Brew fit for president
A LOCAL coffee company is in line to win the pinnacle of awards in the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show.
High Trees Estate coffee, at Dalwood south of Alstonville, is one of six companies in the running to win the Royal Agricultural Society's (RAS) president's award having been named overall champion exhibitor in the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show, with its espresso short black coffee winning a gold medal in the coffee section.
Owners of the family business ? Philipp and Lynne Kreutzer, and Hal and Wilma Sherlock ? now wait for an inspection by two representatives from the RAS.
It's a big achievement to have made it to the that level of the prestigious competition, but, whatever the outcome, Philipp and Lynne say they are very happy with the results they already have achieved, as well as being 'surprised'.
Philipp said calls and emails from potential customers were coming through to the business the day after the gold medal-
winners were announced.
"It was almost an instant reaction," he said.
High Trees Estate was established 10 years ago and has 10,000 trees.
The farm is now certified organic, and the coffee is produced using only beans grown on-site ? something Philipp and Lynne are proud of, and committed to for the future as other producers choose to import beans.
There are plans to increase the number of trees to 30,000, and the company has taken delivery of a higher-capacity roaster.
For information on where to buy High Trees Coffee, see the website www.hightreesestate.com.
High Trees also received two silver medals and a bronze medal at the Sydney coffee show, while Zentveld's Coffee at Newrybar received three bronze medals, and Australian Estate Coffee at Alstonville received a bronze medal.