We have some more exciting news to announce here at Liv’s HQ! If you popped in to the shop over the weekend you may have spotted our wonderful new dining table filled with chutneys, jam, coffee and more! Starting this week we will be stocking a new little offering of locally made tasty groceries to jazz up your favourite dishes.
As a local business here in Solihull, we wanted to show our love for all of the other amazing local independents in and around the Birmingham area! We have had a great couple of weeks in talks with some fab little businesses that make yummy food and discovering all about their products and how they make them.
So you can get to know a bit about the makers we are collaborating with, here is a profile of all the products we will be stocking and the people behind them!
Bora Coffee are a brand new family run, independent coffee house based in Shirley, Solihull. Coming from a background in charity, the team at Bora run The Zuri Project Uganda, supporting locally led development projects in coffee growing regions in Uganda. A percentage of their profits goes back into supporting their charity and we are very happy to be working alongside them to sell their fabulous coffee!
We are proud to be stocking ‘The Bora Blend’, their own unique blend of three single origin African coffees; one from Cameroon, one from Ethiopia and one from Rwanda! (Trust us – it makes a beautiful mug of coffee!)
Make sure to try out their Shirley coffee house, the team are so friendly and they do an amazing sticky ginger cake to have along with your flat white. Read more about them here!
Haslucks Honey has bee hives in both Shirley and Stirchley and makes small batches of hand-harvested, top quality urban honey. Their honey is raw and unfiltered meaning it keeps all of its natural goodness and is full of lots of incredible ‘super ingredients’ such as vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, meaning its great on your porridge and is good for you too!
These guys are also doing their bit to save the bees, keeping up populations in urban areas and we are very proud to be supporting their growing brand.
Take a look here for a honey recipe – how to make spiced loukoumades, little baked bites that are a little bit similar to doughnuts. So tasty!
With their kitchen based in Herefordshire with a great view of the Malvern Hills, Myrtle’s Kitchen are based a little bit further away than some of our other makers but oh do their preserves make up for it! From fabulous mango chutney to their Chuckleberry Jam (we had to google Chuckleberries too!) and we are very proud to be stocking their award winning tasty preserves that are all made by hand and absolutely packed with flavour! They have even picked up a couple of great taste awards, so look out for the stickers on selected jars.
We are really looking forward to trying out their hot mango chutney with our next homemade curry… whether as a dip or stirred through the sauce we have yet to decide!
Read more about the team at Myrtles and see their full range of tasty products here.
Pips Hot Sauce
Pip is based in Kings Heath and started her hot sauces making business after craving some chilli with her dinner when eating out in Harborne. They now have an impressive range of stockists including Bodega, Brewdog, Cherry Reds and The Plough in Harborne… we are very happy to be added to the list! They also regularly sell at independant food markets around the Birmingham area, you may have seen them at Kings Heath farmers market- that’s where we found them.
From their best selling original all rounder, La Boca Del Diablo to their spicy barbeque La Barbacoa, Pip’s devilishly spicy sauces are handcrafted in small batches and are great drizzled over your favourite pizza, as a dip for some crispy fries or added to the sauce of a fiery prawn stir fry. How do you like your hot sauce?!
Take a look here for a little video on how to make a Brummie Mary with your Pip’s sauce!
We are all so excited to have teamed up with these little local makers, and we’ve had a great reaction so far from our customers, so watch this space for more to come!