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DIY – Your Own Herbal Infusions

Spring is a time you notice new growth.  As winter recedes, from the bareness comes forth new growth and colour.  When you walk the dog or on those long weekend walks, a bit of foraging could bring new and natural tastes to your tea cup. These are only guidelines; please make sure you can collect/pluck…

10 Smart Business Advice I was Given

When I made the transition from the corporate to running my own business, there were elements I was confident about.  I knew my skills and experiences in planning, organisation and administration would be transferable into my new venture.  For the briefest moment I thought about studying a business course but that was only the briefest…

Productivity Tips for the Busy Tea-Lover

Every Sunday, you set intentions for the week ahead; plan, prepare and proceed!  Then Monday morning starts with a nightmare journey into work or the meeting you had been prepping for ages gets postponed.  Or if like me, you are self-employed the co-working space has poor internet connectivity and all your plans needs to be…

Hacks Every Tea House Should Know

Tea houses, tea rooms, tea bars are all on the rise right across the country.  Coffee shops are now offering a much wider selection of teas and infusions.  Cafes, delis and restaurants are offering tea with and after main meals. It’s a good kind of storm in a tea cup! It’s exciting to see tea…

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Tea

We have been drinking tea for such a long so why do we still get it wrong? Most of us drink more than 2 cups of tea a day and yet we seem to brew it quite badly.  Why? Is it because we make tea more out of habit and we aren’t even aware of…

A Day in the Life of a Tea Blending Expert

As we head towards launching our teas online, there is a lot to be done!  For this blog I will describe a day when the blending juices are in full flow.  Also I have been asked what a typical day of a tea blending expert is like, so here goes; The day almost always starts…

What is Ceylon/Sri Lankan Tea?

This tropical island in South Asia produces over 318 million kilos of tea (2009).  This has slowed somewhat over the last few years due to the global financial crisis, strife and uncertain times in countries who are major buyers of Ceylon tea. The tea estates are located at elevations from 400m to 2450m.  It’s the…

The 5 Questions I Get Asked Most Often About Tea

I am still surprised that people have so many questions on tea!  Even though it’s the second most popular beverage in the world, the first is water! So, you would think that people would know a little more than I discovered! I have ranked the ones I get asked the most often below: Q –…

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Loose Leaf Tea

You have bought some delicate loose leaf tea that’s fragrant, full of flavour or light and bright.  To draw out all its flavours and goodness, these are some of the things NOT to do: Use water that’s been standing in the kettle, probably pre-boiled and cooled (a few times?)  Use freshly drawn and filtered water.…

Fir, Lime, Rose and Chocolate Mint Infusion

Bring the heady aromas of Christmas back into the house with this infusion.  Hemlock, spruce or Douglas fir work best.  Foraging in winter. Pick the very tip of the branches; these are the most tender and full of flavour and fragrance.  Rinse well and let them air dry at room temperature on a wire rack…