Tea Stories: The Beginning

The legends of how tea began are something I hold close to my heart as they are the inspiration for my blog and now companies name. Therefore, I wanted to share them with you all, just to add to your repertoire of knowledge and your own enjoyment. Legend has it that tea was discovered roughly…

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…

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 &…

5 mistakes everyone makes when storing tea and how to correct them

It has recently become more and more obvious that people just don’t know how to store tea correctly. It’s kept in its box or bag and that’s it – job done. However, there are so many factors that affect whether the tea you will have today is different from the one tomorrow. Below I have…

Fukamushi-Cha Tea Tasting Review

In a previous post, I mentioned attending a tea tasting held by the city of Kakegawa. Well, this blog entails all I learnt about the Japanese style tea tasting as well as what I thought of those delicious teas. The secret to different teas lies in the cultivation and further processing. Sencha is made from…

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…

Caffeine in tea and other stimulants

Recently I have found numerous articles and have 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…

How to brew Camomile Tea?

Now your probably thinking, well brewing Camomile tea is like any other, you just add hot water. But in actual fact in order to gain a majority of the health benefits, the tea boosts you should include an additional step. This hint is highlighted in the fourth step. When brewing first warm the container, with hot…

Raw Vs. Ripe Pu’​er Tea

To be honest, whenever I bring this tea up in conversation, everyone just looks confused. If I then expand that to say that there are two different types. Well, I know they are absolutely lost by the glazed over eyes. So I thought maybe this would help ease the confusion surrounding this mystery tea. Pu’er…

Why does temperature matter?

Most people will just dump a teabag in a mug pour boiling water over the top and be done with it. If that suits you then that’s fine. But when trying to truly enjoy some of the more unusual teas preparing them properly is key especially when dealing with the temperature of the water. As to…