WITH 110 awards of distinction already and a further 13 medals, including a gold, from the recent Hobart Fine Food Competition, Byron Bay Coffee Company is the most awarded coffee company in Australia.
Owners Franco and Annie Ivancich now have their sights set on the next big food competition, the Royal Sydney Fine Food Competition.
They work relentlessly on the flavour and consistency of their coffees so winning 1 Gold, 6 Silver and 6 Bronze in Hobart was no fluke.
"There are 1500 different compounds in coffee and no 2 batches of beans are the same," said Ms Ivancich
"So the quest to improve and maintain consistency is one of the most important aspects of our business.
"We have just gone through a process of changing our roasting profile and have added even more flavour and body to our coffee."
The couple originally started out in 1989 as one of the original group of farmers to grow coffee on the North Coast of NSW.
In 1997 they started roasting and value adding to their beans and in 1999 they started winning awards as the Byron Bay Coffee Company.
"We were part of the original group of producers there at the beginning of the coffee renaissance," Ms Ivancich said.
"We established out brand and it has just kept growing as coffee drinking became more popular in Australia.
After building their factory on their farm at Newrybar in 2002 the Ivancich started importing organic certified and Rainforest certified beans from South America
"It makes us really proud to do so well against much larger international companies," she said.
"It's also rewarding to see how proud the locals are that we have won this award."
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