and espresso bars, but it’s still in its in­fancy. Trae­cey and Pe­ter Hin­ner planted more than 6000 cof­fee trees in Feb­ru­ary 2005. They con­sid­ered the idea of grow­ing cof­fee, de­spite some ad­vice to the con­trary. “Peo­ple said grow­ing cof­fee wouldn’t work here, but we thought ‘let’s give it a go’,” Trae­cey said. “Aus­tralia im­ports a lot of cof­fee; why not grow it lo­cally? “There are lots of small farm­ers (fur­ther south), with one hav­ing up to 25,000 trees. They ma­ture after about eight years, but you can get some crop after about four years.” They chose the sin­gle ori­gin, disease-re­sis­tant, no-pes­ti­cide Ara­bica K7 va­ri­ety, de­vel­oped and rec­om­mended for use in the North­ern Rivers area of NSW. The process is sim­ple, if lengthy, and beans can be hand or ma­chine-picked, but the ma­chines can de­stroy some of the trees if not care­fully done. It’s still early days for the young com­pany, but al­ready they are sup­ply­ing some IGAs, a new Sun­shine Coast Air­port cafe, and a few lo­cal shops and cafes. Noosa Black is also a Snail of Ap­proval award-win­ner in the Slow Food Noosa move­ment. “We started with 6400 trees but lost some due to frost, and are re­plac­ing,” Trae­cey said. “Our five-year plan is to grow and ex­pand.” Be­sides, there are other ben­e­fits. “I love the ocean, but it’s good to sit here on the ve­randa and think ‘life’s good’,” she said.

PHOTO: ALAN LAN­DER

Trae­cey Hin­ner in­spects her cof­fee trees at her Kin Kin prop­erty.

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