Starbucks bosses turn to Zentvelds to learn about coffee
THE biggest coffee company in the world, Starbucks, recently sent their Australian managers to Zentveld's Coffee to learn about the coffee-making process from start to finish.
The coffee plantation and roastery is located at Newrybar.
Ms Zentveld said she "learnt the hard way" how to roast the best local beans and the company has since won countless awards.
She said the Starbucks managers were given the opportunity to "immerse themselves in the land of local coffee".
"They tasted ripe fruit off the trees, drank pure single estate local coffee and were wowed by the roasting processes that they had never seen before," she said.
"The store managers and Sydney head office staff were delighted to see ripe coffee cherries on the trees, dried parchment in the field bins and the full insider's tour of Zentveld's coffee roastery.
"They really got to experience the story of coffee from seed to cup."
Ms Zentveld said the whole Zentveld family and crew were involved in the visit.
Espresso carts were also set up among the trees to serve coffee picnic-style.
The Zentvelds also said the Starbucks managers were impressed by the natural beauty of the Newrybar property.
With environmental sustainability in mind, one-fifth of the plantation is dedicated to local rainforest species, creating a wildlife corridor and creek line regeneration.