A beginner’s guide to tea

Something people have told me more often recently is that what may seem like common sense to me is not necessarily general knowledge to others. Thus, in that vein, this is my survival guide to the fundamentals of tea. It contains everything I believe any budding tea fanatic should know about this staple beverage. As…

Teakruthi Tea Review

Months back I ordered some tea samples from Teakruthi wanting to add some variety to the teas I was trying, and I had unfortunately not done a review until know. Teakruthi originates from Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka. Their teas are hand plucked and ethically sourced from some of the world’s finest tea plantations,…

The Art of Tea and Food Pairing

Warning the following blog might make you hungry. Tea pairing is an art capturing two completely separate flavour notes and bringing them together to create something new. I am by no means an expert in this field as people can train for years, but I would like to share a few hints and tips for…

Caffeine in tea and other stimulants

Recently I have found numerous articles and been asked about the levels of caffeine in tea. This is most likely due to the general consensus that caffeine is bad for you. In this blog I am going to debunk some of the myths of caffeine levels in tea. Owing to an ancient misconception that the…

Taylors of Harrogate

In February I was given the opportunity to spend a week on work experience with the Taylors of Harrogate tea buying team. This blog post will discuss everything I learned, including the time I spent trying the numerous teas. History A former agent at a tea company in London, Charles Taylor, established C.E. Taylor &…

Yunomi: Spring Sencha Blend

Today, I received a package I had been waiting for, for about a week. It is, of course, my mystery sample from Yunomi Tea. Yunomi (pronounced “you-know-me”) is a global launchpad for small-scale tea farms, factories and other producers in Japan. We are focused on providing you with all that you need to live a…

Raw Vs. Ripe Pu’er Tea

Pu’er tea consists of two completely different categories. One is called ‘Raw Pu’er Tea’ and the other is ‘Ripe Pu’er Tea’. Raw Pu’er tea has a very long history and it was the tea traded through The Ancient Tea Route. Raw Pu’er tea is also a tea for which many collectors search enthusiastically. In freshly…

Camellia sinensis

“Camellia sinensis originated in South East Asia, specifically around the intersection of latitude 29°N and longitude 98°E, the point of confluence of the lands of North East India, North Burma, South West China and Tibet. The plant was introduced to more than 52 countries, from this ‘centre of origin’.” (Mary Lou Heiss; Robert J. Heiss. The Story of Tea: A…

Why temperature matters?

The reason black tea traditionally requires a higher temperature than green teas is that black teas are more oxidised and are therefore more stable. In order to bring out the tannins, water of a higher temperature is needed; however, if the brewing occurs for a long period of time then a high concentration of tannins…

The effect of flavourings on black tea

Surprisingly despite most people knowing a few benefits tea can have, very few understand that what you add on top can completely change the benefits. So bring on the science as I try to explain what happens to your precious tea once you add a bit of milk or sugar. Sugar – this additive has…

How to brew Camomile Tea?

When brewing first warm the container, with hot tap water. Before, filling your infusion device with 1 tsp of the dried camomile flowers. Then heat 250ml or 8oz of water in the kettle to bring to a boil. When properly heated remove from the heat. Remove the hot tap water heating your mug, before adding…