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Interview with Beyond Bread

by on August 22nd, 2016

Last month, we were excited to add Beyond Bread to our expanding list of happy customers - a bakery in the heart of London where their goodies are fresh, satisfying and entirely gluten free.



 

While gluten free foods sometimes lack the excitement or variety of their traditional counterparts, what you get from Beyond Bread is something quite different. We spoke with Lana, a member of their dedicated  team to learn what Beyond Bread are all about and why they love Canton, before dropping by their new site in Islington for some tea training and to sample a sandwich or two!

 



 

Canton Tea: Tell us a little about Beyond Bread.

Lana: We are a... Read more

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Finished Long Jing leaves

How to store tea

by on August 10th, 2016

Ali, our head of tea, shares her three tips for how to keep your tea remaining fresh and at its best:

 

1. Dark and airtight 

Exposure to oxygen allows the tea leaves to continue to oxidise, which can change the flavour. To avoid this, store your tea a cool, dry, dark environment in an airtight container.

A tin caddy with an airtight seal like this one is an ideal way to store tea

 

You don't need to invest in fancy storage for your tea. Yes, an airtight tin or tea caddy makes it a little easier, but a snaplock plastic box, or kilner jar work equally as well providing you keep them in the... Read more

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A tea picker at Lingia

A Visit to Lingia

by on August 4th, 2016

Kate recently visited the Organic Lingia estate in Darjeeling. One of 13 gardens owned by the Chamong group, it is certified organic and boasts some of the most spectacular views in Darjeeling, and is where we source one of our delicious First Flush Darjeeling teas. 

 

 

Kate:

 

As we reach the entrance to the estate, over 6000ft above sea level, the views are breathtaking. I don’t say this lightly, as I’ve been living in the Darjeeling area for nearly 3 months and I know a good view when I see one. From a village perched in the hills, about half an hour from Darjeeling town, the road winds down through lush, deep green tea fields,... Read more

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Plucking tea by hand in the misty Himalayan fields of the Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden

Nepali Tea: Our first from the Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden

by on July 28th, 2016

This year we are so excited to be offering our very first Nepal Tea, Nepali Himalayan Black, made by the Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden.

Ali, Head of Tea, explains:

 

NEPALI TEA

 

Traditionally, when asked to list the main tea producing countries of the world, Nepal doesn’t automatically come to mind. In fact, Nepal has been producing tea for years and you may not have even realised you were drinking it.

 

Darjeeling is so close to Nepal, that some Darjeeling tea gardens are just a hop, skip and a jump away from the border. You may even be able to see a Nepalese tea field from a Darjeeling one.
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How to make matcha

Three Matcha Green Tea Recipes

by on July 27th, 2016

Last week, Canton founder Jennifer, treated staff at The Mae Deli to a session on how to whisk up Canton’s Organic Matcha green tea, ahead of it being added to their menu.

 



 

Velvety smooth and bursting with goodness, our organic matcha is a perfect match with Mae Deli’s ethos of serving delicious healthy food.

 


Ella Mills of Deliciously Ella, who founded The Mae Deli, has long been a fan of the health giving properties of matcha green tea, and has featured several recipes in her books and on her blog. Inspired by the training session, we’ve curated our own three favourite ways to enjoy matcha green tea.

 

Plus, to get everyone excited for our matcha... Read more

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Black Sheep

Profile: Black Sheep Coffee

by on July 26th, 2016

Black Sheep Coffee is a small chain of London-based coffee shops that has become a bit of a talking point since they first launched in 2013. Lead by four young and passionate founders, with an aim to break away from all things mundane and every day, their shops are known for their inviting atmosphere and DIY aesthetic.

 

This summer, Black Sheep has added an exciting range of iced teas to their menu. And, never one to miss an opportunity to hear what our customers are up to, I spoke with Mithalee, their head chef, to find out more.

 

“LEAVE THE HERD BEHIND”

 



 

The ethos of Black Sheep Coffee is a prominent one, adorning... Read more

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World Tea Brewers Cup

World Tea Brewers Cup in Dublin

by on July 6th, 2016

Jen:

To Dublin - surely one of the world's friendliest cities for the World Tea Brewers Cup. High excitement for Canton as we had two contestants and I was one of three judges. 18 international entrants meant stiff competition (and Canton Tea MD Edgar ramped up the pressure on our guys). Alice said later it was one of the most stressful experiences of her life. . .
This competition was all about the brewing: teasing the most lovely and characteristic liquor from the tea leaves. All contestants were given the same teas in unmarked bags, and had to brew with the same water. It was up to them to choose the... Read more

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Taiwanese samples

Spring teas arrive at Canton

by on July 5th, 2016

Ali:

 

Spring is always the most exciting time to be at Canton Tea, it means we are flying off around the world visiting tea gardens and literally hundreds of samples are arriving at the office. The postman always gets the cheeriest reception at Canton HQ! Every year we have the nicest of dilemmas: we taste so many delicious teas, we can't possibly stock them all, but we want to share all of the exciting and unusual teas we get to enjoy with our customers. Also, many of the lovely people who filled in our survey earlier in the year called for us to expand our range of teas and introduce some... Read more

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Sushi and Robata by Genji

Introducing Sushi and Robata

by on June 29th, 2016

Jen:

 

This week was the launch party of Sushi and Robata by Genji, based in Whole Foods on Kensington High Street.

 

This immense, revamped space of open kitchen and cool, casual eating at the bar or table has superb succulent dishes straight off the traditional Japanese style barbeque - or robata grill, as well as the best sushi. It doesn't come fresher - the MD of Genji UK is our great friend and pioneer of sushi in the UK, Silla Bjerrum.

 

Top Robata chef in action

 

Formerly the founder of Feng Sushi, Silla has always been a passionate advocate of extremely fresh, sustainable seafood. And based in Whole Foods, Kensington, the customers are... Read more

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Purple Leaf Bamboo Shoot

Purple Leaf Bamboo Shoot

by on June 29th, 2016

June's Tea of the Month, chosen by Canton's Head of Tea.

 

Ali:

 

This month I’ve had a tough time deciding which tea should claim the highly prized position of my Tea of the Month. We’ve just received our China spring teas, which will be available to buy on the website from next week, and it’s been difficult to choose which one I love best. They are all brilliant (but of course, I would say that – it’s my job to taste and choose which teas make the grade for Canton).

 

In the end, I’ve opted for Purple Leaf Bamboo Shoot, also known as Zi Sun Cha. I first discovered this tea back in 2013 as... Read more

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