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Sep 11, 2018

Zest Tea Cocktail Series: Rock & Rose (Vegan Friendly)

We are tea-lighted to introduce our latest wholesale partnership with the very shiny and new Zest bistro in Ramsgate, Kent - Louisa's hometown! Serving contemporary local food and fragrant, innovative cocktails, their head mixologist Chris Clemson has very kindly agreed to share some of his tea-based cocktail recipes with us all! First up: the Rock and Rose, using our Rosebud Lemonade herbal infusion - a burst of homemade lemonade with a delicate, lingering rose finish - the perfect tipple for a much hoped for Indian summer!

Jun 6, 2018

Introducing...Afternoon Tea FUDGE!

For Debonair Tea Co co-founder, Louisa, a trip to Canterbury would never be complete without a stop at Fudge Kitchen. So when Sian Holt, Fudge Kitchen's MD, approached us about a tea-infused fudge collaboration it really was a dream come true!

May 1, 2018

Our Ethical Sourcing Policy

We are often asked - quite rightly - about our ethical sourcing policy and whether or not our tea is "Fairtrade". Given the vast range of ingredients that go into our products, this is not a question to which we can provide a snappy PR answer, but like most things we do, something to which we are very happy to give a detailed response.

Mar 12, 2018

Chai Infused Bloody Mary by East Cliff Kitchen

Since our very early days, we have been very lucky to work with the incredible chef/art talent that is Cherry Truluck of East Cliff Kitchen in Folkestone, specialising in local, pescatarian cooking. Below, she shares unique Ruby's Rooibos Chai infused Bloody Mary recipe with us which have become a staple of her pop-up brunches which have been taking Folkestone by storm in recent months...

Oct 27, 2017

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"...

Jun 27, 2017

Glenburn FTGFOP1 First Flush Darjeeling 2017 Harvest

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...

Jun 24, 2017

New Season Tea - Coming Soon!

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.

Jun 1, 2017

Just Landed - Ceremonial Grade Matcha!

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!

Dec 1, 2016

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!

Aug 22, 2016

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.

Aug 18, 2016

Caffeine in Tea: Dispelling the Myths!

One of the most common questions we get asked is which of our teas contain caffeine. Indeed, with the constant health claims made about various teas and infusions in the media, it’s unsurprising there’s some confusion. What is caffeine? Caffeine occurs naturally in some plants including coffee beans, tea leaves and cacao pods used to make chocolate... 

Jul 15, 2016

It pays to buy good tea - but not if your water's unfiltered!

"IT PAYS TO BUY GOOD TEA" - It's a phrase that adorns many a vintage wooden tea chests, but it doesn't come without caveats.Today we talk one condition in particular: the need to prepare your tea in equally good water, which effectively comprises 99% of your brew!Debonair Tea HQ is situated in what we could definitely claim to be the hard water capital of the UK. The White Cliffs of Dover are pretty close neighbours and, given that hard water is formed when it percolates through deposits of limestone and chalk, you can imagine just how hard the water is.
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