Continuing with our supplier spotlight we can't wait to tell you all about our friend farmer Bryce and his fantastic dairy farm, Mossgiel.
Bryce and his family have been in the dairy industry for many years and it was through necessity that he chose to revolutionise his business. With the price of milk dropping to dangerous lows for the sustainability of his business, Bryce completely restructured his farm.
Bryce stopped supplying the large dairy companies responsible for the downturn and started offering milk direct from the girls at Mossgiel to local customers.
Removing all chemicals from the process Bryce's milk in non-homogenised. Pasteurised to legal requirements the end product resembles milk from a bygone era, thick and creamy and full of flavour.
The farm is located in Mauchline in Ayrshire, and is coincidentally the farm previously owned by Scottish word boffin Robert Burns.
This adds a touch of mystery to the narrative of this historic land.
Bryce began taking his milk around Ayrshire to be sampled by various local businesses and they all discovered his milk works particularly well for butter, ice cream and cheese. However another experiment with baristas at McCune Smith led to the discovery that the higher fat content in the milk makes it ideal for baristas to steam and use with coffee.
We tried this ourselves with Avenue coffee at the time and I was blown away by how delicious it was. Another happy coincidence is that latte art maintains its integrity for much longer, for all you budding photographers and instagram fiends out there.
Meeting Bryce and hearing his story and finding out about the positive work he is doing is very inspiring and once you've tried the product you will never go back so it was a no-brainer for us at Something Brewed when it came time to selecting our milk supplier.
As well as the over-all farming practices that Bryce is trying to improve, Mossgiel have recently launched a Crowdfunder to aid them in ending the use of single-use plastics. Bryce has been working hard researching the best method for them to switch over to a much more sustainable carrier for their product, for wholesale customers and retail alike. There's only a few days left on the crowdfunder so be sure to head over to http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/BYOB and help them reach their goal!