Our tour guides were the husband and wife owners of the coffee outfit and were an absolute pleasure. We went from the growing of the plants to the picking of the berries, to the drying and processing of the beans, then on the the sweet smell of roasting and finished with plenty of coffee made by the in-house barista. We fully experienced, not to mention appreciated, the journey from tree to cup. Even though we partook in more espresso than we thought humanly possible, it sure beat watching a documentary on the topic.
As the fog rolled over the mountains just a few miles away, we basked in the sun, sipped our coffee and nibbled on some fresh tropical passion fruit, paw-paw and pineapple. Don't miss the savory muffins flavored with locally grown lemon myrtle or tomato bush chutney. For a special treat, go for a plate full of freshly harvested sugar cane to suck on for the sweet nectar.
Naturally, we couldn't leave without purchasing enough coffee to feed our addiction at home. Very few things beat drinking a cup of coffee after you know where it has come from and seen the process. The only thing that topped it off was the dark chocolate covered espresso beans that, frankly, didn't last very long.
Disclosure: We visited the coffee plantation as guests of Queensland Rail, but rest assured that all of our opinions, photos and caffeine-buzzes are completely our own.
[Photos: Rayme Gorniak for Jaunted]