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Speciality Tea as Part of a Vegan Lifestyle

New to veganism? The tea world has just become your (plant-based) oyster! November marks World Vegan Month and this post is inspired by a number of tea drinking friends who have embraced a plant-based diet or have eliminated dairy.

Chai: An ever-changing brew

As the popularity of chai and chai tea preparations soars around the world, its original nature and development down the ages has seemingly been lost in translation.  And it's no wonder. After all, at it's root, the single word "Chai" (or Cha) is the word for "tea" in many Eurasian languages, stemming from the Persian word "chay", which originated from the Chinese word for tea, "chá"...

Tea - A Tradition Revisited (Article for Hythe Life Winter Edition)

The British penchant for tea is a national institution, but in a world now dominated by big coffee chains and increasingly complex coffee concoctions our devotion to the humble cuppa is seemingly in decline.  Or is it? There has been unprecedented growth in ‘speciality’ tea over the last decade, but what does ‘speciality’ actually mean? A hundred years ago there was nothing particularly special about loose, whole leaf tea. In many ways we are in fact going back to basics!

What makes Earl Grey tea, Earl Grey?!

It’s the most popular flavoured tea in the world but we are often asked what it is that makes Earl Grey tea, Earl Grey?!Named after Charles, Earl Grey, a nineteenth century Prime Minister of Great Britain, there are a number stories about why the tea came to be named after him.However, while the origins of its name are uncertain, the distinctive Earl Grey flavour is derived from the oil of Bergamot, a citrus fruit grown predominantly in Southern Italy. Calabria, in Southern Italy, is home to 80% of commercially grown bergamot.

Tea in Britain - A Brief History On #nationalteaday

While Brits are renowned worldwide for their penchant for a cuppa, the origins of this tradition are, in historical terms, pretty recent. Here's our very brief history of tea in the UK in honour of National Tea Day today.The Chinese are believed to have been drinking tea for around 5,000 years and far from the British being the first Europeans to bring tea to our continent, it was in fact the Portuguese and the Dutch in 1610! 
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