Spring Tea Season #tealadytravels
Since Malawi I've been to Spain to help with the almond blossom harvest. And I've been to Mexico to set up projects with small holder farmers to grow herbs for us. And then 9,000 miles across China to select the new season's harvests and visit old friends on tea-gardens I've been working with for over a dozen years now. And finally, I'm back from Japan- visiting the masters of Matcha and Gyokuro in Uji. It never gets old. It's a true privilege of a life.
If you want to see more of it follow my Instagram account @raretealady
Direct Trade and Rare Charity
On a farm in the Shire Highlands of Malawi in East Africa some our most beautiful tea is crafted. It's called Satemwa. And it's here we started Rare Charity.
Filling in the yawning gaps and my upcoming book- Infused.
It’s been a while since the last blog- a big yawning gap. I’ve been writing here (sometimes) diligently and (often) sporadically writing since 2004 when I set up the first RTC website. I coerced some of my team to help out along the way and we have kept it going until I got asked by Faber & Faber to write a book about my adventures in tea
Please call me Mr Tea.
I remember the conversation vividly when I told my best friend that I was leaving the world of digital marketing to move into tea. "Tea" she said, pausing ironically, to take a sip from the coffees we were drinking "but what do you know about tea?"
There's something in the water
The Punch Room Scandal-Water Sessions.
(Afternoon Tea but not as you know it)
Noma down under...
Some of you may know already, but some of our best Danish friends has taken a trip down under - Noma Australia is now open in Sydney, for a few short weeks.
Guest Post from the legendary Symmetry Breakfast
For most of us, SymmetryBreakfast needs no introduction, with over half a million Instagram followers, he has taken the platform by storm and given us extreme morning-commute hunger pangs. But please let us introduce you to the man behind those lovingly made breakfasts - Mr Michael Zee (if you call him Mike you don't get breakfast). Here at Rare Tea we all know him as Mr Breakfast and a true gentlemen he is. Over the many weeks he has been calling Rare Tea HQ his home - we offered him a space to sit and drink tea while he finishes his book #CookLoveShare (due out in August).
We have come to know him well and here are a few choice facts about him:
1) He loves a filthy joke
2) He always smells fabulous
3) He does also like lunch and dinner
Below is a guest blog post he has kindly written for us. The musings from the king of breakfast. Enjoy:
Eater's Bill Addison has compiled America's Essential Restaurants 2016. Drum roll please...
I hope this makes your tea taste even better.
I'm now on a mountain in Africa.
We have set up Rare Charity to support and run educational projects on our partner farms and in their wider communities. I'm off to set up the first programs.
New Year Indulgences
It doesn't have to be a time of drear misery. We can be dry without being parched.
Even if we might have over-indulged over Christmas and want to clean up a bit in January we don't have to suffer. There is beautiful, delicious, divine and delightful tea to keep us going.