Despite the southern latitude, the altitude and general subtropical climate with warm wet summers and cold dry winters make Tamborine Mountain a suitable location for growing coffee. Many gardens have one or two coffee trees and there is a small commercial coffee plantation producing good quality beans.
There is nothing quite like the smell of roasting coffee (unless it is the smell of freshly baked bread). Try the local brew at Mount Tamborine Coffee Plantation on Alpine Terrace where they grow, roast and grind their own coffee beans, or enjoy an excellent espresso or cappuccino at Cafe Montana on Gallery Walk where Norm is an excellent barista and uses coffee that is freshly roasted that day.
Tea and Coffee growing areas are quite often related. Just down south across the border in NSW near Murwillumbah, the Madura tea plantation produces lovely blends of local and imported black and green teas. Turn east off the main highway at Cudgeon to visit the plantation.
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