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 in the Chateau Rouge 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 was 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 in to 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 Chateau Rouge 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.
Speaking of environmentalism and making small changes in your daily life that help you live a more sustainable life, you may also be interested to read about: 10 New uses for gourmet coffee (other than drinking it)
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 distinct flavour that gourmet coffee brings is not only a delight for your taste buds but it can also help you reduce cellulite and exfoliate skin, among many other things. If you aren't sure whether the coffee you're currently drinking is gourmet or not, you can simply read the label. There are two big categories of coffee: Arabica and Robusta...
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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.|