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.
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.