In the Atherton Tablelands, we are fortunate to have a number of coffee plantations. Several of the growers also roast their own coffee, so we can always get fresh coffee, either as beans or ground the way we want it. Recently, a friend and I went exploring some of these plantations, and ended up at the Coffee Works in Mareeba. Here, our palates and noses were well catered for, and we went home clutching our own little bags of future caffeine delight.
The Coffee Works has a few relics of the history of the coffee industry, including this magnificent espresso machine. I’m happy not to be the one who has to polish it every day. And, it looks like you’d have to be a darn good barista to operate this baby.