First Juicing Contract Completed = One Happy Customer


Capture the unique taste of your orchard in a bottle.

Orchard Origins can make the most of your apple crop so that it can be enjoyed throughout the year.

We specialise in small batch processing (50-700kg)

We only press ripe apples giving your juice a full and aromatic flavour

We do not filter juice, ensuring a high level of natural fruit fibre is retained

We typically add a small amount of Vitamin C to prevent the juice from browning, but if you prefer we can refrain

Bottled juice is gently pasteurised, giving most juices a shelf life of two years

We use green glass bottles which helps protect your juice from premature deterioration

All proceeds go towards supporting the environmental and social aims of Orchard Origins.

Contact Julia or Laurence for more information at or call them on 01432 356872

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Apple Juice And Cider-Making Workshops

Tipping the pomace into the bladder press

Learn how to make your own delicious apple juice or cider.

Orchard Origins is running a number of workshops during the apple picking season on apple juice processing and cider-making.  The one-day introductory courses will take place at Houghton Court, a 200 acre working farm and Care farm, where we have helped plant an orchard of 250 mixed apple and pear varieties. It also where we have our fully-equipped Juicing Shed.

These are practical, hands-on courses that will teach you everything you need to know from tree to bottle.

At the end of the day you will take away your own blend of cider or juice to share with family and friends.

Apple Juice Processing Workshop 

Saturday 24 October 2015

Houghton Court, Hereford HR1 3HZ

10am to 4pm

£60/£50 Trust members

Cider Making Workshop

Saturday 21 November 2015 and Saturday 9 January 2016

Houghton Court, Hereford HR1 3HZ

10am to 4pm

£60/£50 Trust members

If you would like to get more details or book a place on a course please contact Julia Morton or Laurence Green on 01432 356872 or book online at

We Love Our Volunteers


Volunteering has always mattered to the folk at Orchard Origins. Starting off as a project at Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and then transitioning into a Community Interest Company (CIC), which it now is, volunteering has been the glue keeping operations going. Everyone who has come out with us has made an impact on what we do and is massively appreciated. Continue reading

Apple Juicing



Orchard Origins’ first apple juicing course was a huge success. The first half of the morning session focussed on the harvesting and storage of apples including the difference between ready to pick and ripe to eat.  Some apples – mostly early season varieties – are best picked and juiced on the same day.  Late season apples, such as the Bramley Seedling, benefit from storage to allow their more complex flavour to develop.

After coffee, Laurence Green Orchard Origins project manager,  conducted an apple tasting session in the orchard behind Lower House Farm. A bit like a wine tasting, apple tasting is an art that develops with practice.  Recognising the different layers of taste in an apple – sweet, sharp, bitter, sour and savoury –  is the key to producing a distinctive blend. A single variety juice can be delicious, but blending different apple cultivars will create a more complex juice with layers of flavour.

In the afternoon, the course moved on to the nuts and bolts of processing and juicing the apples.  Using  the hand scratter and press, five apple cultivars – Tom Putt, Tillington Court, King of the Pippins, Worcester Pearmain and Merton Worcester –  were juiced separately.  These were then mixed in different quantities and combinations until the group was happy with the flavour.  It was then back to the orchard to pick the apples for the final blend.  To juice a larger quantity of apples and speed up the whole process, the electric scratter and bladder press were used.

Finally, the juice was bottled, pasteurised and labelled. Everyone went home clutching bottles of Orchard Origins’ first Lower House Farm early season apple juice, a blend they had created themselves.

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Orchard Origins are running more apple pressing courses in the autumn as well as courses on cider-making. If you are interested, you can find out more here Apple Juicing and Cider-Making Courses.



Ready To Pick v Ripe To Eat


An orchard owner, whose apples we use for juicing, was perplexed as to why Orchard Origins’ apple juice tasted so much better than his own.  The apples, after all, were  the same variety; picked at roughly the same time and from the same orchard.  The answer was simple. He had pressed his apples the day after picking whereas Orchard Origins had stored the apples until January to allow the flavour to develop and as a result produced a far superior juice. Continue reading

Apple Juice and Cider Making Courses 2014/15



Orchard Origins is running a series of apple juice and cider making courses.

They are one day practical courses that will equip you with all you need to know to make your own delicious and unique apple juice or cider.

At the end of the day you will take away your own blend of cider or juice to share with family and friends.

The cost of the course is £50 and runs from 10a.m. till 4p.m.


Courses and Dates

Apple juice production:                       11th September and 2nd November 2014

Cider production:                                  13th and 23rd November 2014

Apple juice and cider production:     5th and 16th October 2014 and 24th January 2015



For bookings and further information please contact Julia or Laurence at or call 01432 356872




Spring Greens Fair

Orchard Origins has been busy getting ready for the Spring Greens Fair on 3 and 4 May at Court of Noke, Staunton-on-Arrow, Herefordshire HR6 9HW.  The Orgasmic Cider company kindly allowed us to use their bottling and pasteurising equipment for a day so that we could bottle our own cider.

The Spring Greens Fair is a great day out for all the family. You can watch demonstrations of traditional crafts, listen to live music and poetry, sample freshly prepared food and drinks or just stroll around the beautiful grounds.  Orchard Origins will be running the cider bar on both days, so come and enjoy our craft cider and apple juice in this magnificent setting.

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