Banbury area cafe serves unique camel cappuccinos

Anna Pearce, owner of the Monkey Bean Cafe, riding a camel with Joseph and Rebecca Fossett, stood on either side of her. (photo by Hélène Dubber)

The product has been used to make several hot drinks, including cappuccinos, lattes and hot chocolates, and has found great success with customers.

Anna Pearce and Tom Coleman, owners of Shenington-based Monkey Bean cafe, came up with the idea after discussions with two of its regular customers.

Idlicote couple Joseph and Rebecca Fossett established the UK’s first camel milk dairy in April this year.

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The Monkey Bean cafe near Banbury brought an exotic touch to its menu by adding camel milk as an alternative to cow’s milk. (photo by Hélène Dubber)

After 20 years living off camel racing, camel trekking, television and movies, the couple turned to animal husbandry due to high demand from the public.

Joseph said: “People contacted us every week to ask if we were selling camel milk.

“They were telling us about all these amazing health benefits that they thought they had from milk, which prompted us to consider the idea of ​​producing it.

“We discussed the idea for a while but never got there, so when the lockdown hit and our camels couldn’t run or hike, we figured that would be the case. perfect opportunity to start. “

The Monkey Bean cafe near Banbury brought an exotic touch to its menu by adding camel milk as an alternative to cow’s milk. (photo by Hélène Dubber)

Growing up working in a circus, training lions, elephants and tigers, Joseph turned to camel breeding in Warwickshire.

The couple sell their milk for £ 20 a liter, more than 60 times the UK average farm gate price for cow’s milk at 32.5 pence.

This is in part due to the fact that camels produce only 2-3 liters of milk per day, compared to dairy cows which produce up to 60.

Rebecca said: “You can import camel milk from other countries, but you buy something that is already frozen or broken down into powder.

“Our camel milk is the only product in the country that is entirely raw and comes directly from the camel, which allows it to retain all of its vitamins and benefits. “

Just eight months after starting their camel herding journey, Joseph and Rebecca also started selling camel urine for £ 30 a liter, which is believed to have health benefits similar to milk. camel.

When Anna heard about their products, she wanted to offer camel milk as an option to her customers.

She said: “Joseph and Rebecca are regulars in the cafe and over the past year they have brought the camels here to promote their trekking business.

“When they told me they were going to start producing camel milk, I thought it might be a good addition to the menu, so we tried it all in one go.

“Camel milk has proven to be popular with customers and many people have come specifically asking for it, so we decided to start serving it more regularly. “

The cow’s milk alternative is often described as having a sweet, slightly salty and creamy taste.

Anna added: “You get that sharp separation between people who are adamant they’re not going to try it, and those who are up for something a little different.

“I was quite reluctant to try it at first, but it’s actually really cool.”

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