For more than 40 years Bruno Maloberti and his family farmed 90 acres of rich agricultural land just outside of Mareeba. Bruno purchased the property in 1960 and for 20 years grew tobacco. However. the demise of the tobacco industry meant many farmers had to adapt and grow alternative crops. Combining their Italian heritage and a can-do attitude, the Maloberti's decided to explore traditional methods of coffee production and never looked back.
Thirty thousand coffee trees and numerous busy harvesting seasons later, the family were producing their famous NQ Gold roasted coffee beans for the Australian market. The farm was more than a business – it was a love affair with coffee, its traditions and the centuries of Italian heritage behind a good cup of caffe. The Maloberti family always welcomed visitors to the farm, where Bruno would conduct his wonderful farm tours.
That knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for the family’s coffee product has now be taken up by Skybury Coffee. The Maloberti and NQ Gold Coffee name lives on in the NQ Gold Coffee brand in a partnership that sees both Mareeba families continue their successful operations.
This is just another chapter in the long-standing relationship between the MacLaughlin and Maloberti families in Australia’s premier growing coffee area. Candy MacLaughlin, head roaster at Skybury Coffee now manages the day to day operations of NQ Gold coffee.