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Montville Coffee is a multi-award winning Organic and Fairtrade coffee roaster located in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Region.

Our mission is to inspire young people to see that business can be a force for good and to provide educators with a living, honest case study; field visits; incursions; excursions; and insights into a sustainable, Fairtrade Organic, woman-led business from ideation through to where we are now 20 years on.

Accessible and affordable

Through online video platforms such as Zoom, we bring our engaging, interactive workshops into your classroom making authentic, sustainable Business Case Studies accessible to every educator at an affordable cost per student.

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

Opportunities for your 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 been sharing what we are learning about these and other questions with students and educators.

Montville Coffee also offers industry best practice barista skills and hospitality training, business case studies and hands on workshops.

“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


QCAA Senior Syllabuses
Since early 2002, we have explored with local educators how to break down the barriers between schools and businesses in order to improve student outcomes.

With the release of the new Queensland Senior Curriculum, we are learning with educators about questions such as:

  • 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 educators and Montville Coffee leaders are the most effective in removing barriers between school and industry? 

BEAQ Business Educators’ Association of Queensland 

  • BEAQ State Conference 2019 Montville Coffee business leaders Karen Barnett and Kevin Fraikin key note speakers "Empathy Mapping - Students Connecting with Business"
  • Business Educators Industry Tour 2017, 2018, 2019 "Not Fair! Game and workshop"

2020 Case Study Program
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)

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?

60 to 90-minute program for up to 40 students $450.00 (excluding GST)
Includes consultation with teacher about learning outcomes and pre-workshop class preparation for workshop.

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

2020 Review from the Hospitality Faculty Sunshine Coast Grammar School - Erin Kennelly

"Montville Coffee brings a wealth of knowledge and truth related to the Organic Coffee Industry. The students were engaged and involved throughout their seminar.
Karen is a passionate educator who interacts well with students.

The PPT gave great pictures for students to also utilise in their article. Content married up well with the pre-written questions. Bean activity at the start gave them some insight into the Fairtrade issue/area of their article. Personal journey into the business world also great food for thought for them as a group and individually

For schools to have access to such an experienced business operator, that is a leader within the sustainable field, coupled with an education background, is a real win for schools."


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.”


Connecting you to a better coffee experience

We’re here to make sure that you not only get a great cup, but that those farms that produce the fantastic beans we use get a fair, honourable and sustainable reward. Why not book a coffee tasting experience today and find out how you ended up with such a fantastic brew.


Third-party certification cuts through empty words

When we say that as part of our company values we support our coffee farming communities and the protection of the environment, we don’t ask you: ‘take our word for it’. We want those values to stand on their own and want you to be able to rely on independent third party certification. Through our longstanding relationship with Fairtrade we have been able to witness first hand this transformative impact.