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If you want something fun to do on the weekend and are willing to drive just a mere 40km west of the lovely Gold Coast beaches, you will reach Mount Tamborine. The drive is stunning as the countryside is very hilly; it is like being on a very slow rollercoaster and actually having time to witness the beauty that surrounds you. There is lots to explore in the area and after a lovely day or driving around, trying the local produce and seeing the local sights you should definitely stop in at The Mount Tamborine Coffee Plantation.
It is a small boutique coffee plantation and roastery which is family owned and operated. The plantation specialises in manufacturing high quality gourmet coffee, and claim that the combination of rich volcanic soil, pure mountain water and high altitude help to produce spectacular coffee. These perfect conditions, mixed with the organic growing principles of the family means that the coffee beans from The Mount Tamborine Plantation are highly sought after throughout Australia and the rest of the world.
The coffee plantation also has a café gallery and is well worth dropping in for a cup of the wonderful coffee, and perhaps a slice of cake too! You can choose from either the MTCP Organic Coffee or the Black Magic Coffee. The MTCP coffee is a rich and smooth coffee which is grown organically on the estate. It has a moderate amount of caffeine in it, making it perfect with an afternoon snack. The coffee has a slightly sweet and caramelish flavour so you may not even need to add sugar. Apparently the coffee is naturally sweet because the beans are hand picked when they are ripe and are also processed by hand. The special beans are medium roasted so as not to lose any of the unique characteristics.
Then we move on to Black Magic, which has been sourced from the world's highest caffeine rated beans. The beans definitely offers a big caffeine hit, and history has seen various tribesmen drinking the coffee before activities that required stamina or alertness. These beans are roasted medium to dark which means that they come off with a full bodied flavour without being bitter.
At the café gallery, you can sit inside and admire the artwork from some of the talented locals, or you can sit outside in the fresh mountain air and admire the various flora and fauna. When I was there I chose to sit outside, and there were some beautiful birds flitting about. The lady who served me was sweet. She was friendly and energetic (perhaps she drinks the Black Magic Coffee all day long!) The coffee was delivered promptly and was the perfect temperature. The coffee was smooth and delicious, and the locals obviously seem to think so too as people kept coming in and greeting the staff member on a first name basis and ordering 'the usual'. If I was a local, I would certainly be going back for more, but I am from Perth so I had to settle for taking a bag of beans home.
If you are passionate about coffee (and art) then The Mount Tamborine Coffee Plantation should certainly be added to your to-do list.