A Scottish tearoom is serving camel milk cappuccinos from this week for £2.40 in aid of a project helping Kenyan traders deal with climate change.
The drinks, known as camelccinos, will be served from today (Wednesday 29 May) at the Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow, with 10% of profits going towards a scheme for camel milk traders run by Edinburgh based charity Mercy Corps and funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID).
Camel milk is popular across Africa and the Middle East with most of Kenya’s camel milk being consumed domestically. It contains 10 times more iron and three times more vitamin C than cow’s milk and according to scientists it is the closest alternative to human breast milk.
Mercy Corps launched the project to enable 141 women camel milk traders near Wajir to boost their product’s shelf life.
The charity provided traders with solar-powered milk coolers, refrigerated transport and vending machines to help preserve the milk. The average 40C (104F) heat previously led to around a quarter of the milk spoiling.
Mercy Corps Executive Director Simon O’Connell said the impact of the programme is being felt all along the value-chain, enabling producers, distributors and traders to save money, make money and improve the lives of their families.
International Development Secretary and prosepective Tory party leader/Prime Minister Rory Stewart said the project is boosting business and creating jobs in Kenya and that if camelccinos become popular, “exciting export opportunities for Kenyan farmers” could open up in the future.
Willow Tea Rooms owner Anne Mulhern said the drinks were received well in tests and will be on offer throughout June, but could become a permanent fixture on the menu if they prove popular with customers.