Sheep milk brings different flavour to new Blue River Dairy cafe in Invercargill
Coffee, cheese rolls and milkshakes are all part of the quintessential Southland cafe experience, but at a new Invercargill cafe they come with a twist.
All three products at Blue River Dairy's new cafe are made with sheep milk.
The Invercargill-based company, which was sold to its new Chinese owners earlier this year, will open the doors to its new Nith St cafe on Saturday.
Sales and marketing director Gareth Lyness said it would be a unique experience.
Opening to coincide with New Zealand Cheese Month, the cafe would also offer tasting experiences in a similar way to wineries and breweries, Lyness said.
"It's sort of a re-opening and we're doing things a bit differently," Lyness said.
"Sheep milk is really the key point of difference," he said.
He hoped the sheep milk coffee would bring with it word-of-mouth success.
"If it's successful, people give them that story to tell," Lyness said.
"Within the local community we can engage more with that point of contact."
Blue River is also offering Southlanders the chance to have their own cheese rolls on the menu by holding a Facebook competition to see who has the best recipe.
The cafe will be open from Tuesday to Saturday.
While sheep milk may not be everyone's cup of tea, Lyness said a lot of people who experienced problems with digesting lactose had more success with sheep milk.
"Cow's milk takes four hours to digest, whereas sheep milk is 45 minutes."
Producing milk powder and artisan cheeses, Blue River Dairy is also looking to make its sheep milk infant formula available to New Zealand and Australian buyers.
The company has been selling the formula in China since September, but there are different requirements to meet for New Zealand and Australia's infant formula specifications.