Coffee Culture In Australia

As it is known, coffee is our morning energy provider. Some of us can’t even start our day properly if we didn’t have our coffee. But there is more to know about this magical Australian Coffee Beans.

What is the history of coffee in Australia?

Most coffee drinkers would say that Australia is a minor provider when it comes to coffee. But little do they know about its history and what they have been through.

Everything started in 1880 when farmers thought that it would be a good idea to grow coffee beans. At first, this ‘ start-up industry ‘ was too expensive for Australia’s economics ( back in that day ), and it was hard to convince people to buy it. However, not even the upper classes thought it’s a good idea to exchange the taste of a cup of tea for coffee. They thought that drinking coffee is a step to rebellion.

And that’s how coffee was truly connected to working men and criminals.

What are the most popular coffee in Australia?

When we talk about coffee brands, you can expect to find the oldest ones in Australia. That coffee didn’t give up for more than 50 years and is still in the market place.

  • Dan Adan – maybe one of the oldest coffee brands in the world. It was first created in 1893 when many other countries not even heard about it. The brand has become well known for its single coffee blend and its two famous coffeehouses.
  • Coffee – this brand was created in the early 1950s’ and it’s still blooming today. This is the best way to get that authentic Australian coffee experience.
  • Aroma – a brand that is used abroad by many countries, without knowing from where it comes. Aroma was created in 1965 in Sydney. They managed to import the coffee beans from Brazil, Tanzania, and India- a process that makes Aroma a premium brand in Australia.
  • Belaroma – it’s the son of Aroma, created in 1968. Nowadays, they are specialized in many niches, such as teas and chocolate specialties.
  • Danes Coffee – a brand created in 1995 by a Danish woman that moved to Australia.
  • Di Bella – this brand is the youngest of all those mentioned above. It made its way through Australia in 2008 and became popular among addicted coffee drinkers.

What are the different types of coffee found in Australia and how they differ?

It seems like the early work of the farmers, made Australia a good provider for Arabica coffee beans, and its varieties.

  • Arabica – is considered to be the first species ever cultivated. When you taste Arabica coffee, you may feel a pleasant acidity and just a little drop of bitterness. That’s what makes Arabica a loved coffee.
  • Varieties of Arabica: Catuai – means ‘ very good ‘ from an old language. The taste you’ll get after drinking a Catuai coffee is sweetness.
  • Mundo Novo – a hybrid of Typica and Bourbon. The variety was first discovered in 1943 and its taste can be more bitter than the normal Arabica coffee beans.
  • K7 – it was first found in Tanzania ( the place where Australian farmers imported the coffee beans ). Nowadays it is used to cure some internal disease and it doesn’t have an excellent taste as an every morning cup of coffee.
  • SL6 – less known by the people. Along with K7, it was first found in Kenya and Tanzania and somehow didn’t manage to be loved by people. However, other similar varieties can be considered as the world’s famous: SL28 and SL34

What makes Australian Coffee different?

This can be a controversial discussion, considering that Australia is not a big coffee provider. But it’s much worth it to get an Australian coffee than an American one.

The main reason is that you will find a stronger coffee in Australia. Other countries may prefer brewed coffee, which is quick and simple to make. Australian coffee is espresso-based drip-style coffee, which makes it much stronger and enjoyable. Australians go for ‘ one and perfect ‘than Americans ( and other Europe’s countries ) who choose ‘ how much is needed, and cheap ‘.

It seems like, even there are not so many things to say about Australian coffee, they developed a coffee culture, where citizens have to enjoy their coffee to get a good start.

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How to grow your own coffee at home

If coffee is the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning or if you are an Australian coffee lover then, it’s good news for you!. Now you can grow your own coffee plant at home. But, to make a perfect cup of coffee with your own produced coffee, you need to be passionate because, the process is quite long, although it’s simple.  

You need to know some necessary information about the plant’s upbringing. There are many different types of coffee plants. Among them, 2 type is most popular called Arabica and Robusta.  60–80 percent of the world produces the Arabica Coffee plant. In this section, we will talk about this type of coffee plant.

Information about plant

As we all know, coffee beans are used to make a perfect coffee. And coffee beans are grown on the Coffee Arabica plant. This plant’s height is approximately 15ft. The leaves of the tree are glossy and green in color, somewhat ovate in shape. White flowers and fruit called berries, which grow in the season of summer-autumn. It takes about five years for a coffee plant to full production and then, this will continue for about 50 years. Late spring is the best time to plant this.

You can also sow it into the pot and keep inside the house this plant can be an attractive Indore plant. But then you can’t expect the berries.

Which is the best Atmosphere to grow coffee beans?

The atmosphere’s temperature should be between15 and 24 degrees to get healthy growth of the plant. Remember that frost can harm the plant. Bellow 2 degrees can kill the plant. So if you are living where the climate is cool then place it under the shelter and make sure it is protected from cold and hot winds.

About berries and flowers

Between 3 to 5 years after planting, flowers start to blossom and those flowers will eventually pollinate and become a fruit- the berries which are green at the start and after some time color changes to bright red.

Production of flowers and fruits depends on rain. Rainfall at the right time will force the production of flowers and berries. Spring and early summer is the time when the plant produces berries. After the flowers fall from the tree, nodes remain. From each of these nodes a single coffee cherry, which contains the precious coffee beans, will form. Every berry has 2 coffee beans. Berries are developed for 6 to 11 months depending on the length of the country’s rainy season. During this time period, cherries will turn into a red color. And it fills with a sweet pulp that surrounds the seeds.

The process to take the berries from a tree

Now the question is- what’s the perfect time to take the berries from the tree? When the berries turn into a bright red color. Pluck berries with hands from the tree, after that, remove the skin and pulp from berries and get the coffee beans. Don’t take the berries which are of green color.

Process after taking berries from a tree

Still, beans are not ready to make a perfect cup of coffee. It’s a multi-stage process. Now soak the beans in the water for a few days. When you can see the bubbles on the top of the water, it’s time to take it from the water. After this step now it’s time to dry out the beans and put these beans up to 7 days in the sun. After 7 days it becomes hard. This process is also called a wet-hulled or semi-washed process. Then leave the silver skin of the beans. Now it’s the last stage to make a perfect coffee. Now, this bean is ready to be roast. You need to roast these beans for 10 minutes or till it converts into dark brown color.

Now you can crush these roasted beans and make its powder. After this, you are now ready to taste your own yummy coffee.

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How Good Is the Coffee Grown In Australia

Coffee is the ultimate energizer for almost everyone in the world. Most people cannot get on with their everyday schedule if they do not get to have their coffee first thing in the morning. Coffee is widely consumed all across the world despite the climatic figures and temperature. But when it comes to Australia, the number of people you who consume coffee on an everyday basis is almost the entire population of Australia. Jokes apart, Australians are straight-up obsessed with coffee on a whole different level. To the point of declaring the Australian coffee the best in the world. Recent studies show that approximately 821.25 billion cups of coffee get drunk each year, approximately 2.25 billion cups each day. 

In fact, coffee made it in the list of widely consumed drink on number 3, marking water first and tea second. However, Australians are very peculiar and snobbish about the coffee that grows in Australia and surprisingly enough, they are actually proud of it. Due to the microclimatic conditions, the Australian coffee tends to be quite low in caffeine and has more of a chocolate flavor to it. Australia has now even become a major brewing and coffee bean roasting capital. 

The Australian coffee is known to be not just good but the best in the world. You will find Aussies favoring the local coffee beans and independent cafes more than Starbucks which is known to be an international brand that is pretty successful all across the world except Australia. Some of the best local coffee brands Australians consume on an average basis are;

1. North Queensland Gold Coffee

This coffee is the best local coffee in entire Australia, grown in Atherton Tablelands. The locals of this area are super satisfied with the NQG coffee. An Aussie named Bruno Maloberti purchased about 90 acres of land just outside of Mareeba where he grew tobacco however as time passed by, he found himself cultivating coffee and ever since it has gained a lot of popularity among the Australians living in the nearby regions. The NQ roasted Australian beans are sold in the Australian market on an immense level. 

2. Vittoria Oro Gold

Vittoria Oro Gold coffee beans are all about the sweetness of the coffee. It is hardly bitter and if made by the right person with the right skills, this coffee is very much loved in Australia, known as one of the best coffee beans in existence. The smoothness, crema, and aroma of this coffee are for the people who like their coffee not too strong.

3. Harris Black Label 

This is another brand that is quite popular among Australians even when it is cultivated and harvested in Ethiopia and Brazil. Harris is an Australian coffee brand that is now into existence for over a century. They are known for their Black Label no. 5 and carefully roasting each batch and freshly packing it for the Australian market. 

There are countless local coffee brands in Australia, all consumed on a daily basis by people with their own unique tastes out of which, these three are remarkably known. Australian coffee is one of a kind that you will not find anywhere else in the world.

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