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Women’s History Month: Women in the Tea Industry

Women’s History Month: Women in the Tea Industry

Women are an instrumental part of entrepreneurship and will continue to lead change for years to come. In the last 20 years female entrepreneurs have increased by 114% - that’s around 252 million women, and another 153 million operating well-established businesses. Heading back to our roots of tea, we want to highlight and give thanks to women who have shaped the tea industry.    Catherine of Braganza made tea in England such a ‘thing’. It took one woman to introduce the beverage before it could become so popular. She was a Portuguese princess that married King Charles II of Great...

Women’s History Month: Women in the Tea Industry

Chinese New Year Tea Gifting

Chinese New Year Tea Gifting

For centuries, tea has brought people together. That is why we believe that tea is often the perfect gift for any occasion. This Chinese New Year we celebrate the Year of the Tiger, encompassing vitality, strength and more determination to achieve our goals. With the upcoming 12 months expected to evoke self-confidence and courage in the face of challenges, what better way than to start the year through gifting good health. The Chinese have been drinking tea to bring wellness since its discovery several thousands of years ago. Buddhist monks discovered the secret power of tea during long hours of...

Chinese New Year Tea Gifting

Eight Immortals - A rare Dan Cong tea from Phoenix Mountain

Eight Immortals - A rare Dan Cong tea from Phoenix Mountain

While most teas are picked from small bushes, Dan Cong (which translates as single bush or single tree) tea trees can grow to heights of three metres or more, making them far harder to harvest but yield incredibly high quality leaves. The tea is grown on Phoenix Mountain (Guangdong province, China) which is celebrated for its mineral-rich soils, foggy climate and rocky landscape.  One of the most highly prized Dan Cong teas is named after the mythical Eight Immortals. In 1898, a farmer from Li Zi Ping village took a few branches from the Da Wu Ye cultivar tree in the nearby...

Eight Immortals - A rare Dan Cong tea from Phoenix Mountain

Types of Tea

Types of Tea

Tea has a rich history and a wide variety of flavours, from floral to fruit, nutty to smoky, candied to umami, all influenced by its terroir, time of harvesting and processing methods. The are 6 main categories of tea which each slightly different processing methods. White Tea White tea is the least processed variety; the tea leaves are simply plucked and then withered. The withering process can either be done outdoors under the sun or in temperate controlled rooms, gently turning it at intervals to ensure even drying. Over time (around 72 hours) a small amount of oxidation does occur....

Types of Tea