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Black Tea is, undoubtedly, the most popular type as of the 21st century. Like Green, White and Oolong Tea, it comes from the Camellia sinensis (Tea) plant. So what, then, makes it different from the others? During the processing of the leaf, Black Tea undergoes oxidation and fermentation for the longest period. This often ensures that, when brewed, it consists of refined malty flavours with occasional notes of chocolate, fruits or nuts. Contrary to popular belief, its a relatively new creation. While Green Tea dates back some 5,000 years, this beverage came into existence during the Chinese Qing Dynasty (1644-1912 CE). According to legend, the first odf this type of Tea was Lapsang Souchong - the product of an accident! So why, exactly, should you drink this today? Its exceptional taste is a great starting point. However, there is also much to be said about Black Tea benefits. Indeed, scientific research suggests that its frequent consumption can support wellbeing in a plethora of ways. From promoting weight loss to improving cardiovascular health; enhancing cognitive function to reducing stress, be sure to choose Black Tea. Read our blogs, buy our products and make a change!

  1. Chai Tea Benefits

    Chai Tea Benefits

    Around 5,000 years ago, the first Chai Tea came into existence. Though it didn’t have Black Tea in it at the time, it nevertheless came with Chai Tea benefits. According to Indian Ayurveda, with its holistic view of wellbeing, early Chai Teas, then known as Kadhas, could balance the three ‘doshas’ in the body. Thousands of years later and Chai Read more...
  2. What is Builder’s Tea?

    What is Builder’s Tea?

    What is Builder’s Tea? This is a question long asked by our customers because, put simply, there is a multitude of definitions. In many ways, it depends on perspective. In this article, we will look at some of these definitions associated with Builder’s Tea while exploring our wide range of choice here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Read more...
  3. Keemun Tea: All You Need to Know

    Keemun Tea: All You Need to Know

    Keemun Tea is arguably the most famous China Black Tea. However, while other Chinese varieties date back some 5,000 years, this one only came into existence during the late 19th Century. Indeed, to many, this makes it a relatively new brew! So how, after only 150 years, has it become so popular? In this article, The Kent and Sussex Tea Read more...
  4. English Breakfast Tea (All You Need to Know)

    English Breakfast Tea (All You Need to Know)

    For many avid Tea drinkers, English Breakfast Tea is the cup of tea of choice. Some know it simply as “Breakfast Tea”; others call it “Builder’s Tea”, “Bog-Standard Tea” or, indeed, just “Tea”! This is because, for hundreds of years, English Breakfast Tea has stolen the limelight. In fact, it goes further than that: it has stolen the hearts of Read more...
  5. Lapsang Souchong Tea

    Lapsang Souchong Tea

    Accidents happen. We’re all guilty of them. But how often can our accidents be perceived as historic triumphs? Lapsang Souchong Tea is one such example. It could have been a catastrophic mistake but turned out to be quite the opposite. Today, there is no mistaking Lapsang Tea’s unique, smoky flavour and enticing aroma, which has survived the test of time Read more...
  6. Christmas Loose Teas

    Christmas Loose Teas

    Is it really that time again? Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we couldn’t be more excited for Christmas as we get to drink our Christmas Loose Teas. It is, as we all know, a time for love, laughter, and festivities, as well as, of course, being a time to treat yourself with all sorts of Read more...
  7. Learn More about Earl Grey Tea

    Learn More about Earl Grey Tea

    Earl Grey is the Flavoured Tea we all love, and yet know very little about! More mysterious than the books we read or the movies we watch, this Tea has so much uncertainty surrounding it that no one really knows where it came from or even when. But despite its elusive beginnings, Earl Grey Tea remains one of the most Read more...
  8. 5 Must Have Teas For Autumn

    5 Must Have Teas For Autumn

    We know the drill by now: the nights are drawing in, the temperatures are cooling, and now is the perfect time for long walks amongst the trees of changing colours. We’re heading into autumn, and here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we couldn’t be more excited our 5 Must Have Teas For Autumn that are just perfect Read more...
  9. Health Benefits Of Ceylon Tea

    Health Benefits Of Ceylon Tea

    Most of us will be aware of the name Ceylon Tea, but what are the facts? Where does it come from; what does it taste like; and does it have any health benefits? First of all, it’s important to note that no two Ceylon Teas are ever the same. With that in mind, you can only imagine the possibilities to be Read more...
  10. Pluckley, The Most Haunted Village in England

    Pluckley, The Most Haunted Village in England

    Its that time of the year again! The time for ghosts and ghouls; thrills and scares; and, of course, tricks and (or) treats! But how, you may be asking, does The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company have anything to do with Halloween? Nestled away in the beautiful Kentish countryside, our establishment is situated in what is now known Read more...
  11. Darjeeling Tea - Protests and Violence *UPDATE*

    Darjeeling Tea - Protests and Violence *UPDATE*

    * UPDATE * - Darjeeling Tea Update - 21st October 2017 As of 21 October 2017, tensions in the Darjeeling District of West Bengal, India, have been easing. However, the troubles that plague the world-famous tea growing region are far from over. Since the most recent troubles arose in June - as opposed to the issues that have been ongoing Read more...
  12. Assam Tea History & Health Benefits

    Assam Tea History & Health Benefits

    No one can deny the outstanding contribution that India has made to the World of Tea over the course of nearly 200 years. In fact, from the age of the British Raj right through into the post-Independence era, this incredible nation has brought to light some of the greatest varieties of teas currently available on the market including Assam Tea Read more...
  13. Darjeeling Tea - All You Need To Know

    Darjeeling Tea - All You Need To Know

    Let’s Explore Darjeeling Tea Almost 5,000 miles away from the Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company in the mountainous region of Darjeeling, India, experienced and dedicated workers will be wrapping up some of 2017’s iconic Darjeeling First Flush Tea. For centuries, Darjeeling has blessed the tea industry with some of the most prized and sought-after blends in the world Read more...
  14. Dirok Tea Estate in Assam

    Dirok Tea Estate in Assam

    The Assam Dirok Tea Estate is part of the Mcleod Russel tea plantation group. It is one of the Companies most beautiful estates producing Assam Tea, lying in the Margherita area of Upper Assam. It is situated on the South Bank of the Brahmaputra, the garden has undulating terrain with the forested Patkai hills to the South and West and Read more...
  15. Breakfast Tea

    Breakfast Tea

    A question we are often asked: What is Breakfast Tea?, its enjoyed all around the world, often a cup of tea is first! We thought we would treat you to a trip around the globe with the perfect Morning cup of tea, starting with the UK: English Breakfast Tea - Many countries believe they have the recipe for the perfect cup Read more...
  16. Pu erh Tea - Healthy Slimming Tea

    Pu erh Tea - Healthy Slimming Tea

    What is Pu erh Tea? Pu erh Tea (pronounced as Poo-er) comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, the same plant used to make Green Tea, Black Tea, Oolong Tea and White Tea. Although the same leaf is used, it goes through a different process. Green Tea is not fermented, Oolong Tea is partially fermented, while Black Tea is completely fermented and Read more...
  17. New Products Summer 2016

    New Products Summer 2016

    Here at the Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, We pride ourselves on having a huge selection of Teas to tingle your taste buds. We stock over 100 different teas on our website ; From Black Tea, White Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Pu'erh Tea, Matcha Green Tea to Fruit Tisanes Teas and Herbal Blends. Throughout the year we constantly Read more...
  18. Kenya Milima Loose Leaf Tea

    Kenya Milima Loose Leaf Tea

    Kenya Milima is a name of tea manufactured at the Saoas Factroy, Kericho. The only estate in Kenya producing Leaf Orthodox Teas which makes this a rare find and Kenya Kenya Milima Loose Leaf Tea is finally back in stock! Milima actually means ‘mountain’ or ‘high place’ in Swahili language, it is grown at 6000 feet above sea level. And Read more...
  19. Wild Grey Tea

    Wild Grey Tea

    Wild Grey Loose Tea Take a walk on the wild side with our new twist to the traditional Earl Grey! This well loved black flavoured tea has been around for a long time, and green tea lovers have waited a long while for the Green Sencha version to come along. Wild Earl Grey is a blend of Chinese Sencha Green Read more...
  20. Spring Tea

    Spring Tea

    Our Tea of the Week this week is Spring Tea, a Chinese black tea blended with sweet ripe berries and elderflowers to create and wonderfully refreshing brew! Using a mixture of raspberries, blackcurrants, blackberries and elderflowers, it creates a deep, sweet citrus aroma, the heather blossoms adds earthy depth and of course Black Tea to the cup for a complex Read more...
  21. Nilgiri Tea Flowery Pekoe Korakundah

    Nilgiri Tea Flowery Pekoe Korakundah

    Way up high on the Blue Mountains of the western part of the Tamil Nadu state, in Nilgiri, southern India sits the highest Tea Estate in the world, the Korakundah. Based at 8,000ft above sea level, the estate is waiting for accreditation from the Guinness Book of Records this is where our Nilgiri Tea Flowery Pekoe Korakundah is produced. The tea Read more...
  22. Lovers Leap Ceylon Tea

    Lovers Leap Ceylon Tea

    There is there a hint of romance in the air this week as we edge closer to Valentines Day around our Lovers Leap Ceylon Tea. And with the ever-growing cynicism in the world, we thought we would re-capture your romantic imagination by telling you a story, a love story. Lovers Leap Ceylon Tea   Once upon a Time A Prince became Read more...
  23. Lose Weight with Pu erh Tea

    Lose Weight with Pu erh Tea

    Pu erh Tea is produced exclusively in Yunnan Provence in South West China, mainly in Xishuangbanna, close to the Laos border. The taste and intrigue of Pu erh Tea comes from the fermentation process involved in creating it, using the bacteria, moulds and fungi that flourishes in the tropical weather of Xishuangbanna. These simple organisms create the mellow and sweet aftertaste of Read more...
  24. Gurkha Tea

    Gurkha Tea

    Following the recent events of Remembrance day and Armistice Day and the in office celebration of having our Gurkha Tea Bags back in stock, we thought it was time to talk about where our Gurkha tea comes from and our connections to the Gurkha Regiment.   Mrs Smith and the family  The Kent Tea & Trading Company is a family tea Read more...
  25. Black Tea

    Black Tea

    This month, we decided to introduce four different types of black tea: our Paralai Organic FBOP from Nilgiri Black Tea, the Gunpowder Black Tea, the Xian Luo Black tea and our wonderful Ceylon Tea BOP Dimbula Gouravilla Black Tea. Our Black Tea As all of these teas are black, they will have the same brewing technique - with a teaspoon of the Read more...
  26. Chocolate and Coconut Tea

    Chocolate and Coconut Tea

    Our Chocolate and Coconut tea - or also known as Bon Tea - will instantly transport you to white beaches and the sound of the sea. We have combined the creamy tastes of chocolate and coconut together with a lovely black tea base to create a lovely and refreshing tea. From just opening the bag of this Caribbean tea, you Read more...

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