The first recorded coffee consumption in Australia dates back to British colonists arriving in 1788. Coffee growing in Australia commenced during the 19th century. The industry today consists of about 50 commercial coffee growers.
Most coffee production is located in north Queensland and north-east New South Wales, with a small amount grown in south-east Queensland. National annual production is approximately 600 tonnes of green beans from about 850,000 trees, which supplies about one per cent of the coffee consumed nationally.
High-quality products, low food miles and little to no use of pesticides and herbicides are some of the natural advantages of Australian-grown coffee. These benefits provide the industry with great opportunities to grow and take a larger share of the Australian coffee market.
The development of a Strategic Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan is a crucial first step in growth for an emerging industry. This Strategic RD&E Plan clearly identifies opportunities and barriers to industry growth and subsequent RD&E priorities for the industry. Strategic RD&E Plans for emerging industries are resources that can be used by industry to help drive investment and growth within the industry.
This Strategic RD&E Plan is the result of extensive desktop research and stakeholder consultation across the Australian coffee industry and pulls together specific recommendations for future investment to support the long-term growth and competitive advantage of the Australian coffee industry.