The Jaques Family pioneered the Australian Commercial Coffee Growing Industry in 1978 leaving East Africa and bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to Australia. Nat Jaques was born in Tanzania and brought up on the family coffee plantation on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. His wife Linda born in Zanzibar was brought up on tea estates in the Highlands of Kenya. They arrived in Perth and drove around Australia looking for a potential coffee farming area. In Brisbane while researching the Queensland Agricultural Journals they found that coffee had grown on the Atherton Tablelands at the turn of the century.
Armed with this information the area was narrowed down and in 1979 Nat and Linda leased from the Government 80 hectares of virgin land west of Mareeba. A selection of the best cultivars of Arabica coffee were imported into Australia and one variety was found growing at the research station at Kairi, on the Atherton Tablelands. These 20 trees had been neglected for years and it was a pleasure to see that the trees were disease free. Nat Jaques labelled these trees Kairi Typica.
Again fate paid a bad hand and in 1986 with the Keating Government and the "Recession the country had to have" with interest rates at 22% on the 1 million dollars of borrowed money the Jaques Plantation went to Liquidation. In 1990 the never say die Jaques, bought on Auction a block of virgin land at Emerald Creek, Gilmore Road. The whole process of clearing the land, installing irrigation and planting a nursery saw the 2nd Jaques Coffee Plantation emerge. After 5 years and a beautiful flowering indicating a 20 tonne crop fate decided the Jaques needed more character building.
The Department of Primary Industries decided in their wisdom that as there was an outbreak of Papaya Fruit Fly in the region all coffee plantations must be sprayed. This in itself extraordinary as Papaya Fruit Fly does not affect coffee. The Jaques did not use any Insecticides or Fungicides on the coffee trees and informed the DPI that they did not wish the Plantation to be sprayed. Despite the protests, the DPI came onto the property and with motor bikes, mist sprayed the entire plantation with 10 consecutive sprays. Result - 50,000 coffee trees poisoned and destroyed. Their dreams shattered once again.
Undaunted and rather than use contaminated trees the Jaques started all over again for the third time with new seedlings and now have established 25,000 healthy producing Arabica coffee trees. A really superb example of Australian Coffee with a big BUZZ recommendation....try some now!
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