Our Delicious Journey

 
Our Delicious Journey
 
1988
Arabicas NQ began life as boutique roasters @Rusty’s Market every SAT (no Friday markets at Rusty’s till 1995). We have 1 souvenir product: Queensland Blue
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1990
Mail order requests are received from visitors who’ve discovered us on holiday, and one morning in the shower… Roast and Post springs to mind!
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1993-94
Arabicas NQ becomes Arabicas Coffee Australia. Our label is given a makeover, and we grow our range of local coffees from one to nine.
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1995
As a result of neighbours complaints about smoke from the roaster - Arabicas was relocated from our home, to ‘the Big Shed’ (now our café and chocolate shop) on Rodeo weekend 1995.
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Trialled a 2nd guests who thought our current stall was too tucked away and we’d ‘do better’ with Rusty’s stall - the stall lasted 5 months, and was trialled in response to higher foot traffic - the theory proved to be incorrect.
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1996
We purchased our 40kg roaster, which is still our main roaster to this day. The roaster was delivered from Brisbane, in pieces, with no assembly instructions provided. The only guide we had to go on was the Photos sent to us, of the completed Roaster.
Before this roaster, all of our coffee was roasted through a small 5kg roaster. An average week consisted of around 180 roasts. The 40kg roaster drops this down to 22!
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1998
Coffee Works opens its doors on Mareeba Rodeo weekend! The only products for sale were packs on coffee. We operated Monday-Friday with tours @ 10am and 3pm only. Some of our very first tours consisted of a sit down and chat, and could take up to 45minutes. There were no info boards, no Coffee World collection, no liqueur tastings, no chocolate samples, and limited coffee tastings.
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1999
We now open 7 days a week. A 2nd row of tasting pots added, meant more space was required - tables and chairs were moved to the grassy deck area; what is now our wooded back decks.
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Coffee Works Smithfield opens on September 9th.
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2002
Construction begins on the back deck area, now known as Coffee World.
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2003
Our café expands. Our newly constructed back decks become our seated Courtyard.
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2004
Sold the Smithfield café.
Re-branded our packaging from Arabicas Coffee Australia to Cairns Highlands Coffee.
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2005
Roastery is relocated to it’s current home.
Renovations start on the soon-to-be Chocolate Shop!
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2006
Chocolate Works opens April 1st!
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Renovations begin of the entire premises.
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2007
Our new café opens at Easter.
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Coffee World opens in August.
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2008
Gifts are introduced in August.
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Market Stalls commence a Yungaburra and Port Douglas, selling pre-packaged coffee & tea, and bulk chocolate.
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2009
BBQ lunches begin!
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We Bling it On for Frocktober!
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2010
MEGA Easter Eggs have arrived! We begin Design a Deco and Design an Easter Egg comps for the kids.
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Mmmm! Decadent Desserts are the Hottest thing on the menu.
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2011
We open the doors on our Cairns Gourmet Store in April!
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2012
High Teas begin in Frocktober.
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2013
Choctober begins
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Coffee Works Umbrellas and Travel Bags are the newest gift items.