Temple Cider, otherwise known as Paul and Jo, is a new and enthusiastic small-scale craft cider producer in West Dorset, close to the borders of both Devon and Somerset. When Paul and Jo moved to the smallholding of Temple Farm, they quickly decided to include cider making in their farming activities. Paul had experience of making wine, and Jo had experience of drinking cider, what could go wrong?!
Paul bought a rack and cloth cider press, and converted a farm building into beatifully clean cidery. In the autumn of 2019 they found a supply of wonderful cider apples ready for picking, in an old orchard that was inaccessible for machine picking, and so the cider-making fun began.
Temple Cider is made from 100% apple juice, freshly pressed on the farm. Natural spring water is used to thoroughly wash the apples prior to pressing, and the cider has no additives other than a carefully chosen cultivated yeast to ensure there are no nasty surprises in the flavour department.
Paul and Jo have striven to make the type of cider that they love to drink themselves: real, full-juice ciders that are delicious and refreshing. Looking to the future, they have planted a small orchard of 35 trees on the farm, including Kingston Black, Katy and Black Dabinett, and will plant further trees this year. The intention is to keep with small-scale production and they are enjoying planning future blends and cider styles they would like to experiment with.