It’s a good news week for coffee lovers throughout Australia and overseas with Skybury Tropical Plantation’s annual coffee harvest on track on the Atherton Tablelands to deliver a bounty of full-flavoured beans.
This season will see the first harvest of new tree plantings at Skybury, which is the oldest commercial coffee plantation in Australia.
Skybury Tropical Plantation farm manager Mark MacLaughlin said he was expecting to harvest around 50 tonnes all up of the Red Bourbon and Yellow Catuai Arabica varieties.
“It’s been a good season with great uniform flowering of the trees resulting in impressive bean yields so we expect to be harvesting right through to mid-July,” Mr MacLaughlin said.
Skybury business development manager Paul Fagg said the new trees being harvested for the first time this year had been planted to meet the increasing domestic demand for Australian-grown coffee on top of continuing growth in overseas sales.
“This is the first harvest of our shade-grown coffee and it is very exciting,” Mr Fagg said.
The young trees are part of Skybury’s double cropping initiative with inter-plantings of papaya trees to improve the sustainability of its agricultural land.
“We can’t quantify the new trees’ contribution to our overall coffee bean tonnage until after the harvest wraps up in about a month’s time, but the trees are in great condition and they have lots of cherry (coffee fruit),” he said.
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