Ever wondered, how do you make the best English Breakfast tea? We all know Britain is a nation of tea-lovers, filled with fans of all varieties of tea imaginable. Yet a few select favourites have managed to carve their way into the national consciousness more than some - traditional builders tea is definitely a national obsession second to none.
Ever since its creation in the 1800's no other quintessential English tea has been recognised worldwide for it's 'Englishness' and served at luxury afternoon teas. With its distinctive citrus flavour, Earl Grey tea is much lighter than it's sister English Breakfast tea, which generally has stronger tasting black teas from Assam or Africa. But how much do you really know about this classic? What are the health benefits (or side effects) and how to drink it?
Officially the most consumed drink in England (and many other countries worldwide) and the way most of us start our day at home with our favourite morning brew of organic breakfast tea. But what really is an official 'English breakfast tea', if the perfect or definitive blend even exists? How should you drink yours and what time of the day should you be switching on the kettle? Why are some teas much more expensive than others?
India is the world’s second largest tea producer (after China) but makes the most black tea. From Darjeeling to Assam, Nilgiri to Sikkim - this is indeed a treasure trove for all tea lovers around the globe. With so many different locations and varieties to choose from, what are the different organic tea varieties and production regions in India? Which are India’s most famous teas, and what stories do they have to tell?
Second only to water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. While green tea deserves most of the attention for its health benefits and widespread popularity in large parts of Asia; Earl Grey tea is gradually becoming fashionable again. Like English Breakfast tea, there is no official recorded account of how this blend of black tea with bergamot oil originated, but there are a few likely stories...
In April this year, the Financial Times ran an article about vanilla prices reaching an all time high. Why would something so vanilla, as vanilla, make it into the mainstream press? Because the price of vanilla has grown exponentially in recent years, thanks to our love of this little plant. In April of this year, vanilla was trading at $600 per kilo, up from $100 per kilo in 2015. Important for us as is what we use in our Earl Grey tea...
Violent protests in India wouldn’t normally pique our interest, but when those political protests start affecting our afternoon tea habit, it’s enough to make us, a nation of tea lovers, sit up and take note. But it isn’t all tea production in India that is affected, just Darjeeling teas - grown and produced in the Indian state of Darjeeling.