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Skybury Estate is known for its unique, high-quality processing of coffee beans. A process so advanced they can almost ‘design’ the taste of coffee.
Australian Skybury Estate
Skybury Estate, Australia’s oldest coffee plantation, is situated on the magnificent Atherton Tablelands plateau in the north-eastern state of Queensland. The cool climate at this altitude is ideal for the cultivation of first-class coffee plants. Skybury Estate is known for its unique, high-quality processing of coffee beans. A process so advanced they can almost ‘design’ the taste of coffee.
Skybury Estate has been managed by the MacLaughlin couple since 1987. Looking for the ideal place to live and work, in the mid eighties, the MacLaughlins drove across the whole of Australia by motorbike. When they discovered Atherton Tablelands in 1987, it was love at first sight.
Apart from a magnificent place to live, the vast plateau also proved to be the perfect location for growing coffee plants: fertile soil and a climate of mild winters and warm summers.
The quality of Skybury Coffee starts at the plantation where the crops are carefully cultivated. The mostly organic fertilisers are distributed through an intricate drip irrigation system. This means that the water and nutrients end up exclusively in the plant's root zone. The quality is strictly monitored, too: regular measurements of the carbon level show that the soil's condition has improved ten times in the past twenty years.
The coffee cherries are given ample time to fully ripen, but even after harvesting, nothing is left to change. Skybury Estate is famous for its quick and highly advanced methods of wet preparation. One of these methods involves the interruption of the fermentation process to allow the bean to retain a small amount of liquid. The bean absorbs this liquid during the drying process. The absorbed liquid caramelises during roasting and gives the coffee its characteristically sweet and chocolaty flavour. Marion MacLaughlin: ‘Our system combines speed and control to create the perfect cup of coffee with its own unique taste.
Country of origin: Australia
Coffee farm: Skybury Estate
Variety: Bourbon and Katuai
Cultivation altitude: 600 to 900 meters
Process: wet preparation