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About Canton Tea Co - the world's finest tea

Canton Tea Co is a British tea company trading in high grade, loose leaf tea from the finest growing regions in the world.


We have exclusive access to some of the best jasmine, white, green, oolong, black and authentic puerh tea available.

Behind Canton Tea Co

Canton Tea Co is a small independent UK company founded by Jennifer Wood in 2007. Jennifer worked for many years as a copywriter - nine of them with the late, great campaigner Anita Roddick. She has been drinking fine Chinese tea for many years, ever since her partner started bringing it back from his trips to China and Taiwan.

Edgar Thoemmes, webmaster and financial specialist, joined the company in 2009. He has a powerful appetite for China's tea and food culture and a brave, exploratory attitude evident on a recent trip to Sichuan where he determined to eat what the locals ate, irrespective of its visual appeal. He is now comfortably one of the UK’s most knowledgeable tea aficionados.



About Canton Tea Co

Edgar visiting tea farms in Wen Shan, Taiwan                     Jennifer running a tasting workshop at Petersham Nurseries      Mr Xu, tea farmer, supplies all our Pouchong tea


We buy direct from farmers

We are the only specialist China tea company with full time buyers in China and Taiwan. We do not use wholesalers nor do we rely on a couple of buying trips a year to select our stock. That means we know the provenance of every tea we sell. We buy direct from the source in China and Taiwan, seasonally and in small quantities.

In China our buying partner lives locally and works with a 5th generation Tea Master. They buy direct from traditional tea gardens and small producers whose entire crop would otherwise sell on the domestic market.


In Taiwan our tea comes from the mountain farm of Mr Xu, whose family we have known for many years. All our tea is bought at the fair market price and supports small, family–run enterprises. Many are certified organic; all are grown on traditional farms without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilisers.


Our Service

We offer excellent personal service. You can call us to discuss our tea, your order, or anything else on 0844 417 6363
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