Coffee grown in Byron Bay hinterland to be showcased in Australian embassies in Paris, London and Malaysia

25 June 2020
Category: Tips

article by: ABC News

Rebecca Zentveld taping up a box of locally grown coffee - Coffee grown in Byron Bay hinterland to be showcased in Australian embassies in Paris, London and Malaysia

Rebecca Zentveld taping up a box of locally grown coffee to be exported to the Australian Embassy in Paris.(ABC Rural: Kim Honan)

 

Coffee grown in the Byron Bay hinterland in northern New South Wales will be showcased at Australian embassies in Paris, London and Malaysia.

 

Rebecca Zentveld from Zentveld’s Coffee said it was selected after sending samples for taste testing to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

“We’re very chuffed actually, it’s quite exciting to be able to say our coffee’s off to the embassies and that there’ll likely be more to come,” she said.

Key points:

  • Byron grown coffee exported to Australian embassies in Paris, London, Malaysia
  • Zentveld’s Coffee back to normal roasting after severe COVID-19 slump
  • Best flowering in 32 years expected to deliver bumper coffee crop for 2020

 

“We’re sending 250 each of the coffees — our Byron Blend whole bean and plunger/drip ground coffees,— in 200-gram packets suitable for a small office or a gift.”

 

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A coffee tree laden with cherries is the result of a good flowering.(ABC Rural: Kim Honan)

 

The cost of COVID-19 on the coffee industry

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The Zentveld family roast coffee grown on plantations across the Byron Bay hinterland.(ABC Rural: Kim Honan)

 

While the roastery remained open during the pandemic, the business was severely hit by the forced shutdown of the hospitality industry.

Mrs Zentveld said they lost 60 to 80 per cent of their trade when cafes and restaurants closed overnight.

 

“But we’ve been very grateful with the interest from the home consumer deciding that they’re looking online and finding Australian coffee,” she said.

“The interest in Australian grown product has really shone through in this period, so we’re quite looking forward to the future now feeling there’s more awareness of supporting and seeking Australian produce.”

With the easing of restrictions at eateries, roasting has now returned to normal.

A good hedging and hemp seed the key to bumper crop

Coffee harvest on the farm in spring is expected to deliver a bumper crop with the trees laden with cherries.

Mrs Zentveld said the coffee trees blossomed after drought-breaking rain last November.

“During that late spring we got enormous flowering; the biggest flower set on our coffee farm that we’ve ever seen in 32 years,” she said.

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“Now we’ve got a lot of fruit set on our trees, and we’re just watching that coffee fruit slowly ripe until they become ripe and red by October, November.”

The grower revealed the key to the higher fruit set was a good trimming during winter and feeding the trees only organic food, including hemp seed husk.

“So what might be waste for another food industry becomes nutrient matter for our coffee trees,” she said.

“Otherwise we’re only putting on aged cow manure, eucalyptus bark, a bit of lime, not much else, it really is natural food.”

Rebecca Zentveld checks the 2020 coffee crop on the family plantation - Coffee grown in Byron Bay hinterland to be showcased in Australian embassies in Paris, London and Malaysia

Rebecca Zentveld checks the 2020 coffee crop on the family plantation at Newrybar in the NSW Northern Rivers.(ABC Rural: Kim Honan)