Zest for life

This bright, sunny New­ton cafe is serv­ing up tasty food made from fresh pro­duce and work­ing its way to­wards the full ar­ray of Con­scious Con­sumer badges.

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Robert and Khim Agnew are old hands in the food busi­ness and their lat­est ven­ture, Zest Cafe, es­pouses their phi­los­o­phy for turn­ing qual­ity in­gre­di­ents into sim­ple, de­li­cious food.

“We joined Con­scious Con­sumers be­cause they for­malise the things we do any­way,” says Robert.

“We’ve been in restau­rants for thirty years and our sys­tem has al­ways been to put in the cus­tomers’ mouths the same things we’d put in ours.”

Robert ex­plains that at Zest they use eth­i­cal, or­ganic and fair-trade prod­ucts wher­ever pos­si­ble.

“Some say an egg is an egg but I think peo­ple are be­com­ing more dis­cern­ing and can ap­pre­ci­ate not just the dif­fer­ence in flavour but also the eth­i­cal rea­sons be­hind us­ing free range. I think the mar­ket is chang­ing in that di­rec­tion.”

Zest Cafe al­ready has six Con­scious Con­sumer badges and the cou­ple are in the process of work­ing out a sys­tem to have their or­ganic waste re­moved for com­post­ing, which once sorted will earn them an­other.

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