New partnership brewed between Mareeba coffee pioneers
Skybury Tropical Plantation has partnered with its neighbouring Mareeba coffee plantation, North Queensland Gold Coffee (NQ Gold) in a deal which will see both brands continue their successful operations.
Skybury Tropical Plantation general manager and head roaster Candy MacLaughlin said the deal was about two long-standing coffee pioneers and families coming together.
“This is an opportunity for Skybury to carry on the name of Mareeba’s pioneering coffee growing family – to protect and celebrate the history of coffee production in the Mareeba area,” she said.
Bruno Maloberti started NQ Gold in 1980, planting 30,000 coffee trees on former tobacco growing land.
NQ Gold manager Maria Maloberti said she couldn’t’ think of a better partnership as Skybury shares the same family-focused ethos.
“It upholds the same beliefs of family values, honesty and tradition that sits at the core of our business,” she said. “I know our long standing loyal customers will be as delighted as my father and I know NQ Gold rests in the hands of our good friends and neighbours of more than three decades.”
Maloberti said it would be business as usual for NQ Gold customers. “The family name of Maloberti and our roasting tradition will continue with what we have built since 1980,” she said. “Our fourth-generation coffee roaster from Italy will become a show piece at Skybury’s Café & Roastery and all NQ Gold coffee will continue to be roasted in it.”