Hi, I'm Crispin, a craft cider maker in the Exeter area of Devon, England. I'm spearheading a resurgence in Exeter's neglected apple varieties and orchards. For many years now I've helped run engaging community projects supporting local orchards. Now I'm cranking it up a notch (literally) with unique custom-built equipment, making Proper Westcountry Cider handcrafted exclusively from the distinctive apples of this region.
I like traditional organic orchards, the hidden neglected ones with the old forgotten varieties.
Since I personally hand pick my apples, I'm able to select the best fruit at the peak of ripeness. I whisk bootloads down the Devon lanes in my little van. I manually grade, store and clean 'em myself.
Apples that don't make the grade go to the pigs. I cut out the bad bits and they go with the Rotters and orchard debris to the compost. Nothing is wasted and even the pressed apple pomace go to our rare-breed cows as a tasty treat.
The unadulterated juice is fermented slowly over the Winter in an old cob built apple store (cider barn). I prefer not to fine, microfilter, carbonate or pasteurize my cider for a more authentic genuine taste of Devon. No concentrates, sweeteners or preservatives; rather pure juice cider with natural living yeasts.
I have developed my own method of bottle conditioning (like Real Ale), which adds a natural light sparkle. It does however require a teaspoon of sugar, like the Traditional and Champagne Method, which I hope purists will forgive. With a little care during storage and dispense, really exceptional cider results.
I have a little van and will personally supply good independent pubs, licensed retail outlets, festivals and events. Being proper cider, from local apples, everything's seasonal and it's not a supermarket-shelf type of operation (sorry no eCommerce, just message me direct).
I do 10 and 25 litre returnable polypins (plastic tapped barrel) as well as Bag-in-box in 10 and 20 litres. I can do bottles in 50cl and 75cl, which can be returnable. I don't hold much stock though, so you need to think ahead.
Please contact me on the email above (top right) to let me know your requirements. I'm quite flexible and will customise products/delivery specifically for you, providing it's worth doing so.
Thanks for your amazing cider and juice and support at the weekend - Anne-Marie Culhane,
FLOW: A river orchard on the EXE
Mmmmm, I remember when cider used to taste like this - Cafe Owner, West Town Farm Apple & Pumpkin Day
Class in a glass - Simon Bates, Killerton Apple & Cider Festival
It went down really well, esp. with the food. We were really busy, every table was full.
- Boatyard Bakery
Yours was most popular; it's all gone, but we've still half a box of the other.
Dad wants some more for the weekend, even though we've got other leftovers.
- Real Food Store
Its epic. Proper. Cider sold really well. - The Arcade, South St
Your cider sold out first. - Park Life Heavitree, Beer Tent
Your ciders lush crispin! Smokey and not too dry. Really one of the nicest ive had! Thanks again!
- Lou Duds, Mums Workshop
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