Online buying of local craft cider (cyder) with delivery to your door combines the advantages of buying traditional local farm ciders with the modern convenience of online shopping and home delivery to your door.
Recent trends in shopping have seen a steady move away from the traditional high street shop and towards online shopping with home delivery. Advantages of online shopping for local craft cider include:
Convenience – Online shops are usually open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so there is total flexibility and convenience in browsing their range of ciders and making purchases. Unlike going out to a traditional shop or market, you can shop in your pyjamas if you want to. There are no annoying crowds and no need to wait in a queue. This has particular appeal if for anyone with limited time to do shopping or who is unable to get to the shops or markets.
No driving and no parking – Online shopping with the cider delivered to your door saves on your use of petrol or diesel because it avoids the need to leave the house. It also means there is no hassle from having to find a parking place and no parking charge to pay. As well as reducing your household costs, it is more environmentally friendly.
Ease of sending gifts – Online shopping for cider gift sets is a great way to send a present. By having the cider gift delivered directly to the door of the recipient there is less carbon footprint, more speed and it is much easier for the person sending the gift. It is a great way to buy a gift secretly – for example, an anniversary gift or present for birthday or Christmas.
Ease of payment – Online shopping for cider makes paying particularly easy. There is no need to remember to take your wallet with you that has the right card or amount of cash. In addition, it avoids the need to handle money or card machines – which is an important consideration for anyone taking special precautions to avoid infection risks.
Easy bulk buying – Online shopping makes a bulk cider purchase very convenient – buying a case of craft cider at a shop, farmers’ market, rural show or food festival is not usually particularly convenient because of the difficulty of carrying one or more cases of cider to your car. Online shopping with home delivery to your door avoids that problem and is a very cost-effective and convenient way of buying craft cider.
Of course, there are also some potential disadvantages to online shopping such as losing the ability for a face-to-face chat about the product or the ability to have a taster before buying. On the other hand, unlike traditional shopping, it is simple to look at online reviews and read information about the product and any awards it has won – this is a great help in providing information and confidence about the product.
The great thing about buying local farm cider online is that it is usually easy to find opportunities to sample tasters – either directly with the cider-maker or at local farmers’ markets, food festivals, rural shows or other events. It also means it is much easier to get personal recommendations from friends or family about the cider. Further, the cider-maker is usually very happy to answer questions and provide help with purchases if asked by email, telephone, Facebook, etc.
That brings us to the many advantages of buying a local craft cider rather than a widely-available mass-produced commercial brand.
The most important benefits of local hand-crafted artisan cider made on a small scale relate to the excellence and uniqueness of taste and the close relationship of the cider to the local land and community – in other words, its provenance. Buying local is more sustainable, environmentally friendly, has a lower carbon footprint and helps to support the local rural economy.
Local delivery by the cider-maker of cider bought online, has several advantages over having cider delivered by a courier firm.
Care in transport – The local cider maker knows how to transport their own products. They care about their cider and will ensure that it arrives in good condition, without breakages – an important issue with anything in a glass bottle.
Knowledgeable delivery driver – It is possible to speak to the person delivering the cider. They will know about the product and can give advice, make recommendations and answer questions.
Flexibility – A local cider-maker delivery is much more likely to flexible than a courier and is likely to contact you about each order to check when delivery is convenient for you. If you choose, you may be able to collect the cider from the farm – which gives you the opportunity to see the location where it is made.
All-in-all, buying local craft cider online and having it delivered locally by the cider-maker combines the many benefits of buying a traditional hand-crafted premium local farm cider with the modern convenience of online shopping and home delivery.
If you are looking for great tasting hand-crafted Welsh ciders made in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan, browse our Vale Cider online shop.
On our family-farm we use heritage apples from our orchards to make traditional ciders, fruit ciders (in season), mulled cider (in season), apple juices and apple cider vinegar.
We are a Guild of Fine Foods Great Taste Producer and have won multiple awards.