Country of Origin: Ireland
Region: Cork
City / Village: Coolea
Type of Milk: Cow
Cheese Style: Hard
Flavor Profile: Medium-strong

In the late 1970s, Helene and Dick Willems moved from the Netherlands to Ireland and bought a farm in a remote part of the country where Irish Gaelic is still spoken. Cheesemaking began as a hobby but increasing demand from neighbors and eventually from shops turned it into more than that.

In 1991, Helene and Dick's son, Dicky joined them in cheesemaking, taking over full cheesemaking responsibilities a couple of years later. Today, Dicky and his wife Sinead carry on the family cheesemaking operation with their daughter, Shona, occasionally lending a hand after school.

True to the family's Dutch origins, Coolea is a cheese made in the style of Gouda. Dicky sources milk from Daniel Lynch, a farmer with a herd of Friesian-Holstein cows that graze on rich bog land. Firm, with an occasional crunch from denatured protein clusters, Coolea has great depth of flavor with a balanced sweetness reminiscent of salty caramel.

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Product ID: 02933
Price: $18.48 / ½ lb
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