Kees van Rijssen has a dream… that one day every café in Australia will offer Australian grown and produced coffee alongside their international choice. Sampling the beans on offer at Mount Tamborine Coffee Plantation it’s easy to see that one day; this dream could indeed become a reality.
Owned and operated by Kees and his wife Maria the plantation was purchased around ten years ago as a means to fix Kees’ “fetish of finding good coffee on the Gold Coast”. Kees handpicks, sun dries and roasts the beans, and reported that the crop this year has made for “a good vintage”; one I hope to sample when it is ready around Easter 2015.
The Mount Tamborine Coffee Plantation Organic coffee was sampled in the most idyllic setting sitting out amongst the trees on the balcony of the Queenslander that holds the café. The espresso had an earthy aroma muddled with blackberries which carried through to the flavour with a mild kick of tannin. A piccolo leant a more caramel flavour to the earthy blackberries with a smooth winey mouthfeel that was also reflected in the flat white, which was creamy with a buttery crème caramel flavour and scent. Maria kindly offered a ground sample of their blend which was cold brewed at home and was delightful to drink on a hot day being sweet and fruity with the wine mouthfeel lingering afterwards making me thirsty for more. In discussing my coffee experience Kees informs me that the wine flavour I experienced is unique to their beans and is known around the world.
The Plantation also offers another blend the Black Magic, which has a stronger caffeine content for those who crave a big hit, with Kees reporting the Black Magic beans, imported from Africa and roasted at the Plantation, have the highest caffeine content in the world. Sampled in an espresso the high caffeine is evident, but not overpowering as it makes for a smooth drink with a savoury kick and a tobacco aftertaste with hints of dark chocolate and berries.
Mount Tamborine Coffee Plantation beans can be purchased on premises or online with the Café and gallery open Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 3.00pm. With Tamborine Mountain fast becoming the food and wine destination of the Gold Coast, it is well worth your time to stop by Mount Tamborine Coffee Plantation and sample some awesome locally grown and produced coffee.