At Southsea Coffee it's important that all of our products and ingredients we use in our food and drinks are of the best quality and even better locally sourced. With this in mind, we sent Ben, Stanley and Faith 20 mins down the road to Northney Farm to find out more about our milk and where it comes from. Here's the lowdown from Faith...
We were shown around by Northney's sales manager Kevin (you may have seen him delivering our milk during the week) and he explained that the farm is a 5th generation, family-run dairy farm with a single herd of 120 Ayrshire cows (that's white and brown to me and you!)
Kevin told us that the cows mainly live and graze in the fields and the farm concentrates on the production of milk and ice cream for its customers. However, throughout the year they also make silage in order to feed the cows in the winter, when they're inside keeping warm. We were really lucky to see the cows grazing in the fields as they were being brought in at the end of the week, they even ran towards us to say hello (which was only slightly terrifying!)
Every single step that goes into making the milk and ice cream happens on the farm grounds and each cow is milked individually and has a tag that allows the team to know when to stop milking. They then pasteurise the milk onsite and bottle it.
It was interesting to hear that all the different aspects of production - from the feed, to the pasteurisation, affects the taste, natural sweetness and creaminess that we find in every single bottle. Because the milk is so fresh, they don't have to pasteurise it at such a high temperature meaning none of the natural sugars are burnt which is one of the reasons why our milk based drinks don't tend to need sugar.
What about the ice cream? Have you tried one of our ice cream milkshakes? I understand even more now why they're so delicious! To be completely honest the ice cream was probably the best bit! We got to see the room where they make it and also where they come up with new flavours so of course we had to try some. I tried the Wild Cherry and the boys tried Salted Caramel...Kevin had chocolate because that's his favourite and of course it'd be rude not to join us.
It was really great to learn and understand more about the importance of not only locally sourced, but free range milk and we feel lucky that it's something that we can offer as an option for you all. A big thank you to Northney for having us and we look forward to visiting you again soon.