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.
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