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Training is temporarily closed due to precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19.  This is a step we are taking to ensure we are protecting our workplace, employees and our customers. Please email us your interest and we will let you know dates that we anticipate re-opening training classes.

Montville Coffee is a multi-award winning Organic and Fairtrade coffee roaster located in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland ninety minutes north of Brisbane.

We create opportunities for students to gain insights from a local, sustainable food and agribusiness.

Montville Coffee is an organisation driven by questions.

  • How can we be sure that there isn’t child slavery in our supply chain?
  • How are our coffee growers responding to a changing climate?
  • How can we inspire young people to become thoughtful consumers and purpose-driven entrepreneurs?
  • How do we align our business strategy to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and measure and manage our contribution?

For nearly two decades we have shared what we are learning with students and educators.

We offer industry best practice barista skills and hospitality training, business case studies and hands on workshops.

All our programs are tailored to the needs of each group of students and are aligned with the new and redeveloped QCAA senior syllabuses.

“Business allows students to engage with the dynamic business world (in both national and global contexts), the changing workforce and emerging digital technologies. It addresses contemporary implications, giving students a competitive edge in the workplace as socially responsible and ethical members of the business community, and as informed citizens, employees, consumers and investors.”

“Business case studies stimulate student interest and curiosity” “provide opportunities for students to explore and further develop their comprehension and analysis of the fundamentals of business through an authentic business context” “provide opportunities for students to analyse, interpret and evaluate the creation of business ideas using an authentic business context.” 
Source: Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority website


In December 2018, we began to explore with Gillian Meyers, RTO Manager & Business Teacher, Unity College, Caloundra, how to break down the barriers between schools and businesses in order to improve student outcomes. Unity College students will visit Montville Coffee early in term 1 of 2019 for the first part of the business case study. Following that visit, teachers will reflect with Montville Coffee in order to build on that experience and plan the next stage of the case study approach later in the year and the following year. We are learning about these questions:

  • What effect would a single business case study explored over several semesters have on how well students achieve the key learning objectives of the QCAA Business Senior Syllabus? 
  • What elements of a collaborative approach between business educators and Montville Coffee leaders are the most effective in removing barriers between school and industry? 

Case Study: Montville Coffee inspiration and start upstage
Not Fair! Game and workshop
How does an idea become a business? Why do variations in economic performance in different economies exist? What is sustainability and why is it important for business? Explore in this interactive workshop and conversation some of the questions that led to the establishment of this innovative coffee roasting business. 

Case Study: Montville Coffee growth and maturity stage
Design thinking workshop 
How does a business use “design thinking” as an approach to innovation in their business? Follow the development of FIAL 2018 Food Innovation of the year product “Monty Cold Brew” from idea to market. 

Case Study: Montville Coffee leadership and management model
Is it more effective to manage people or systems? 
Explore the approach Montville Coffee has developed as a way to encourage everyone in the team to be able to have autonomy, to find meaning at work and to feel that they are contributing to something bigger than themselves. 

Case Study: Montville Coffee decision-making framework
Coffee capsules, yes or no? 
Businesses are always exploring new opportunities for products and services. How does Montville Coffee approach innovation? In this workshop, students will work through the decision-making process that Montville Coffee uses. In this case, should the company go into the domestic coffee capsule market? 

Sample Program
Brief introduction and history of Montville Coffee [5 min]
How does an idea become a business? 
Fairtrade Simulation - "The Unfair Game"

Introduction [5 min]

Hands-on simulation [20 min]

Reflection & de-brief [15 min]

Sustainability & Importance of 3rd party certification [15 min]

What is sustainability and why is it important for business?

What is Montville Coffee's vision for sustainability?
How do we measure our performance and what is the role of 3rd Party Certification? Fairtrade, Organic, Benefit Corporation (BCorp)

Refreshments / Q&A session [30 min]
Choice of a refreshing beverage (cold chocolate / cold brew coffee (caffeine free))

Possible key inquiry questions (Business Students)

Year 9 How do participants in the global economy interact? Why and how participants in the global economy are dependent on each other?

Year 10 Why do variations in economic performance in different economies exist? The links between economic performance and living standards, and why and how do variations exist within and between economies?

Year 11 Unit 1 Topic 2 Creation of business ideas. How does an idea become a business?

Year 12 Corporate Social Responsibility What is sustainability and why is it important for business? What is Montville Coffee's vision for sustainability? How do we measure our performance and what is the role of 3rd Party Certification?

90-minute program for up to 40 students $450.00 (excluding GST) booking includes refreshments - iced chocolate or iced coffee (caffeine free for students)
We require a 50% upfront non-refundable deposit with the balance due the week before the event.

To talk about a booking please contact Karen Barnett, BAH BEd, Director Montville Coffee 
mobile 0448 239 293

2018 Review from the Commerce Faculty – St Andrew’s Anglican College
“Our Year 11 BCT students visited Montville Coffee to broaden their knowledge of workplace sustainability. The program was very engaging and provided an excellent opportunity for the students to gain first-hand insights from those involved in running a business based on a Fairtrade framework. Students were able to see what we teach in the classroom applied to real-life scenarios, which is invaluable, and doing so in such a positive and encouraging environment was an added bonus. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us and for helping us inspire the next generation of business leaders.”

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