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Review of North Queensland Gold Coffee Plantation

North Queensland Gold Coffee Plantation
Ranked #10 of 15 things to do in Mareeba
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Brisbane, Australia
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41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

We decided to visit this coffee plantation on a day trip around the Atherton tablelands it was our first stiop after driving up from Cairns so when we arrived there we need to use the rest rooms

We were very surprised when they said they did not have any public rest rooms so unfortunately we did not get to do the tour as it would have been around an hour for the tour and then we wanted to have coffee there so just could not hang on that long
We just felt that anyone visitng here needs to know they have to stop in Mareeba and use the rest rooms there before driving out to the plantation

It is a very small family attraction but they really need to have a rest room if you are inviting and charging the public to visit

Visited May 2014
2 Thank BMR18
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English first
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9 reviews
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“Much better then the over hyped places”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014 via mobile

This is the real coffee experience for real coffee people. Instead of constant pandering to tourists with gift shops over priced food or glossy advertising, this place lets their wealth of experience do the talking. It is a family run business which offers you a chance to tour the plantation with a family that have been doing it most of thier lives. Well worth the visit!

Thank Patricia B
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San Francisco, California, USA
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Best coffee in Mareeba! Saved our trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2014

Gold Coffee saved our coffee tour of Mareeba! If you care about coffee, tradition, quality, and want to experience local coffee trade at it's finest, Gold Coffee is the ONLY spot in Mareeba to get it. If you want a gilded experience for the masses, complete with an "exit through the gift shop" sign, follow the buses past this gem.

We know our coffee and spent the morning discouraged by the other large, commercial plantations and roasters that are advertised heavily in the region. Frankly, we were very angry at the lack of coffee expertise and souless pandering to tourism that we found at the other big three. In fact, we returned three coffee prepations and walked out of the larger operations in the region.

We were very pleased to have discovered Gold Coffee. When we arrived at this small, close-to-home operation, we were happy to have found the well experienced owner, in his weathered roasting shed, hand packaging his beans roasted to perfection in the small batch roaster. The equipment and the process is pleasantly antiquated and produces product that other larger operations can`t match. We received a warm welcome and a private experience, explaining the process from start to finish. The older gentlemen has been following the same process for decades. Open bags of green beens are found next to the roaster. These are hand fed into the roaster, then slowly heated and roasted for a time that is determined only by his experience and small samples that are drawn during the roasting process. These small batches are roasted to light, medium, and dark doness. The scale of doness is not the same as larger producers which are guilty of over roasting their products, resulting in a loss of complexity that only perfectly fresh roasted beans can offer. The nose of the freshly roasted bean conveys floral notes from the intact oils and brews stain the side of procelain cups while offering a mouth feel that is totally lacking with large scale producers; evidence of the perfectly retained oil content only experienced with small batch, fresh roasting operations.

We purchased all three roasts, which were taken by scoup from small containers of beans and hand packed, labeled, and sealed by the same hands that owned, operated, and roasted this fine product. A true treat that we will savor long after our beans are consumed. The highlight of our Mareeba excursion.

Please note: Don`t judge a book by it's cover when you arrive. This is a home and a small aging operation. There are weathered sheds, chickens, cats, and other quirky things found onsite. This is the real McCoy and not a tourist shop. Be prepared for the real people and process, not the Disney sanctioned tourist stop.

The only negative is that this seems to be the only evidence of true dedication to maximum quality of coffee trade in Mareeba. Other operations in the region that you will likely also experience boast about how many kilos they roast in a day, while forgetting the most important part. Exelence is not determined by kilos or profit on tourism goods. Exelence the found in a cup of Gold Coffee and the soulful quality you taste and feel with every sip. Thank you Gold Coffee for your dedication and holding true to tradition.

Visited January 2014
4 Thank Blake A
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Cairns, Australia
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Step back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

The elderly Italians here operate the place in the old traditional way. Not a "touristy place" rather unassuming local people

Thank Warwick J
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