tea tasting

Buy Loose Leaf Teas

Black loose leaf tea Speciality Green tea Oolong tea Speciality White tea Flavoured teas Herbal infusions Rooibos teaware & tea pots

Bev stocks a range of good honest loose leaf teas from around the world. I taste all of the teas myself and they are packed into re-sealable foil pouches to ensure freshness and flavour.

Having lived and worked on a tea plantation in Sri Lanka (Amba Tea Estate) where I set up a small tea processing factory and created a range of hand made loose leaf teas, I understand only too well how much hard work goes into every cuppa so an important part of the project was ensuring a fair deal for the workers. We set up a share scheme to put money directly back into the pockets of the tea pluckers and makers. Tea is personal and buying tea is all about trust and having good relationships with both growers and suppliers. Fairly traded tea is very important to us so we only source tea from people we know personally and whose ethical stance matches ours.

‘An adventure with tea!’

Drinking good tea is pure joy, a moment in your day just for you. Whether you are up a hill, in your office, on your bike or at home you can travel the world in your teacup! Make your own small 'escape' to the streets of India with a cup of our warming chai, to the Himalayas with our Golden Maloom Nepali brew or head to Georgia and the Caucasus mountains with a cup of our fine Georgian tea. If you want to learn more about tea, why not try our taster packs and try something new. Choose from our range of black tea ~ green tea ~ Oolong ~ white tea ~ fruit and herbal infusions ~ rooibos or flavoured teas. There are millions of types of tea out there that would take more than one lifetime to try out. I have tasted thousands of cups of tea as a tea maker and I'm picky about what teas I sell. My teas may not be the rarest nor the fanciest but I have tried to find some good honest teas for my own daily addiction and I hope that you will also find a favourite to enjoy.

‘Tea makes me happy...it's that simple’

Grow your own camellia sinensis tea plant?

Tea plantation tea making talk

You may have heard that we are starting to plant tea here in the UK? It's true, tea has been planted in Cornwall for several years and is now being planted elsewhere in England, Scotland and Wales although on a relatively small scale and will always be speciality rather than commercially produced tea for tea bags. I am busy propagating a few plants of my own and we hope to supply plants next year to aspiring back garden tea planters. Tea plants are part the camellia family and are hardy little plants that grow in the Himalayas. As well as advising a group of Scottish tea growers, I have also been working in America to develop new teas. Teas that I created for The Great Mississippi Tea Company Ltd. Were entered into the TOTUS (Tea of the United States) awards last year and were awarded a first for green, black and oolong in the non-commercial category.

What's all the fuss about loose leaf teas?

Tea leaves

A lot of work goes into tea production whether the tea ends up in a bag or not. Tea bags contain either dust or very finely broken or chopped leaves and are designed for a quick dunk in a mug. Loose leaf teas take a few minutes for the leaves to uncurl and release all of their flavour but when they do...oh boy are you in for a treat so FREE THE LEAVES! Good whole leaf teas can also be brewed more than once...just as long as you remove the leaves from the water at the end of the brew and don't let them stew. Essentially it's like orange squash as opposed to fresh orange juice or instant coffee as opposed to freshly ground beans. Does anyone remember smash instant mashed potato...say no more!

What's in a leaf?

All teas are made from different varieties of the same plant ~ the most common being camellia var. sinensis or camellia var. assamica, whether they are black, white green or oolong it's just a different process that produces the different types of tea. Research suggests that drinking as few as three cups of tea a day can have a beneficial effect on your health. Green tea is known for its antioxidant properties, however black tea actually has the same amount!

Guides for the perfect brew every time!

size of tea leaf water temperature number of steeps black and sweet honey and lemon milk

Most people equate 1 tsp per cup, however large leaf teas need more teaspoons to get to the requisite number of grammes for a perfect cup. You will see this information displayed with each tea that you explore. ...including the number of times you can steep...a new concept to many novice speciality tea drinkers.
Chinese quote:

'The first brew is for your enemy, the second for the servant, the third for your wife, fourth for your mistress, the fifth for your business partner and the last you keep for yourself.'

When making tea at home, I use a kettle with variable temperature controls and a tea timer to get the perfect brew, there are small luxuries in my kitchen. When travelling I take a flask of hot water, green tea and a jam jar or pot..by the time I'm ready for tea, the water in the flask will have cooled down to a good temperature to brew a decent cup of green tea.

If I'm out camping I use the traditional Chinese method for working out temperature from the bubbles in the water, 'fish eyes' for green teas (the first bubbles forming on the bottom of your pan), 'strings of pearls' for oolong teas (columns of bubbles, like champagne), and roaring brook (full boil) for black teas and Pu-erhs. I don't use a watch or timer, I let the tea leaves unfurl, and when the brew looks right and the aroma starts to build then I know that the steep is perfect.