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I Launched my Tea Business Why not? Women and men set up a business at 55 or 60 or older than that.  I think experience, wealth of knowledge and the desire to do so trump any concerns.  To be honest, there were/are things to worry about. About 10 years ago, when I was working towards…

Sri Lankan Tea – Ceylon Tea

What is Sri Lankan Tea / Ceylon Tea? If you are going to do one thing, then make that one thing you do the finest. Ceylon Tea, a brand all on its own is recognisable for this long tradition.  This reputation is based on growing and making the best black tea in the world.  This…

Workers in Tea – Tea Plantation Workers

Speciality Tea – Part 7 – Women In the Tea Industry in Sri Lanka The quintessential picture of Ceylon tea is this: Yes, it’s still very much the same, as it has been for more than a century.  This is even more common, (watched over): In of the tea estates that I visited this year…

Speciality Tea : Part 6 – Handmade Tea

Blink and you might miss it! It’s so quick; the assessments of the tea leaf, deft movement to select the perfect leaf, pluck the bud or tender young leaf and skilfully hand roll.  Their experienced eyes will access the bud for: Quality Age Size (all the buds would need to be the same length).  This…

Speciality Tea – Part 5 – Tea Tasting

Tea Tasting Part 5 – Tasting Tea Slurp, swirl and spit.  Slurp – you are taking in lots of oxygen along with the tea, which releases more of the tea’s flavours.  Swirl – moving tea around your mouth gives you the chance to get to know its complexity. Watch a master blender and taster do…

Specialty Tea – Part 4 – Sorting and Packing Tea Leaves

Tea Leaf Grading – Sorting by This is a good a place to talk about tea leaf grades.  Tea leaves begin to get sorted at the rolling stage and it culimenates at the sorting stage.  Handmade or rolled by machine, the leaves will be sorted by type of leaves, size and thus graded accordingly.  This…

Gluten Free Pudding – Plum and Rose Water

Armfuls, bagfuls and car boot full of season fruit pickings!! I can’t seem to keep up with all this jamming! These purple wee rugby balls are from my sister’s friends’ garden. What was left went into this Almond, Plum and Rose Water Pudding. Ingredients 115g butter, at room temperature 115g caster sugar 2 eggs 115g…

Jam Season

Apricot and Cardamon Jam Ingredients 450g apricots 2-4 tablespoons of water 450g caster sugar 1 tablespoon of lemon juice 7 cardamon pods, crushed, I prefer these to be quite large so that when and if you bite into it, there is a whoosh of fragrance Method Add the water to the apricots and Half the…

Cold Brewed Tea

Green Tea – Cold Brewed Easy to make and good to go for the day. Ingredients 1 litre of filtered water, boiled and cooled 15 g of green tea/6 green tea bags Method In a jar that fits into your fridge, place the green leaves/tea bags and pour the cooled water in. Place in the…

Speciality Tea – Part 3 – Fermenting and Drying Tea Leaves

Fermenting Tea Not just when making wine, whisky or even bread.  The process of fermenting in tea is similar but without the addition of any additional bacteria or yeast.  All of the microorganisms that are needed are present in the juices of the tea leaves. When the leaves are rolled (as we saw in the…

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