Meal kits to celebrate coffee regions
Italian coffee brand Lavazza and MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo have announced the launch of Nature’s Course – a limited edition at-home meal kit that highlights the importance of sustainable agriculture when it comes to climate change.
With three recipes designed for two people to cook over three nights, the menu celebrates the origins of Lavazza’s ¡Tierra! coffee range, inspired by Central America, the Amazon and Africa. These regions are supported through sustainability projects to help farmers manage climate change, as well as economic and agricultural developments in coffee-growing regions. For $20, the meal kits are available to order in NSW, Victoria and the ACT, with all proceeds donated to an Australian not-for-profit organisation to carbon-offset travel miles.
“The meals within our kit include ingredients that will raise awareness of climate change and the importance of sustainable farming,” Zonfrillo says. “We’ve brought attention to regions that the Lavazza Foundation supports through its ¡Tierra! projects and highlighted produce that is culturally significant to these local communities.
“For Central America, we’ve created a vatapá curry with annatto seeds, the Amazon is represented through a roasted pumpkin salad with tamarind – which is affected by drastic seasonal spikes – and finally, Africa via an injera bread with chickpeas.
“We can’t take our food for granted. Without substantial change from all of us, ingredients like these will struggle to flourish.”
During menu development, Lavazza and Zonfrillo enlisted the expertise of sustainable food systems architect Sascha Rust, who has dedicated his career to developing eco-friendly food supply chains. Rust educates chefs and restaurateurs around the world on the importance of sourcing ingredients ethically and responsibly.
“The threat of climate change impacting all aspects of life is no surprise, which is why it’s important to educate people on the incredible produce that the world has on offer and how sustainable agriculture can help continue its life cycle,” Rust says.
“Research has proven that extreme temperatures pose a critical risk to the future of crops, as erratic weather conditions significantly reduce produce yields, causing rotting and an increase in disease outbreaks. Not only is it damaging food quality and quantity; it’s having drastic consequences for local farmers and their communities.”
To purchase a Nature’s Course meal kit, head to atlasmasterclass.com.au