Consultancy making Gouda cheese

Kaas consultancy door Esther van der Zeijden

Esther is active in the Netherlands and abroad in providing cheese training and further education for Gouda cheese makers. The consultancy is aimed at:

  • Farmers who want to become familiar with the cheese making process,
  • Farmers who want to set up a cheese dairy,
  • Companies that run into cheese problems/defects,
  • NGO’s that want to support local men and women through the knowledge and skills of KaasEs

Esther: passionate food technologist

Esther is a food technologist and making Gouda cheese is her profession. She has worked in the food industry and has come to her passion through various peregrinations: making Gouda cheese and teaching others how to make Gouda themselves in a professional way.

Esther can tell you everything about the cheese making process with passion and does this with great pleasure during workshops, consultancy, training and lessons. She does this as a trainer, advisor and teacher. She likes to work with all kinds of different groups, ranging from farmers, cheese makers, individuals and school classes that will be trained in cheese making. She works both in the Netherlands and abroad.

Esther loves working with people and teaching them all about the process of making Gouda Cheese. She does this by explaining both the theoretical and the practical part.

She has a warm heart for NGOs and likes to work together to make the world a better place.

Kaasmaakster Esther van der Zeijden


Rani farm

RaniFarm is part of Sezer Group (Turkije).

Assignment: Increasing the technological knowledge of the cheese makers and training them to make the cheese makers even more skilled in producing the Gouda cheese they already produce. In addition, there were a number of cheese defects and practical process issues that needed to be addressed. These issues were solved with the help of Esther.

Result: Happy cheese makers who have become even better at their work. The cheese problems/defects have been tackled with an increase in turnover.

“I personally appreciate people who love their job in the world. During the time you worked with us, Esther provided a very good training to our staff. She is a very good instructor, patient, tolerant, friendly. We would like to work with her again every year to increase the knowledge of our employees about production. I congratulate her for her dedication to her job and I thank her for the benefits it provides to the our employees.”

Mr Yılmaz SEZER
Chairman of the Board of SezerGroup

Making Gouda cheese in Turkey

Curious about the experiences of RaniFarm? For references, I refer you to Kadri Arican ( 532 226 69 86)


NGO in Libanon

Assignment: Supporting and training women in setting up their own cheese production company.

Result: Esther led the “Lebanese CheeseBees” project. This project focused on training Lebanese women in the context of the WOMB (Women Owners of Micro Businesses) initiative. The WOMB supports women in starting their own business. During the training, Lebanese women were trained and made skilled in producing Gouda Cheese, so that they can independently set up a financially profitable business and pass on this knowledge.

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“Esther provided a cheese making training from Lebanese Women under the Lebanese Cheese BeesProject implemented by the Center for Development, Democracy and Governance – CDDG in Lebanon, and financed by North Farmers Lebanon (Mokhtarona).The aim of this project was to train cheese makers in order to enable them learn new skills and generate additional income especially in view of the actual economic crisis in Lebanon.Esther was very compassionate with all the women attending the workshop, and with her smile, she was able to remove the language barrier between them.Esther is very knowledgeable about the cheese. The theoretical part of the workshop was “spot on”and contained all information necessary to make Gouda cheese. Her mastery of the cheese making process shows the obvious experience she has in the domain.On behalf of CDDG, our donor North Farmers Lebanon (Mokhtarona) and the trainees we would like to thank Esther for this wonderful experience. Looking forward to future collaboration in different fields.

Makram Khoury
Executive Director CDDG

Making Gouda cheese in Lebanon

Curious about the experiences of this NGO? For references, I refer you to:

  • Margueritte Farah – Chairman of CDDG 3 416 603
  • Makram Khoury – Executive Director 71 737 351


Would you like to know more about the possibilities of working together? Feel free to contact Esther to discuss the possibilities.