Health & Lifestyle

Aneisha Walker
Ethical Tea Partnership

Ethical Tea Partnership

We’re a nation of tea monsters consuming over 165 million cuppas every year and growing. It’s no surprise then that we have nightmares about empty cuppas and the future of our tea. We’ve got your backs. To keep up with the worlds growing love affair with tea in a socially just and environmentally sustainably way, the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) was formed. What is the Ethical Tea Partnership? Established back in 1997, there are now 40 international members with staff in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, China and our home turf London! Membership is open to any company...

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What is white tea & why is it so great?

What is white tea & why is it so great?

We thought it time we give you the low-down on white teas. Our lovely White Peony (Bai Mu Dan named as the buds resemble peony flowers) and Jasmine Silver Needle (Bai Hao Yinzhen) have been a highlight during our afternoon tea sessions these summer months. White teas come from the same plant as blacks, greens & oolongs, the “Camellia Sinensis” but are the least processed of all the teas. The tea leaves are hand-picked during Spring when the buds & leaves are still young’uns and are then left to wither and dry. This limited window of opportunity to pick the leaves, combined with the...

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The History of Afternoon Tea

The History of Afternoon Tea

This week, we are giving it up for Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. The name doesn’t ring a bell? Shame on you, for without this woman and her mighty hunger pangs, we would not be enjoying afternoon tea today. The history is brief: one afternoon, Anna was feeling peckish and had the brilliant idea of asking for a combo of some sarnies and a cake to be brought to her room. And so the Afternoon Tea was born. Not quite a Eureka moment but we’ll give her some credit anyway. Today, most will have their Afternoon Tea in the...

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Oolong. The long (and short) of it.

Oolong. The long (and short) of it.

Oo-what? You’re not alone if you’ve never heard of an Oolong before. So, we’re here to give you a brief introduction. Let’s get technical. You may be surprised, but Oolong tea actually comes from the same plant as both Green and Black teas. But (and it’s a big but), there is a key difference, which is how it is manufactured. Unlike Blacks, which are fully oxidised, and Greens, which are not at all, Oolong is oxidised from anywhere between 8% and 85%. This is why it flaunts so may different textures and flavours. Got your attention? Read on. Although there...

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