YOU BEAUTY: Nat Byron of Nat’s Coffee in Alstonville has taken out the gold medal in the organic class at the annual Golden Bean Awards. He’s also claimed two silver and a bronze.
YOU BEAUTY: Nat Byron of Nat’s Coffee in Alstonville has taken out the gold medal in the organic class at the annual Golden Bean Awards. He’s also claimed two silver and a bronze. Doug Eaton

It’s bean my pleasure to win coffee award

ALSTONVILLE coffee king Nat Byron has cleaned up at the annual Golden Bean Awards, claiming four medals including a coveted gold.

After years perfecting his organic coffee grown on a Byron Bay plantation, Mr Byron said winning gold was an awesome reward.

"I have won the Golden Bean before for the overall winner but I had never won the organic section before," he said.

"All the best coffees in the world tend to be the organic ones, so it's a very hard class to win.

"Every attribute it needed for the espressos that were poured it had; it was a really amazing coffee."

Making the perfect coffee is all down to good ingredients, the mixing and roasting, according to the Nat's Coffee proprietor.

"It's all down to how you mix the beans and how you roast them to get the best coffee you can."

But the grower, harvester, roaster, barista, trainer and coffee machine serviceman doesn't want to stop there.

He said he wants to put the Northern Rivers on the global coffee map.

"My passion is in this local organic coffee and I would like to get it recognised like all of the well-recognised coffee-growing locations in the world.

"There's particular estates around the world that are recognised and I'd like to get it like one of those estates when every year we grow the coffee people around the world want a bag."

At the 2007 awards, Nat's Coffee took out the coveted title of Golden Bean champion, won this year by Proud Mary with their Ghost Rider coffee.

The awards ceremony was held last Saturday.

winners

Northern Rivers Golden Bean medal winners:

Nat Byron - Gold - Organic class

Nat Byron - Silver - Australian class

Nat Byron - Silver - Filter class

Nat Byron - Bronze - Milk based Latte class

Mark Bullivant - Byron Blue Estate- Bronze - Australian Class

Mackellar Range Coffee - Bronze - Australian Class



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