Australia is a country full of hard-working and passionate people. While we may not all agree on everything, one thing we all seem to come together over is our love of coffee! And we Aussies sure know how to make great coffee.
The History of Coffee in Australia
Australia has a long and rich history with coffee that began even before the country was officially founded! In 1788, when the First Fleet arrived in Australia, coffee seeds and plants from Rio de Janeiro were introduced to the country for the very first time. These plants were planted early but failed to take hold as a staple.
Australia, immigration, and coffee go hand in hand. As European visitors continued to flock to Australia’s golden shores, they brought with them their desire and expertise in the coffee trade. Mainstream Australian coffee culture began in the 1920’s with the arrival of Russian refugees, opening small cafes and selling beans. The Italians arrived too with their passion, espresso machines and a culture focused on community and gathering with coffee central to this.
In the early 1900s, coffee began being roasted in Australia and served in cafes. This started the barista trade in Australia, which has only grown in popularity in recent years.
Australians love their coffee!