We can’t help but feel for the humble cafetiere. With coffee tastes becoming ever-more discerning, we now live in an age of full-on domestic barista-style coffee machines and drive thru coffee chains.
As such, cafetieres increasingly find themselves relegated to the back of the kitchen cupboard, their use in future coffee preparation questionable.
However, they do in fact have a much-needed new use; with interest in loose speciality teas on the rise, cafetieres needn’t linger in the shadows any longer. They can now proudly rebrand themselves into – a…(drumroll please)…‘Tea press’.
That’s right, by simply adding loose leaf tea to your cafetiere instead of ground coffee you too can unleash new life into it.
Why are we making a big deal of this? Well, we have spent the last few months doing our fair share of markets, tasting sessions, demonstrations and presentations of our delicious tea range. In doing so, we ditched the rather more classy tasting cups and deployed an army of mini-cafetieres to demonstrate just how simple and unpretentious the making and enjoyment of loose leaf cup can be at home. And it’s amazing how many people are pleasantly surprised by the light bulb discovery that a cafetiere really is all that’s required.
So, if the idea of ditching the teabag strikes the fear of god inside you, fear no more – a foray into the delicious world of our loose leaf tea does not require any expensive investment into tea making equipment. That old cafetiere in the back of the cupboard will do the job just fine. And if you don’t own one, they can be picked up for as little as a fiver from major retailers. Just make sure you do the sacred double or triple “plunge” at the end of your steep time to ensure consistent flavour throughout your brew.
Our loose leaf teas are available to buy here, and for one week only, you can pick up a 10% discount on all loose leaf tea purchases using the promotional code “cafetiere” at checkout. We look forward to receiving your order.
It's an exciting week here at Debonair Tea Company HQ – our very first directly sourced tea is finally available to buy!
Darjeeling teas, and particularly the range produced at Glenburn, are absolute favourites of our co-founder and in-house sommelier, Louisa.
The name ‘Darjeeling’ literally means the ‘land of the thunderbolt’. The British acquired the land here in 1835, the first tea seeds were sown in 1839 and following bumper harvests, private growers had more than 2,000 plants growing in the area by 1853. It was not until 1856 that the first commercial tea garden was established.
Given that some of the very finest tea producing regions are seasonal so that the tea plant only grows in warmer temperatures, Spring is a very exciting time in tea production. Indeed, the plucking season in India, China, Japan and even Europe – including England’s Tregothnan tea gardens (pictured) – run from March through to November.
Following harvesting and processing, the very first of the new season’s tea leaves begin to make their way across the world from Asia in time for early summer.
It's been a lot of work behind the scenes but we are proud to finally be unveiling our latest offering - our high quality, Ceremonial Grade Japanese Matcha!
While we at Debonair Tea Co. enjoy all that the Japanese matcha tea ceremony has to offer, matcha has become quite the superfood darling in recent years and for good reason; it has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea!
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