Food trends may come and go, but your own personal gourmet adventures never really end. Whether you are looking at improving your health, want to enjoy a traditional cup of tea or coffee, or are always on a voyage of discovery to try new tastes from around the world, variety truly is the spice of life…
We’ve been learning a lot about how organic tea can improve health and supplement our lifestyles, whether that’s from benefitting from the antioxidants in green or black tea, enjoying the therapeutic benefits of rooibos or honeybush teas, or simply taking the time to relax and rest with a good cuppa.
But there’s so much more to tea. Tea has been used throughout history in various guises, for ceremonial and social occasions, brewed with herbs and spices for medicinal purposes, enjoyed as part of a meal – a staple part of many a breakfast, or a leisurely afternoon tea.
Tea has also played its role in civilisations both ancient and modern, in countries across the globe, and has been intertwined with many aspects of social, family and political life. Indeed, tea has both united and separated people and places throughout the ages.
Everyone has their own preference – an elegant Earl Grey, a lively cup of Assam, or maybe a refreshing, fragrant green or herbal tea? See if there’s something you like the sound of our organic loose leaf tea range.
Some people don’t like tea at all, so perhaps a cup of coffee is the order of the day?
It seems that life has come full circle. in England, tea was first served in coffee houses. The drink was designed to have a sedative effect rather than create the caffeine rush that we associate with coffee today. The purpose of coffee houses as a place for men to converse and conduct business may have evolved, but the role of the coffee shop as a place to work and socialise; the links between coffee, day to day city life and the business world, are still strong.
The tea and coffee on sale in the coffee house establishments were expensive and, like spices and other imports, the amount you could afford was directly linked to your status and wealth. While the price of artisan and fashionable coffee blends may have soared (and in some cases, shocked) in recent years, this reflects supply and demand and the evolving taste trends of the time.
People now want more from their coffee – quality, taste, a blend suited to personal preferences, interesting ways for the drink to be served, and above all, understanding the real story and the process that has gone into producing the coffee. This was not something that people would have necessarily thought about in the UK recently as the 1980s, so is a sign of change in the nation’s gourmet preferences over recent decades.
This new attitude towards and appreciation of coffee in the UK also reflects a more European attitude to coffee drinking, where it has long been part of an important aspect of daily life; as a sociable or relaxing time in the day, where you expect to drink good quality coffee with a strong heritage and pedigree to the brand, with friends, family, or colleagues; or just sitting and watching the world go by.
Why not try the Barista Italian Blend coffee for that little taste of Italy, along with the rich flavours of coffee beans from esteemed coffee estates across the globe?
Fashions and flavours may change, but there are continuous threads that have drawn these different aspects of our gourmet journeys together. While innovation and technology have led to great strides over the years, this is now balanced with a more natural, holistic and organic approach to what we consume and how we consume it.
We are now rightly concerned with the provenance of our food and drink, thinking about how it will help benefit us, our health and that of our families, but also considering and supporting the people that make it, their homes and livelihoods.
Organic farming, Fairtrade alliances and initiatives at a global, national and local level to support farmers and growers worldwide help us to give something back to the communities that provide our food and drink but also help us protect and preserve our earth. And that’s something that should be important to everyone. Making small changes in your daily life that help you live a more sustainable life.
Many countries are looking forward to a number of public holidays in May – we hope you enjoy it with your tasty drink of choice, wherever you may be and whomever you may be with. We hope your gourmet discoveries, like ours, continue for many years to come.
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The coffee bean is thought to have been first established in Ethiopia in the 15th century. By the 16th century, it had made its way to the rest of the Middle East, including South India, Persia, Turkey, and Africa. A short while later, and after the benefits of its use was realised, coffee spread to the Balkans, Italy, and finally, to the rest of Europe and America.
Are you trying to cut back on the alcohol or planning to go completely teetotal this summer? Going alcohol-free does not have to be boring and forget boring old iced-tea... We’ve put together a list of some tasty alternatives to the old classics, with guaranteed hangover-free drinks that everyone can enjoy. From family-friendly punches that everyone can drink to mocktails and virgin non-alcoholic cocktails, we’ve got it all.