Posts Tagged ‘tea’

Super Kate and Lahloo Tea win Gold Taste Award 2010

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Kate Gover at Lahloo Tea wins Taste Award 2010

Lahloo is celebrating after winning four prizes at the sixteenth annual national Great Taste Awards this week.

Lahloo won GREAT TASTE GOLD for 4 of their beautiful loose leaf teas.

“We got the exciting phone call the other day and have been dancing around the room since with huge grins on our faces!”

Lahloo is specialized in artisan single estate and custom-blended loose leaf tea with flavour and provenance.

“I know how fantastic Lahloo Tea is but to stand out among what is really talented competition after just 18 months and receive these awards is a great achievement. It gives me confidence that Lahloo is heading in the right direction.”

This is quite an achievement for such a young company especially as Kate Gover used to hate tea with a passion!!

Tea: from great-great grandfather to great-great granddaughter!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Kate Gover used to hate tea with a passion.

That was until she tasted a Japanese green tea produced by farmers on a tiny estate. She fell in love with the complex taste and a new and exciting world opened up in front of her.

That one extraordinary cup inspired Kate to start Lahloo and it would be hard to find somebody more passionate about tea.

Although Kate’s love of tea was ignited by a single cup of artisan Japanese green tea, it was studying tea and its British history that led her to a remarkable discovery, not to mention inspiration for the company name.

During her research, she learnt that her great-great grandfather, George Hockaday, sailed aboard an iconic 19th century tea clipper called the Lahloo.

She offers tea drinkers a boutique collection of loose-leaf tea from some of the world’s finest small tea gardens. These distinctive teas are a world away from the faceless, mass-produced tea produced in huge factories.

This is hand-picked tea with character, flavour, provenance, and, like Kate and Lahloo, each one has its own fascinating story to tell.

 

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When “passion” really means something: Clare, a passionate producer

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Interviewing produces like Clare Jones, The Bellevue Tea Company, just makes you realize what “passion for what you do” means in fact.

She has just come on board at FoodAdo, bringing her beautifully packaged tea, a lot of good energy and a fantastic story:

“My love affair with tea began nearly 25 years ago in Calcutta, as it was there that I first met Mike, my tea-trader husband.”

You listen and you know already you want to know more.

“Tea has been at the heart of my life ever since. From that essential, first cup of tea of the day, to an enjoyable afternoon tea at a friend’s house, I cannot help myself from appraising each and every cup. After years of sharing a life with someone who, quite literally, sniffs the contents of teapots, or dissects teabags in hotels, it was inevitable that I became, as it were, infused with the subject.”

“Over the years, I seem to have become, like my husband has always been, a tea “help desk” to anyone I know, or happen to meet. People do seem to want to talk about tea, and have all sorts of questions… Which tea to drink and where to buy it? Which tea bags are the best at the moment? What gives Earl Grey its flavour? Is this tea any good?

It became clear that the obvious thing to do, with the guidance of my own in-house expert, was to go into the business myself. So, for the last two years I have put much of my energy and enthusiasm into creating and building the Bellevue tea brand.

A trip to Sri Lanka was, of course, essential. I wanted to make sure that I was happy with the way the tea was being produced. I visited the estates where my tea is grown, and met the people where it is packed. I was reassured by what I saw – the people are well treated and proud of their work, and I was made to feel really welcome.

Bellevue tea finally launched in 2008 and the HQ is located in the London Borough of Wandsworth. The company is named after a local, picturesque shopping street called: Bellevue Road, in the heart of South West London.

During our first year in business, Bellevue teas were being sold all over the UK and as we celebrated our company’s first birthday, we were very pleased to welcome Harrods onto the list of stockists! Now in our second year, with demand for our teas growing to include customers in Eire, the USA and Canada, Bellevue tea still feels like a small, “boutique” brand.

Tea is more central to my life than ever before, as anybody who visits my house discovers when they see the tea piled high in the doorway. With the help and encouragement of my husband and my four very patient children, the brand building goes on. There are now five good-looking, fine tasting Bellevue teas - and many more in the pipeline!

I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas to help choose the newest addition to the Bellevue tea family. Please do get in touch any time, we always enjoy hearing from tea drinkers everywhere. “