There's silver in them thar hills
Greg and Janice Jansen of Dunoon have just taken out the silver medal at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show for their plunger coffee.
They had previously won three bronze medals for various varieties of their Hills of Byron coffee at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
They made the move from Sydney six years ago where Greg had been working with computers and planted 15,000 coffee trees by hand.
“I didn’t want to do macadamias because of all the chemicals and also, it takes about 10 years before you get a crop, whereas with coffee it’s about three years,” Greg said.
The 36 acre property had been grazing a few cattle before the Jansens took it over, and they have also planted some finger limes.
The couple are off to the Brisbane Fine Food Fair in two weeks time where they hope to get their product into the hands of some more buyers and distributors.
They are part of a group of about 20 growers between Coffs harbour and Maleny who are trying to promote coffee from the region under the marketing umbrella of Australian Sub-tropical Coffee. The group is continually growing and has strict quality control measures in place at all stages of production.
“We’re trying to establish this for the area, so that it’s known not just for macadamias but for great coffee as well... A lot of people in Australia still don’t know we grow coffee here (in Australia),” Greg said.