My next assignment task was to create a chocolate dessert and match it with a wine from a restaurant menu. We are very lucky to have a wonderful restaurant, Potager, just down the road. They serve our estate coffee, Wirui Estate, and I pop in regularly to check supply and of course eat. Recently I … Continue reading Mousse & martini
The weekend has been spent in the kitchen, preparing food, shaking vodka and coffee and sometimes making a bit of a mess. During the weekend various friends dropped in, tried the food and drink and gave comments. I was doing all this for an assignment as part of my Master of gastronomic Tourism course. My … Continue reading Lemon Meringue Pie
The coffee cherries are ripening and conditions look great for a successful harvest. The year started precariously with extreme heat and dry and we wondered if any coffee would survive till harvest time. Luckily rain finally came, too much for some, and saved the crop and the trees. In August we'll be spending a day … Continue reading Coffee Ripening
Bobby arrived at our property in Carool 24 years ago and became an integral part of the farm and our family. It would have been impossible to manage the harvests and daily management without him here. Sadly he died yesterday after a brief illness and he will be missed by all of us. He had … Continue reading Vale Bobby Magee
Four weeks ago we were desperately waiting for rain to save our crop. The usual rain season here was dry and extremely hot and the coffee trees looked like they would curl up and die. Then in mid-March we had 300 to 500mm of rain in two weeks. This enabled us to get nutrients and … Continue reading A bit of rain
It's time for the annual RAS of NSW coffee judging. Roasters from all over Australia submit entries hoping to win the coveted Gold medals or Champion of Show. So for 2 days coffee industry professionals meet to taste the products from our peers. The coffee can be from any origin but must be roasted in … Continue reading RAS of NSW coffee judging
Carool, a place of everything in indigenous language is a lush, green sub-tropical area with expansive views from Byron Bay in the south and to Stradbroke Island in the north. Visitors often lose a sense of direction driving around the ridge line as every property provides a different vista. Situated on the NSW/QLD border in … Continue reading A weekend in Carool
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We planted coffee at Carool in October 1994. Two city people trying to work out farm life...
This stage of cherry will occur around July/August 2017. More ripening will be required before it is ready to pick.