The Australian Subtropical Coffee Association (ASTCA) represents the coffee industry in the lush subtropical region from Noosa in the north to Coffs Harbour in the south and centred on the Northern Rivers region of far northern New South Wales.
Promote public awareness, increase understanding, taste and consumption of Australian Subtropical Coffee
Provide education by disseminating research on processing and preparation
Provide a forum for the exchange of information
Render services to members and
Establish a central quality control committee to ensure the best quality of green bean possible.
Coffee has been grown in Australia for over 200 years but labour costs involved in harvesting by hand made it an unviable proposition. The resurgence in coffee plantations during the 1980’s and 1990’s can be attributed to the efforts of a few pioneers keen to develop a coffee of quality and the developments in mechanised harvesting.
In recent years Australian grown coffee has continued to gain recognition as the consumption of brewed coffee has increased and the distinctive qualities of Australian coffee have become more broadly recognised. There are two major production regions in Australia – northern New South Wales / subtropical south-east Queensland and tropical north Queensland. The coffee from each region has a distinctly different flavour profile due to their different climate and soil environments.
In 2022 the ASTCA sought industry feedback and review regarding its role in the coffee industry and has now become the Australian Grown Coffee Association (AGCA). The AGCA's role is similar to what the ASTCA's was, except it now represents the interests of all Australian coffee growers and producers, not just those based in the sub-tropics.
Australian subtropical coffee is grown in an area stretching between Noosa in the north and Coffs Harbour in the south.
Our pristine environment, which is free from pests and diseases affecting coffee and with soil and climate just perfect for growing coffee gives us the ability to grow coffee of superb quality and flavour.
Using natural production systems, we are able to meet community expectations for maintaining a clean environment and producing a pollution free coffee.
One of the advantages of growing coffee in the subtropics is the long slow ripening period. Coffees from other regions do not have the benefit of this extended maturation period. The cooler climate and distance from the equator gives our coffee a distinctive character increasingly recognised for its complex flavour profile, medium to low acidity and natural sweetness.