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.
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.
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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