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First produced in China in the early 17th Century Black Tea, by farmer looking to transform lower quality green tea, they discovered that allowing the tea to oxidise completely created flavours and richness and sweetness.

Black Teas also deteriorated much slower than Green Tea and was easier to compress into a Tea Brick for transporting and trade. For almost 200 years, Keemun Tea and Lapsang Souchong have become ever more popular teas, and become as popular as green teas.

With the opening of the first Indian plantations in the 1930s led to the dominance of cheap loose leaf tea and harsh Black Tea in the UK and Europe.

This all but destroyed the traditional whole leaf Tea from China. It is only in the last 10 years or so that fine loose Black Tea has been available again in the UK.

Even though its renowned flavour is particularly distinctive, Earl Grey Tea is still predominantly a black tea, meaning its consumption ensures you obtain all the health benefits available within black tea whilst having the extra bonus of bergamot extract.

  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. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. Ceylon Tea: Health Benefits and History

    Ceylon Tea: Health Benefits and History

    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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...

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