In the early 1980s, Sebastian Anthony Nucifora inherited a large sugarcane field from his father. At that time, due to the poor market for sugarcane, the income was low. He who had always liked tea drinking suddenly had the idea of establishing a tea plantation and quickly put it into action. After a long period of investigation, breeding, and cultivation, Nucifora Tea Plantation was built at the end of 1985. During this period, he overcame difficulties that ordinary people could not imagine.


Early in February 1985, the Nucifora family began picking tea seeds at Pat Byrnes Old Tea Plantation. The crew struggled against green ants and raspberry bushes to pick 4,000kgs. These seeds were taken to Cairns to be kept in cold storage until anticipated planting in early April.


In January 1985, Sybbie and Sam completed half of the arduous task of drilling holes in plastic coverings. They burn cardboard wrappers around polyethylene rolls every day. On this special Saturday, during their lunch break, the shed caught fire and the shed and thousands of dollars worth of plastic coverings were burned down. They had to grit their teeth and start again. In 300 rolls of plastic, each roll requires approximately 3,000 holes.


When they were ready to sow, some of the previously picked seeds had germinated in the bag, rendering them unusable. Fortunately, we obtained the best seeds through other means. At that time, although young tea was free of insect pests, how to control weeds and make the tea plantation reach the harvest period after about four years was a challenging task. The combination of care, patience and capital is the decisive factor for the success of the tea plantation.



In China, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and other tea producing countries, tea is hand-picked. Farmers in these countries have lowwages but in Australia wages are much higher. The biggest reason for Nucifora’s success is the inventiveness of Sybbie Nucifora. Sybbie designed and built a mechanical tea picker.


The process of providing high quality fresh tea for your family is a labour intensive business which Nucifora’s has clearly turned into a labour of love. The tea estate is about 120 acres in size and is divided into 3 sections. Harvesting tea is a continuous process and takes place every 21 days. We only pick the top 2 leaves and buds so that only the finest and freshest leaves are harvested.

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7 thoughts on “HISTORY AND STORY

  1. Such refreshing, tea!! Visions of beautiful NQ hinterland with each sip. We have just returned to the US where we are ‘short-term living’ for work., after enjoying a holiday back home in Aus. Received Nucifora Tea from my sister who had recently travelled to NQ. Have just enjoyed our first pot. The tea has good body (3 tsp in my pot!) but is so light on the tongue without any tannin taste. Addicted immediately!! Amazing taste. Thank you Nucifora family and co. for producing such an exquisite tea from a long time tea-drinker with many different tea-sipping experiences behind her.

  2. Ran out of my Nucifora tea last week, so yesterday I picked up a new 1 kg bag in Ravenshoe. Though I do drink green tea at times, and coffee first thing in the morning, I’ve stuck with Nucifora’s black tea for about fifteen years now. Perfectly delicious, and chemical free as well.

  3. I also drove past and bought a pack of tea via the honesty box, it was a week or two and back down to Tasmania before I was able to use my tea pot and WOW
    Best tea I have ever had
    Well done team!

    1. Thank you for your comment.
      May you be happy every day.


  4. Thank you for such wonderful reply Rhonda, I am Tiffany, and I am currently managing the website for the companies.

  5. Hi there, We purchased a 100gr Black Tea recently from yr Roadside Honesty Shop while we were travelling around up north. It is lovely tea. Shared it today with a few family members, and they all enjoyed it. I will be looking at buying some to put in my Xmas Baskets of goodies.

    1. Thank you so much.

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