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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…

The 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…

How to Throw a Tea Party in 5 Easy Steps

You have been to lots of parties over Christmas and New Year’s and had whale of a time at friends’/families’ homes. Time to return the favour but you want to do it as easily as possible.  How does just 5 easy steps to achieving that sound? Let’s start, you will need your tablet/ pen and…

Behind the Scenes of a Tea Blend Creation

Our tea blends are inspired by nature and your lifestyle.  A tea that is the answer to that craving you have after a meal.  The things you look for in a pudding; lushness, chocolateyness, dark , hint of sweetness and leaves you minty fresh. I have a variety of mints in my garden and then…

The Right Milk for Your Chai

Which Milk in Chai?

This was a discussion in a Facebook group I belong to.  A member asked for substitutes for cow’s milk.  There was an amazing response from those who are vegetarians, vegans and or have allergies and intolerances. I have been reducing my intake of diary so I have put myself at the business end of some…