This tour provided our small group with insight into the art of blending and roasting Di Bella signature coffees. We had a fantastic time and enjoyed a cup of coffee of our choice to sip on as we toured Di Bella.
Di Bella Coffee Tours Open to the Public. Photo taken by Selina Shapland, 2015
From Crop to Cup tour - 45 minutes
The tour began with an introduction to the coffee plants/trees that they have planted in a small section outside of the factory. Our host, Matt, took us out to the coffee bushes/trees and picked off some berries to show us the ripening process.
The berries are green, turn yellow and end up being a flush red colour. He demonstrated that if you squeeze the outter flesh the raw coffee bean pops out into the palm of your hand. He told us all about how the coffee beans are harvested, some picked by hand and others by machinery that moves along the bushes/trees. Matt also told us about he organic farming of coffee.
We moved in to the factory where Matt began to show us the process of roasting raw beans to create the coffee we drink. Apparently roasted coffee beans give off gases in the first 4 to 7 days or something like that and that is the ideal time to be grinding the beans down to create a delicious brew.
Crop to Cup tour, Di Bella Coffee, Bowen Hills. Photo taken by Selina Shapland, 2015
The coffee beans come from all over the world and Di Bella have used them to create their own signature coffee options. When you walk into Di Bella you will see a cool fridge on the right. This is where their coffee blends are held. You can buy fresh roasted coffee blends to take home and enjoy. Matt recommended that when you are ready to make coffee with your beans, that you take them out and allow them to come back to room temperature before grinding. I can't remember why that was important, but it was.
He also mentioned that it is best to place the beans in the fridge and not the freezer. This will keep them fresh.
I found out that it only takes between 12 minutes and 18 minutes to roast coffee beans with their equipment and it was fascinating to watch this being done. Here is a photo and video I took of of the roasting process on the day.
Coffee beans roasted by Di Bella on the Crop to Cup Tour. Photo taken by Selina Shapland, 2015
Matt also told us that the darker the bean, the less caffeine, so if you want a nice strong espresso, look for the light brown beans.
Video recorded at Di Bella Crop to Cup Tour by Selina Shapland, 2015
Di Bella Factory has a roasting area, packing area and a testing area for quality assurance. They make, produce and sell their own coffee. It is a wonderful operation with lots of interesting facts about coffee.
They run group tours and offer courses where you can come along and learn how to make a professional coffee with your own machine. They also offer training to help people become barristers.
The Di Bella Coffee Drive Thru in Bowen Hills. Photo taken by Selina Shapland, 2015
Di Bella Coffee also have a drive-thru coffee shop for those on the move or you can enjoy a cuppa in their air-conditioned cafe!