Australian coffee is usually associated with a rich, dark flavor. But what does it taste like? The truth about Australian coffee is that you won’t know until you try it! This blog post will help give you the insight to make your own decision on whether or not Australian coffee is for you.
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What is Australian coffee?
The history of Australian coffee
The history of Australian coffee dates back to the period after World War II when Greek and Italian immigrants left their devastated countries. They brought some stovetop coffee makers common throughout Europe, most other parts of the world, and superior in making a cup o’ joe compared with Australia’s utilitarian filter coffees at the time! The laidback culture meant people had more leisurely moments for sitting together or downing iced cola on sun-kissed beaches…but always made sure they got enough milk for macchiato creation.
Australian coffee culture
Coffee is not only a way of getting your caffeine hit but also part of the Australian culture. It’s uniquely different from other countries, with more than 1 million cups sold every day in Australia and total coffee sales adding up to $3 billion each year. Yet what makes Australians so particular about their coffee?
It has been widely claimed that this country boasts some of the best-tasting coffees around thanks to its affluent history – dating back as far as when Captain Cook discovered it for Westerners on his world-famous voyage through South Pacific waters (the 1770s). Despite recent closures by Starbucks due to low demand here, there are still many cafes across Sydney where you can enjoy an authentic cup brewed just how we like it!
Coffee regions in Australia
Most Australian coffee drinks are grown in New South Wales and Queensland.
NSW is the center of Australia’s growing culture – it has a subtropical climate with slightly cooler temperatures which allow beans to grow even longer- perfect for long runs! In addition, good water quality means that soil conditions aren’t too bad either (although there may be some colder days).
Meanwhile, Queensland is on the continent’s northeastern side closer to the equator than western parts like SNSW so while they have much warmer weather due to their location near tropical regions; plants experience fewer cold snaps.
Australian Coffee Varietals
The coffee that we drink is now very different from what it used to be. Back in the old days, there were only a few varieties of plants and beans grown around the world: Arabica was mostly found in Africa; Robusta grew everywhere else. But with this recent revival—thanks largely to Starbucks’ “Operation Humble”—we’ve seen an influx of new varietals all over cafés as far flung as your local Target! For example, Blue Mountain grows on Jamaica’s volcanic soil and Arusha thrives best at altitudes above 8500 feet (2600 meters). Caturra also likes its high-altitude gig but does well near sea level too because it has lower acidity than other cultivars like Bourbon.
The many different varietals, which are chosen based on their hardiness (and were consequently recommended for expansion into the cooler regions of Queensland and New South Wales), include some of these:
- Mundo Novo (Typica / Bourbon hybrid)
- K7, SL6, and other African/Kenyan varietals
Growing and Processing Australian coffee
Australians are forging their own path in the coffee world. A recent change to allow small-scale farming has given new hope for farmers who have been struggling with low output and high production costs due to Australia’s altitude, which is a whopping 1300 feet higher than that of its most popular competitor: Brazil. In response, many Australians are starting up smaller farms (fifty acres or less) where they cultivate single varieties like Arabica beans while still managing quality control by importing other types like Robusta beans from countries such as Colombia and Indonesia.
Mountain Top Coffee Company’s, double-pass process of drying and rehydration is unlike any other coffee cherry processing method. This designed process takes the time to dry on trees before taking them down for pulping but can be used with different types of cherries – wet-processed or cold-pressed alike!
The Mountain top company offers a unique way that all coffee lovers should experience: their dual pass system. Unlike most methods where they are taken off from the tree as soon as they ripen, this innovative idea lets these fruits continue to mature until just after harvest but then have another round through when getting in contact with water again during extraction processes so we know it tastes like straight outta Hawaiian honeydew fields well.
Why Australian coffee is so special?
The perfect blend of coffee and food is what makes the world go round. Coffee shops in Australia are no exception to this, with smashed avo on toast replacing sweets as a popular pairing choice. The café also offers raw protein balls or vegan veggie bowls for those looking to power up their morning routine before work!
In Sydney, coffee is served with smashed dishes and fritters. You can try different styles of coffee from toasted coconut to almond cream in a latte as well as the traditional espresso-based drinks that are often topped off with whipped or foam milk.
So you wanted that fancy coffee drink with a heart in the foam? Well, meet some of Melbourne’s most obsessive baristas who are passionate about delivering on their customers’ requests. They know all there is to know about different origin coffees and latte art; they take pictures! Baristas here earn fair wages regardless of size which promotes our Aussie culture.
Where to buy Australian coffee?
Dawn Patrol – McLaren Vale, Australia.
Dawn patrol is a small batch specialty roaster in the heart of Adelaide’s wine country that opens up one day per week; on Sunday from 9:30 am to 4 pm for free coffee tasting sessions and some good music.
Reuben Hills – Sydney, NSW Australia.
You won’t believe how much love goes into each cup served by this micro-roastery based out of Surry Hills since 2012! They travel all over the world meeting farmers and cupping their crops before picking only the best beans available making it worth every sip you take at 10 am Saturday’s when they open up shop for more than just your average coffee drinking session with tastings as well so don’t miss it!
Brother Baba Budan- Melbourne
Brother Baba Budan is an innovative and exciting place for coffee lovers. The best roastery in the country, Seven Seeds has been recognized with a number of awards including “Best Roaster 2017” by Australian Coffee Awards. They sell micro-roasters, green bean traders as well as all other equipment needed to brew your own cup at home or from their cute little shops if you can’t make it out there!
How is Australian Coffee different?
The Australian roast is more smooth, light, and caramel compared to the US coffee which tastes darker. The preference for quality espresso has increased in popularity over the past five years because of its smoother taste that’s not too bitter.
Is Australia famous for coffee?
If there’s one country on the planet that is famous for its coffee culture, it has to be Australia. Over the years, this Australian phenomenon has become home to some of the best tasting specialty brews in all of Oz and with a serious attitude about their java!
Is any coffee grown in Australia?
The coffee bean is a hardy plant that can grow in many different climates, even if it’s not the perfect environment. The Atherton Tableland in far north Queensland and southeast Queensland are great examples of this!
Australian coffee is a growing industry in an area that has been historically obsessed with caffeinated beverages, so it’s no surprise to see them at the forefront of both cultivation and roasting.
We hope you enjoyed this article on Australian coffee! We’d love to hear what you thought about it, or if there’s anything more that we should cover in the future.
I am Ralph Mason and I am a passionate coffee drinker. I worked as a barista for a few years and since 2012 I have been trying to convince as many people as possible of good coffee.
I started writing on the barista blog on RepublikCoffeeBar in 2018. It was a pure hobby site and I tested coffee products like coffee machines, beans, mug, and other accessories. After the first year, my blog is becoming a well-known coffee site with about 100 thousand visits per month.
In 2019 I decided to focus on RepublikCoffeeBar only. I became a full-time coffee blogger and was declared crazy by many.