Our farm overlooks the sacred Nimbin Rocks, Sphinx Rock and the Night Cap National Park. Nimbin, Protester Falls and the World Heritage rainforests of Terania Creek are just around the corner. Koonorigan means 'a lot of springs on top of the ridge' and this is why our farm always looks lush and green. The longitude is 153d 13' 58.8" and the latitude is -28d 40' 33.6", the most southerly region and virtually coolest place on earth where coffee can be grown. What others have in altitude we have in latitude.
This is challenging because the trees start to flower at the same time as the cherries are ready to be harvested. The flower buds are so soft on the branch that harvesting has to stop for a fortnight until the buds have settled. Our trees are known as K7, a variety developed especially for Australia from Kenyan Arabica tree. Coffee Arabica is known as the finest bean with the best flavours.
After purchasing the already established coffee farm in 2006 we applied sustainable farming practices right from the start. We don't use any pesticides, fungicides nor herbicides. As a member of 'Soilcare' we know that a healthy soil means healthy trees. We are constantly improving the quality of our soil by using organic fertilizers.
Parts of the farm are covered by rainforest to provide a large biodiversity which again is good for
Equally important as the growing conditions is the harvesting and processing side. Coffee beans are protected by three layers of skin and one layer of mucilage, which have to be removed before one can roast the bean.
The harvesting period in our region lasts from start of September until end of December. During that time our coffee beans go from red cherries with lots of pulp and high moisture content to dark brown cherries with lots of sugars but nearly no moisture left. Due to these completely different characteristics of our cherries during that long harvesting period it is important to have several options available to optimally process the harvested beans. We can proudly say that our processing, drying and hulling facilities are state of the art. On the factory side we also use sustainable methods: the water we need for processing is collected rainwater and the pulp and husk is used as fertiliser.