You may be able to tell from our name, Chateau Rouge, that we are big fans of both France and the UK. We couldn’t decide between the two, so started a company where we can enjoy the best of both! With Paris Fashion Week approaching, what better time to celebrate le Thé, le Café, la mode, et le joie de vivre Français?
Paris Fashion Week plays host to an eclectic mix of traditional and new designers, with a celebration of both the classic and the avant-garde. What a great setting for a leisurely cup of tea or coffee, in the stunning surroundings of the French Capital!
Like Italy, home of Milan Fashion Week, which is taking place just before Paris, you may associate France more with coffee, or le café, than you necessarily do with tea, but in actual fact, tea was introduced to France, via Holland, some 22 years before it became the UK’s favourite drink. Please note, mon cher, that tea is traditionally taken black in France.
Louis XIV enjoyed drinking both tea and coffee in France in his time, having spent time drinking coffee with the Turkish Ambassador and spreading the word, as well as drinking tea, then usually green tea imported from China, to help with his gout. Tea was renowned for its health-giving and medicinal properties in those days, just as it is again today. It was also fashionable, as was everything in France at that time. The expense of importing tea at that time meant that it was reserved for the upper classes, understandably, falling out of favour following the revolution. When England then took its turn to be en vogue, so returned the popularity of tea to France.
There is an art to tea in France, with careful presentation and a broad range of tastes and styles of tea. Teas are drunk from all over the world – green tea from China and Japan, black teas from Sri Lanka, India and Mauritius, and – in a similar way to the French love of winemaking – there has been serious interest in tea estates and different ways of growing popular and time-honoured teas, such as Assam and Darjeeling.
Salons de thé have grown in popularity in recent years, too, with quintessentially French tea blends on offer to taste; and a growing trend for tea-themed baking in the delightful cakes and sweet treats served to accompany the tea.
Find out more about the history of tea – in France and the UK – on the Chateau Rouge gastronomic discoveries blog
Why not enjoy your own French-inspired afternoon tea at home, while taking in the highlights of the Paris Fashion Week shows online? We recommend the Chateau Rouge coffee, naturally, and how about a nice cup of our 100% Organic Classique Earl Grey or Queen of Darjeeling Très chic, et bon gout, naturellement! Discover more...
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|Weights and volumes of loose leaf tea tins may vary slightly per product. We pack all our tea tins full and weights are dependent on the type of tea and tea leaf size.|
|Tea bags tin sizes: 17 tea bags tin, 60 tea bags tin or 50 tea bags refill pouches. We pack our tea bags with larger quantities of loose leaf tea. This ensures a full flavour cup and is possible to use 2x per tea bag - for a large mug or small teapot. View actual tin and pouches sizes here|
|Our tea tins (2 sizes) come in our new Chateau Rouge cartons. Where applicable our jams, honey and preserves are packed in similar boxes of two jars. These have also been designed for gift packaging. All our packaging is made from FSC recycled or recyclable card and we only print using 100% environmentally inks.|