Plastic in teabags

Plastic in Teabags

You may have recently read an article about the adverse aspects of plastic particles in so called ‘silken or silk’ tea bags. As far back as 2013 we raised our concern about these bags and the false claims being made by some tea companies about the materials used as well as the unfounded claim that

Better Tea: Man or Machine?

While it is stating the obvious that careful and selective picking of tea leaves by hand will always give you better quality tea, the case is now being made for mechanical plucking methods. The best tea is produced by careful picking by hand of two leaves and the bud from the new growth or ‘flush’.

How Do You Brew?

Good quality tea and good water are the essentials for a great cuppa. However to brew the best cup of tea the quantities used, as well as the brewing or steeping times, are crucial. The table below will give a guide to the amount of tea to be used as well as the optimal brewing

Single Estate Teas & Blended Teas

Single Estate Teas are teas produced from a single plantation or even from a particular garden (sometimes referred to as a division) within a particular plantation. These teas will vary in flavour depending on the time of the year in which the tea is harvested, the particular weather patterns prevailing at the time and also

Altitude, soil, rainfall and climate collectively referred to as ‘terroir’ in wine growing and tea production also determine the flavour, appearance and quality of the tea. High grown teas generally have a distinctly lighter, subtle flavour and quality in comparison to the denser and more liquory low grown teas. There are also mid grown teas

White Tea – How can it be?

White tea is so named because of the whitened or silver colour of the leaves. In ancient China, because of its scarcity, only the nobility were permitted to drink it. Legend has it that the buds of the unopened leaves were picked at sunrise from selected bushes using golden shears by maidens wearing gloves. The buds were

Other Tea Growing Countries

Many countries grow tea, mainly for domestic consumption. Indonesia is a large producer of quality black tea mainly used in teabags. Taiwan is famous for its quality semi processed Oolong teas. Turkey, Russia, Iran, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil and Malaysia also produce commercial quantities. Russia was a relatively large producer but

It may surprise you to know that Kenya which produces 8 per cent of the world’s tea, which is the third largest producer behind China and India,  it is also the largest exporter of tea in the world. The strong and liquory  teas that are produced by the CTC method (crush, tear, curl) as distinct

Ceylon Tea – Golden Brew

Probably producing the best black tea in the world, when Ceylon changed its name to Sri Lanka in the early 1970s it chose to retain the Ceylon Tea branding for which it had become famous. A country blessed with fertile soil and its weather governed by regular monsoon rains, agricultural produce such as grains, spices,

Matcha – Magic Green Powder

Matcha is a finely powdered green tea used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony CHANOYU. Tea bushes which produce Matcha are covered with bamboo mats prior to being picked. This produces a slightly darker leaf and is said to increase the quality of nutrients, giving rise to many claims relating to its health benefits. The

Japan’s Exotic Teas

Japan has a very old and established history of tea. However almost all tea produced in Japan is consumed domestically. Tea is grown mainly in the Southern prefectures (regions) such as Kagoshima, Shizuku and Kyoto. Sencha teas where the harvested leaves are steamed to enhance flavour and appearance, make up almost 80 per cent of

India – Chai, Chai & more Chai

India is the second largest producer of tea with about 23% of the world’s production. Again like China most of its production is consumed locally. The teas from Darjeeling, in the foothills of the Himalaya are known as the champagne of teas and its first flush teas are highly sought after, particularly in Europe. Assam