Since the early 1980's when the company was formed we have strived to bring our customer the best of loose tea from around the world. With this, we have managed to put together a selection of over 1000 different loose leaf tea, there will be for sure a tea for everyone, from the finest Darjeeling to the fruitiest tasting tisane.
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Green tea has recently exploded into an extremely popular beverage over the past five decades. This ancient brew has been cherished in Asia for thousands of years but in the Western Hemisphere and their respective markets, green loose tea is still a growing phenomenon with increasing research indicating its consumption has outstanding health benefits of green tea for a number of ailments.
With its earliest reference dating back to 2737 BC, green tea's history is long and fascinating. Like most varieties, green tea is harvested from the Camellia Sinensis plant, but is processed differently to the likes of black tea and oolong tea. In the case of producing loose leaf green tea, the leaves are dried or slightly steamed but not fermented.
This is what makes it look green when it is brewed. Centuries before it had ever made it to a cup however, green tea was likely used by people for just chewing and eating. It wasn't until the 8th century that a new method of steaming leaves to inhibit their oxidation was discovered that green tea really set off to take Asia and ultimately, the world, by storm.
Why not try our Lemon Sencha Green tea for when the sun is shining in the garden? This loose tea can be served hot or chilled down to make a refreshing ice tea drink. Alternately, if the ice is on your car instead of in your cup.
Perhaps you would prefer our Fruity Mulled Wine Green Tea, this delicate brew has a dash of fruity winter berries and a kick of Christmas time spices. One thing is for sure, whether you are sitting outside in the blazing heat of summer or cuddled up on the sofa on a cold winter's night, we have the right loose leaf green tea for you.
Black tea is globally considered the most popular variety of tea, accounting for about three quarters of the world’s tea consumption. Known for its rich and full flavour, black tea’s fame also reaches outside the boundaries of the industry itself with it also being one of the most consumed drinks on the planet, second only to water! Its incredible history has seen black tea rise from obscurity in the mid-17th century to become one of the great players on the world stage in today’s society. Its very existence has brought about immense influence on many nations’ cultures from defining revolutions to smashing through the glass ceilings of class.
The health benefits of black tea are almost as expansive as its history with yearly scientific studies establishing new and interesting ways that your morning brew can keep you on balance towards a healthy and active lifestyle. These studies conducted by a number of credible institutes have seen an outstanding correlation between loose leaf black tea consumption and the improvement of heart, oral and digestive health – just to name a few.
Extracted from the Camellia Sinesis plant, (also known as “the tea plant,”) black tea is processed using a unique method which sees the leaves withered then rolled before a longer period of fermentation is carried out. This enables the leaves to develop certain compounds which give black tea its distinctive colour and flavour.
pIntroduce yourself to our vast black tea selection, why not begin with our signature brand of Pluckley Black Tea? For 25 years, the Smith family have been blending this flagship tea in our factory nestled away in the quaint Kentish village of Pluckley. Despite having the title of England’s most haunted village, there is nothing to fear with this delightful, comforting and refreshing brew.
As unique and extraordinary as the name suggests, Matcha Tea has become increasingly popular in the western hemisphere alongside its better known cousin, green tea.
Matcha Tea and Matcha Green Tea Powder is in fact sourced from the green tea leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant but when it is steamed and air dried, Matcha Tea Powder is ground into a fine powder with every single element of the leaf used in the process. This in turn enables Matcha tea to have all the health benefits of green tea, with the added bonus of a more potent source of antioxidants.
Its story begins in Japan with the first green tea seeds brought back from China by the Zen Monk Eisai in 1191 A.D. Eisai, who introduced the Zen philosophy to Japan, planted the seeds on the temple grounds of Kyoto and when they sprouted
He became the first person to grind and consume green tea leaves in powdered form. Its consumption soon became entwined in the Zen philosophic culture with the likes of tea ceremonies to celebrate the profound beauty of simple things. The drinking of Matcha as the focal point of the tea ceremony was a perfect choice, as Matcha stimulates presence of mind, mental alertness and a calm, meditative state simultaneously.
Does the prospect of engaging in a Zen philosophic tradition intrigue you? Why not put a spin on it with our very own Peppermint Matcha tea? The peppermint in this blend can promote relaxation and a healthy digestive system while the Matcha itself can speed up your metabolism and aid in burning calories.
Perhaps the more exotic Bombay Chai Matcha Tea is more to your liking with this unusual blend of Matcha and spicy chai proving to be a perfect pairing! This bright and fresh Matcha is bursting full of spicy chai flavours which dance on your taste buds through the unique bitterness of Matcha.
Whether you are a traditionalist or looking for something more exciting, please take the time to explore the vast collection of Matcha Teas available here.
Lapsang Souchong Tea
Almost everything about Lapsang Souchong Tea is unique – even its name. Predominantly grown in the Wuyi Mountains of the Fujian Province, China, the name ‘Lapsang’ refers to the area around the village of Tong Mu Guan, where the tea was first created, while ‘Souchong’ refers to the tea leaves that are chosen for the blend. The leaves used for Lapsang Souchong are fourth and fifth leaf, meaning they are larger and older with a different chemical composition to other black teas. Meanwhile the flavour and fragrance is distinctively smoky, which only further adds to what makes this tea so fascinating and different!
Many stories have been passed around over generations as to how Lapsang Tea originated. One such tale suggests that during a particular time in the Qing Dynasty when great upheavals were threatening the very foundations of China, rogue armies and bandits had free reign of the countryside, stealing and destroying where they could.
It was during this period that tea farmers decided to artificially dry the leaves over pinewood fires in order to speed up the process and thus maintain the crop in time to reach the market. This resulted in a strangely delectable smoky tea as the leaves absorbed the flavours rising from the fire. With many legends following the basic outline of this tale, as well as altogether different stories, there is no way of ever knowing the true origins. One thing is for certain however: this unintentional brew is here to stay!
With Lapsang Souchong’s popularity growing, other tea regions, and even other countries, have started producing their own varieties. Lapsang Souchong Tea grades are split into categories which are named after animals, the more prestigious the animal, the higher the grade.
But as well as countless tales and enchanting names, Lapsang Souchong can also offer a wealth of incredible health benefits with its frequent consumption. This includes the potential of improving Immune System and Cardiovascular health, as well as lowering Cholesterol and even aiding in weight loss.
Like the consumption of most black teas on a regular basis, Lapsang Souchong helps to boost the metabolism, thus helping to burn calories more effectively and keeping the pounds off! Lapsang Souchong is also an excellent alternative to coffee with a much lower caffeine content within each cup. When consumed in reasonable amounts, it delivers enough of a pick-me-up to boost alertness without the unpleasant symptoms.
So, let’s get started with the Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. We are able to offer you a large range of different Lapsang Souchong products to fit in with your particular tastes and preferences. This includes our Lapsang Souchong Tea Falcon. This blend has a lovely large black-greyish leaf with delicate grassy, vegetal notes with the signature subtle smokiness. Perhaps you would prefer to try our Lapsang Souchong Tea Osprey? Here we add a delicate jasmine floral note to compliment the smokiness of the tea, with a pale golden liquor as your end product. Other blends include Lapsang Souchong Tea Tiger and Lapsang Souchong Tea Crocodile. Who knows – your favourite animal might just be your favourite tea!
White tea is considered the tea of emperors, sharing its history with royalty for centuries. Made from the youngest and most tender hand-picked leaf tips and buds. White tea derives its name from the snowy colour upon brewing.
This fresh and delicate tea became revered during China’s Song Dynasty (960-1279AD), where it became the choice of drink within the royal court and was given as tribute to the emperor. In fact, one Song Emperor, Hui Zong (1101-1125AD), became so obsessed with finding the perfect tea that he lost much of his empire.
White Tea is still growing in popularity across western markets but with recent studies establishing its incredible health benefits, it is expected that white tea’s consumption will rise rapidly over the course of the next few years. The improvement of a number of ailments have been credited to the frequent consumption of white tea including the reduced risk of cardiovascular disorder and poor oral health. It also contains high levels of nutrients and antimicrobial qualities that protect the body against the occurrence of diseases. Furthermore, White tea has been proven to provide relief to diabetic people from symptoms such as decreased plasma glucose levels, increase insulin secretion and excessive thirst (polydipsia.)
The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company’s wide selection of white teas include our Pomegranate White Tea. This special loose Tea is a White Pai Mu Tan Tea scented with Pomegranate. Further to this, cranberry pieces and Rose Petals are added to create a unique taste along with its very pleasant aroma.
Prefer to try something more traditional? Then our Ying Zhen Silver Needle Top Grade tea might be for you or our Creme D’Orange Green and Loose Leaf White Tea. One of the finest Chinese teas, this Silver Needle Tea’s buds are picked on only a few days in early spring as these fresh new buds are just unfurling. Meanwhile, the loose tea leaves resemble pine needles and its taste is mellow with a slightly smoky aftertaste.
The remarkable history of this tea, coupled with its outstanding health benefits, ensure that in every sip you take, your brew is worthy of royalty!
Flavoured tea is not just one specific variant of tea. In fact, any tea can be flavoured, whether it’s Indian Chai Tea, Russian Caravan Tea, Lapsang Souchong Tea Falcon or Moroccan Mint. What do all these blends have in common apart from being available through the Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company? – You guessed it, added flavour!
Using Black Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea and White tea, we have created over 100 different blends for every season, weather and emotion! The choices are almost infinite when it comes to adding a little extra to your morning cup, but here at the Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we have selected some of the best creations available.
Worried you are not obtaining some of the same health benefits as ordinary tea? Worry no further as flavoured tea has the same levels of antioxidants and the same health benefits as non-flavoured ones. In fact, those flavoured with super-fruits, such as blueberries, may contain even more antioxidants according to recent U.S studies!
The story of flavoured tea begins with the widely renowned blend of Earl Grey Tea. During the transit of black tea from Asia, some of the tea was flavoured with Bergamot to prevent mould over the course of the journey. From these humble beginnings, flavoured teas have since reached out to millions of people with new and extraordinary blends being created all the time!
So with this in mind, why not start humbly with our very own Cream Earl Grey Tea? This blend has the appearance of any other Early Grey; Black tea with cornflowers. However, once brewed, this tea takes on a soft, comforting feel, mixed with the anticipated Bergamot oils and citrus aroma. Wish to reach out further? Perhaps our Black Cherry and Dark Chocolate Tea is more for you. This blend of black cherry and chocolate creates a wonderfully comforting blend with the sharpness of the cherry cutting through the creaminess of cocoa to create a thoroughly satisfying drink.
With plenty of flavours to choose from alongside all the different varieties of tea, you will be positively spoilt as you browse through the Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company’s flavoured Tea selection.
Rooibos tea has found itself steadily gaining popularity over the course of the last century. Despite not originating from the Camellia Sinensis plant, and thus not officially recognised as a ‘tea’, this distinctive blend has gained substantial renown as continued scientific studies have begun to uncover its outstanding health benefits.
Translated from Afrikaans, Rooibos tea means “red bush,” which is in reference to the Aspalathus linearis plant from which it originates from in the Cedarburg mountain region of South Africa. For centuries, the indigenous Khoisan tribes of the region would harvest the leaves to be used for a number of herbal remedies and ailments within their community, but with the arrival of European settlers, the Khoisan tribes began to dwindle in numbers. For a time, it seemed that Rooibos tea’s history would come to an end until botanist Carl Humberg rediscovered the leaves in 1772 and revived a more widespread interest in the tea-like drink.
Rooibos tea’s renown in the west would be further boosted during the Second World War, when importing tea from Asian countries was nearly impossible due to the on-going struggle with Imperialist Japan. It was during this time that rooibos tea became an excellent alternative and soon found itself being shipped across the globe.
Since its uncertain beginnings, Rooibos Loose Tea has triumphed through thick and thin to become an extremely popular beverage in the health and fitness communities. With its contents including a richness in many minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium and alpha hydroxy acid, it’s no surprise that its frequent consumption can be credited to combating a number of ailments. Improved bone and skin health, as well as reduced blood pressure and a higher resistance to allergies are just some of the many qualities attributed to rooibos tea.
To start your journey with this extraordinary brew, why not try our Orange and Eucalyptus Rooibos Tea? The combination of Australian eucalyptus leaves and zesty oranges is very unique and tasty. This eye-catching tea also has a powerful menthol aroma with the fresh taste of eucalyptus and fruity notes of peach and orange. If that isn’t adventurous enough for you, then why not go all out with our very own Honeybush Chocolate Cake tea? This very unusual creation brings together the great flavours of Honeybush Tea and Chocolate with rosebuds added to round things off.
Oolong tea is considered fit for Kings – or to be more accurate, ‘Queens’. With her Royal Majesty, Queen Victoria giving Oolong tea her seal of approval in the 19th century, it is no surprise that this brew has seen rapid growth in western markets over the course of the last century.
Oolong tea, also known as ‘Wu long tea,’ has been cultivated in the Fujian province of China for over 400 years. It is here in its native homeland where Oolong tea’s popularity has been most established with this brew also acquiring the nickname “Chinese restaurant tea,” due to its high demand among those dining out across the country.
Sitting firmly between black and green teas in terms of strength and caffeine levels, Oolong tea’s processing method also differs substantially to its cousins. Green teas, which are dried immediately upon picking, tend to taste grassier and less complex than Oolong Tea, while black teas, which undergo heavier oxidation, tend to be bolder in taste and flavour. Meanwhile, Oolong tea has a mild taste because it is partially oxidised before being heated and dried, which ultimately leads to this brew obtaining the finest qualities of both black and green tea. It is due to this unique processing method that Oolong tea’s health benefits are largely considered to be twice that of its respective cousins.
One such health benefit credited to this magnificent blend is that of healthier skin. According to a recently conducted scientific study, patients diagnosed with eczema can benefit from drinking 3 cups of oolong tea throughout the day. The beneficial results of Oolong tea could be seen in less than a week in these patients, who showed remarkable improvement in their skin. Further to this, studies have established correlations between Oolong tea consumption and improved weight and stress management, as well as regulation of blood sugar intake with those living with type-2 diabetic disorders.
Want to experience this brilliant brew for yourself? Then why not start with our very own Mango and Orange Oolong? The leafy, wiry dry leaf produces a smooth and delicate tea, blended with flavours of Africa which create a wonderfully refreshing and tasty cup of tea. Perhaps you would prefer something a little more traditional? Then perhaps our Blue Spring Oolong is for you. Blue Mallow flowers were added to this tea to represent the freshwater spring that was created by Guan Yin, the Iron Goddess of Mercy to rescue villagers from drought. This semi fermented tea is still traditionally hand crafted in small batches.
Pu erh Tea
Like wine, Pu erh tea has is known to improve with age. In some cases, this fascinating brew has undergone a special fermentation process which can last anywhere between 30 days and 30 years – sometimes more! Produced exclusively in the Yunnan Province of South West China, Pu erh Tea has two distinctive processing methods with two distinctive end-products. Green Pu’erh tea is not oxidized prior to the natural process of fermentation, making it a favourite among tea enthusiasts as it reflects the careful manufacturing techniques, storing and the benefit of the slow aging process over a period of years. This particular method gives the blend a woodsy taste which is smooth and sweet. Black Pu erh meanwhile, goes through an ‘artificial’ method of fermentation and is oxidized prior to this, creating an equally distinct flavour which is largely considered to be more of an “everyday” blend.
Pu erh tea’s story is thought to have begun during the Tang dynasty (AD 618-907), when merchants carrying large quantities of tea begun to compress the leaves into bricks. These bricks of tea were easier to transport over long distances and difficult terrain, which in many cases meant periods of months, sometimes years on the road, as these foolhardy travellers ventured to Tibet or faraway Peking. It was during this time that their shipments underwent an incredible and dramatic change which saw the colour of the tea transform from green to amber and eventually to dark teak. Meanwhile the taste of the tea became livelier, richer, fruitier and smoother. This phenomenon had occurred when microbes acted on the tea, causing biological and enzymatic changes. Thus Pu-erh tea was born, and with it came further experimentation with the aging process. In recent years, a 357 gram 1950’s Red Chop Pu erh tea disc can sell for over £8,000 for those extravagant enough to afford such an exquisite brew.
Alas, age is not the only thing Pu erh can have on its side. Since its discovery, there have been many western studies into the Health Benefits of Pu erh Tea which have recognised its ability to aid digestion, lower levels of cholesterol, and reduce the absorption of fat and sugar – making it an ample friend in slimming diets.
A good place to begin would be with our very own Pu’erh Organic tea. This Yunnan Pu’erh is created using the great traditions of Chinese Tea making. This is a very top quality loose leaf Pu’erh tea with a lovely dark brown leaf. Fancy something a little closer to home? Then our Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu’erh Tea might be for you! Here we combine powerful earthy flavours of the Pu erh tea with the rich sweet notes of caramel and toffee. Scotland meets China in a cup!
Fruit Tisanes could arguably be considered the ‘Trojan horse’ of the tea world. This is due to its outstanding popularity among tea drinkers despite the fact that these blends do not contain leaves from the Camellia Sinensis plant, - thus dubbing it the “non-tea”.
There are many claimed origins to the term ‘Tisane’, including the Greek word ‘ptisane’, which refers to a beverage made from the crushed grains of pearl barley. A more popular theory originates from France with the French word for ‘herbal infusion’. Whichever story you choose to believe, it can be certain that this delicious brew has snuck its way into the hearts of tea drinkers across the globe.
In fact, for many centuries, the term “tea” has found itself used to describe a far broader spectrum than was originally intended. One such conception begins with the experience of the American colonies during the Revolutionary war. During this time, genuine tea was immensely popular in the soon-to-be United States until increased taxation of its importation became symbolic of the crippling control that the British crown had over its subjects 3000 miles away. The colonists began to improvise with what they called “freedom tea” and “herbal tea”, which in truth contained no tea at all but instead sourced ingredients locally without import fees. There are many more cases of this occurring across history but since then, Tisanes, and later Fruit Tisanes, have acquired the respect they so deserve.
Fruit Tisanes have the ability to offer a lot to the casual tea drinker as many of the ingredients found in the average cup have long been associated with combating a number of ailments. Dried fruits, fruit peel, fruit oils, blossoms and spices are just some of the ingredients used to achieve just the right blend of visual appeal and flavour profile, whilst also containing high levels of vitamins and minerals to ensure potent health boosting properties. It is also considered a very popular alternative to ‘tea’ due to most blends being caffeine-free.
Whichever season it might be, there is bound to be a Fruit Tisane just for you. Have the short nights and bitter colds of Winter got you down? Then why not brighten things up with a cup of our Winter Romance Fruit Tisane. A welcome pleasure while sitting around a real fire with deep flavours of baked apples, cinnamon and almonds. Or maybe you would prefer to take a break from the summer sun with our Cherry Compote Fruit Tea? This strong and full bodied fruit tisane is packed with a fruit punch. The delicious aromas and flavours of ripe cherries and fresh raspberries combine with pieces of banana to create a wonderful compote of fruit.
Flowering tea, also known as Treasure tea, is arguably one of the most remarkable blends in terms of sheer beauty. This exquisite brew is most renowned for creating a visual spectacle long before the cup reaches your mouth, as its ingredients unfurl before your eyes. Beautiful Lilies, Jasmine and Chrysanthemums are just some of the flowers used for this phenomenon as they are hand sewn into Green and White Chinese Tea leaves before hot water is poured on top of them. As the water is slowly absorbed, the tight ball unfolds to allow any onlooker to witness the flowers seemingly “blossom” in front of them.
Originating from the Yunnan province of the far south west of China, the exact details of Flowering tea’s history are not entirely clear. In fact, debates are still ongoing as to whether flowering tea is a relatively modern creation or whether its existence can be traced back hundreds of years. Here at the Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we believe that its mysterious origins only add to the majesty of this unique brew.
Whilst its general aesthetic is truly magical, flowering tea can also offer so much more in the way of incredible health benefits. With the flowers wrapped in either green or white teas, the frequent consumption of this brew enables the average drinker to acquire all the health benefits of its respective tea leaves whilst having the extra boost of goodness found in each flower. Liles for example, are tremendously helpful in combating insomnia. It is also known to add moisture to the lungs while soothing nerves. Meanwhile Jasmine has antibacterial properties that can prevent bad breath as well as regulating blood pressure and harmonising your stomach. Furthermore, chrysanthemums have the ability to eliminate toxins and remove heat.
To experience the full potential of flowering tea, we advise using glass vessels to enable you to watch in awe. So, let’s begin your enchanting journey with our very own Jasmine Lily Tea Flower. This wonderfully delicate white tea is infused with the delightful taste and scent of jasmine with its beautiful reddish flower on full display. Alternatively, you can try our Yellow Flower Burst Flower, which uses the Chrysanthemum flower as the outer leaves open to reveal a captivating string of yellow.
Chai Tea is a cultural relic of many parts of Southeast Asia. For thousands of years, this bold and unique tea has been cherished in India with recipes changing from village to village over the course of its history. It has gone on to define many communities and societies and is now regarded as one of the most popular varieties of tea across the world.
In the language of Hindi, Masala Chai literally means “mixed-spice tea,” with the word Chai in particular simply meaning “tea.” In most western countries, the name “chai tea” has predominantly been adopted for the beverage even though this essentially means its Hindi translation is “tea tea”! Despite this odd development, Chai tea’s history dates back long before Western explorers stepped foot on India’s soil.
Like many ancient recipes, chai’s history is steeped in conjecture with no definitive answer to its origin. Some legends say that it was created 9000 years ago, while others say it was 5000 years ago. Regardless of an exact date, it is said that a king created it as a cleansing, vivifying Ayurvedic beverage. Whether you choose to believe this theory or not, many recipes for Masala Chai can been traced back to ancient Ayurvedic medical texts, using ingredients such as; green cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ground ginger, black peppercorns, star anise, fennel seeds, nutmeg and Black Assam tea. This particular blend is widely considered one of the most traditional and common variants of the brew.
Even with the countless number of recipes, almost all the properties found within each variant have been proven to have great health benefits to this day. For example, the traditionally used ingredient of black pepper is known to support the pancreas in secreting digestive enzymes, which in turn, speeds the time it takes the body to digest heavy foods like fat and protein. Ginger is also renowned as a digestive herb that can curb nausea and support healthy digestion. Even the black tea itself is full of antioxidants which are thought to help prevent cardiovascular disease and other such ailments.
Are you a traditionalist? Then maybe start with our Cochin Masala Chai. This blend is a super spicy tea that combines wonderful South Indian masala spices with a blend of Broken Pekoe teas from Assam and Kerala. Want to mix things up a little? Then our Red Chai Rooibos Tea might be for you. Here, we blend traditional Indian spices such as cardamom, ginger and cinnamon with top quality redbush tea from South Africa. The mellow taste of caffeine free rooibos is complimented by the classic chai spices.
Herbal infusions, also known as Herbal tea, has snuck into the hearts of many tea adorers across the world. Despite not containing the Camellia Sinensis plant and thus, not officially classed as a ‘tea,’ this popular brew has found itself exploding onto tea markets across the globe with a 31% increase in consumption since 2010 alone. But herbal teas are not a new phenomenon by far with records tracing its usage back thousands of years to Ancient China and Ancient Egypt. In fact, within the Giza pyramids, dried peppermint leaves have been found carbon dating back to 1,000BC. Further to this, the first historical records appear in the earliest Chinese Pharmacopeia, which is attributed to the Chinese Emperor Shennong around 3,000BC!
Since its early beginnings, Herbal Tea has been used for its medicinal properties and although these ancient practices may seem obsolete at first glance, the advancement in science and technology has seen medical professionals endorsing its consumption. In the 1980’s, the tea market saw a boom in herbal infusion sales as studies were conducted proving the health benefits of this wonder ‘tea.’ With various ingredients used in brewing, including herbs, spices, leaves, flowers, fruits, berries, seeds, roots, and bark, the health benefits you receive are very much dependent on the combination you use in your tea. For example, Chamomile tea has been used for centuries to naturally aid sleep. This is because chamomile contains tryptophan, an amino acid known for its tranquilising effects. When taken as an infusion, these properties act as a relaxant in our bodies and in turn, promote a natural and peaceful slumber. Meanwhile, Peppermint Tea has the capabilities to combat illness with its properties used to prevent nausea and vomiting. By stimulating bile production in the gall bladder, peppermint breaks down fat in the digestion system and thus, relieving you of nausea.
With countless infusions and countless health benefits, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company is a good place to start your journey with a wide variety of herbal teas for you to experience at your leisure. Feeling a little under the weather? Our Ginger Honey Milk Herbal Tea is a good place to start. This blend is perfect for sore throats and colds, the ginger helps to sooth and relive sore throats as well as the symptoms of cold and flu. Furthermore, Blackberry leaves are used in Germany to sooth mucous membranes of the mouth and throat, making it a fantastic accompaniment.
Perhaps you might prefer our Detox Fruit Tea? This brew contains a wonderful combination including Milk Thistle Tea which is used to maintain liver health, as well as to protect the liver from toxins such as alcohol, pollution and other liver related diseases. As well as this, nettle is added to act as a stimulator with a rich iron vitamin and protein content while the included mulberry leaves can help reduce cholesterol and contain Quercetin which can likewise protect the liver.
Many consider Organic Tea the way forward within the Tea Industry. Not only does consuming Organic Tea improve your health, but also improves the lives of tea pickers in some Estates. Many conventional tea plantations are converting to a more organic method of growing after seeing the harmful effects of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Not only do the staff suffer from this controversial growing method, but also the quality of the tea under these conditions. Further to this, Organic Tea is also often Fair Trade, meaning you can reap the health benefits of organic tea whilst knowing that small farms are being supported, workers on tea plantations are being treated fairly, and both the workers and the environment are not exposed to the harmful chemicals used in conventional tea production.
Organic Tea is certified by the regulatory body within the producing country and then checked and certified again as it enters the European Union. The EU regulations on organic products are very robust and uniform across Europe. Each container of tea is checked and sampled and if a tea fails inspection, the container is re-sealed and returned to the country of origin. This ensures that you will only get the finest quality tea when you shop organic!
As well as its morals, research has established that organic tea products have more nutrients and antioxidants within them than conventionally grown items. Despite this, Organic tea is less widely available than its more mainstream counterparts. We take pride in our vast Organic Tea selection. So why not jump on the bandwagon with our Organic Magic Tea? This blend is completely herbal and uses only sustainable, organic products. A wonderful infusion of soothing cocoa, coconut, orange and mint with Green Rooibos makes this tea as truly magical as the name suggests. Alternately, you could try our Lucky Dragon Hyson Organic Green Tea. This tea is non-fermented and is only produced in small crafted batches. Traditionally, this tea was brewed up to three times before the tea leaves were left at the bottom of the cup to reveal your fortune!
We may not be able to speak for your fortune, but we can certainly speak for the hard-working tea pickers when you buy organic!
Earl Grey Tea
A blend shrouded in mystery, Earl Grey Tea has baffled historians for centuries as they strove to discover its true origins – to no avail! In fact, to this day, there is no definitive answer to how Earl Grey tea came to be! Named after the 19th Century British Prime Minister, Earl Charles Grey, this blend is made from black tea flavoured with the essence of Bergamot rind. A popular legend suggests that the Earl received the tea as a gift from a grateful Chinese Mandarin after one of his men saved his son from drowning in nearby water. This romantic origin has generally been debunked since the Early never travelled to China in his life! Beyond a number of other popular stories, Earl Grey Tea’s beginnings remain lost in the passage of time. In 2012, Researchers at the Oxford English Dictionary even went as far as to issue an appeal to find the earliest evidence of Earl Grey referring to tea! But despite its history being questionable, the science is indisputable with studies proving the fantastic health benefits of this unique brew.
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. Although all tea can help stimulate the immune system, it is believed that the bergamot contained in Earl Grey is especially effective at preventing colds and the onset of flu. For this reason, Earl Grey is an incredibly popular beverage in the cold weather found in Autumn and Winter. The antioxidants found in this black tea also compliment this health effect by defending against oxidative stress in the body as well as reducing the overall load off the immune system.
Another element in which the bergamot is a key contender is in helping with weight loss. The citrus extract found in the bergamot is excellent for stimulating the metabolism. For this reason, some people choose to use lemon or citrus extract instead of sugar, but in Earl Grey, you are already getting that body-boosting compound in the drink itself!
We are very proud of our house Earl Grey Tea. A blend of Keemun tea and Darjeeling Tea, this blend has gone on to become one of the most ordered teas on our site and is the Great Taste Award Winner 2007. If you prefer to try something a little more offbeat then consider our Russian Earl Grey Tea! This wonderful loose leaf Earl Grey Tea is spiced up with the addition of Thai Lemongrass and Spanish Oranges. We use a blend of high grown Ceylon Orange Pekoe Teas and China Black Teas from the Anhui Province. Traditionally in Russia, sweet orange peel and herbs are added to soften and smooth the taste of bergamot – we add Lemongrass leaves!
Breakfast teas are typically a combination of Assam Black Tea and Ceylon Black Tea, although sometimes Kenyan Black Teas and Darjeeling are also included. Differing waters and differing tastes result in a huge variety of teas named as such. This includes English Breakfast Tea, as well as French and even Russian Breakfast Tea.
For a selection of blends so immensely popular around the world, breakfast tea’s history is another example in a long list of varieties to have its story shrouded in mystery. English Breakfast Tea for example, is arguably the most popular of all the Breakfast teas, yet historians continue to debate its origins. One such story suggests that English Breakfast tea didn’t originate from the British Isles at all, but instead the United States in the 19th century! Another, slightly more moderate tale finds English Breakfast tea originating from Scotland. In this version, a tea master by the name of Drysdale came up with an idea for marketing his blend as “Breakfast Tea”. This concept soon spread to England after its huge popularity. Whichever story you choose to believe – all we know is that it is delicious!
History aside, these renowned brews contain a wealth of health benefits, including those found in typical black teas. This includes beneficial impacts for high cholesterol as well as combating ailments such as diarrhoea, tooth decay, digestive problems and poor blood circulation. While black tea is lower in overall polyphenols than green tea, it is still considered a great source of antioxidants, namely thearubigins and theaflavins. These antioxidants can also help protect the body from damage from free radicals. Further to this, recent scientific studies have suggested that regular consumption of black tea can help repair coronary artery dysfunctions. Therefore, it is suggested that black tea drinkers are at a decreased risk of contracting many cardiovascular diseases. Because black tea is a key component in all breakfast tea blends, these outstanding health benefits can also be associated with all varieties of this magnificent brew.
The many varieties of breakfast teas found on the market can be reflected in our beautiful selection. Why not see what Great Britain and Ireland have to offer, starting with our very own English Breakfast Tea FOP. This is a traditional blend made with Indian Assam Teas and Ceylon Teas in equal measure. An excellent house tea with strong malty notes of the Assam combining perfectly with the full flavour of the Ceylon. Perhaps you’d prefer to go further north with our Scottish Breakfast Tea? This is a special blend of Organic Broken Orange Pekoe Teas from Assam, Kenya and Darjeeling. Blended for the soft waters of Scotland, this brew is a very well balanced tea with a fresh and flowery aroma. Heading overseas we have our Irish Breakfast tea BOP. This is a specially crafted blend of teas using slightly more Ceylon than Assam Broken Orange Pekoes. Its taste is strong and spicy with malty characteristics. Last but not least, we have our Welsh Breakfast Tea. This is a blend of our single estate Assam house tea and an orthodox Kenyan large loose leaf tea. The rich malty character of the Assam blends perfectly with the bright and fruity notes of the Kenya Tea to create something truly special.