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Spotlight on Obubu Shaded Sencha

Spotlight on Obubu Shaded Sencha

by on August 20th, 2017

In Kate’s second blog from the Obubu farm, she tells us about one of the most sought-after Japanese green teas - shaded Sencha. How is it grown? And why is it so special? Let’s find out…


Kate: I have to admit,  even though I’ve worked with tea for quite a few years now, I departed for Japan knowing next to nothing about shaded tea (slap on the wrist.) Its ok though – because how better to learn about it than by actually farming it?


You’ve probably heard of Sencha. It's the most famous and one of the most popular Japanese teas. It’s characterised by its long, thin needle shaped leaves. Sencha was... Read more

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Afternoon Tea Week 2017

by on August 14th, 2017

Afternoon tea was first introduced to the UK back in the 1840's by the seventh Duchess of Bedford, Anna Maria Russell. It is said to have all started when she complained of a sore stomach after only being able to eat twice a day, and began enjoying a small afternoon snack accompanied with a cup of tea. Afternoon Tea Week is an entire week dedicated to the delicacy. In celebration, we are featuring some of the wonderful places that you can relish an Afternoon tea around the UK.


Afternoon tea beside the Exe Estuary at Lympstone Manor


Lympstone Manor

Lympstone, Devon

Officially opening it's doors this year, Lympstone Manor is the latest project... Read more

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Profile of the Obubu Tea farm

Profile of the Obubu Tea farm

by on August 10th, 2017

Kate, former Canton team member, spent an exciting few months at Obubu Tea in Japan, helping to harvest and process their spring green teas. Here she explains why Japanese green tea is so special, and how the team at Obubu Tea are doing things a little bit differently…


Kate: Japanese Tea and the culture that surrounds it have always been a little bit mysterious. Perhaps this is because superior  Japanese teas  are not readily available to tea drinkers outside of Japan, perhaps because some of the deep umami flavours they carry can be an acquired taste, or perhaps it’s simply because people just don’t know enough about them.


The story of Obubu... Read more

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Summer Limited Edition Collection

by on August 3rd, 2017

Introducing our second limited edition collection of the year - the summer collection, featuring the very best teas harvested in May and June this year. May is one of my favourite times of the year for tea as this is when the season really kicks off on the islands of Taiwan and Japan- when the climate warms up enough for the tea bushes to awaken; the Jasmine harvest is also in full swing in China, so jasmine scented teas begin to appear on the market. We have some really special teas for you this summer- some classic, can’t live without favourites and one or two spectacular new treats that need... Read more

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Introducing the Yellow Sprig Dan Cong

by on June 29th, 2017

One of the real heroes of our 2017 Spring Limited Edition Collection is the Yellow Sprig Dan Cong, an oolong from the Phoenix Mountains with a long and fascinating history, which undergoes an extraordinary transformation from tea bush to cup.


The Yellow Sprig Dan Cong is a precious and amazingly flavoursome tea, which is why there was no question whether it would have a place in this year’s spring collection! While thousands of varieties of oolong exist, few compare when it comes to the Yellow Sprig’s intense flavours that assault the senses over and over.  Its tiny leaves are picked from just ten 200 year-old tea trees that grow on the... Read more

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The Top of Tea from the Himalayas

by on June 19th, 2017

Canton’s Himalayan Heroes
How did tea get to the Himalayas and why is it so good?
In the grand scheme of tea, the Himalayas (those 47 million year old mountains) are a very young tea producing area. By the mid-19th Century the Brits had the beginnings of a serious, population- wide tea addiction on their hands. Reliant on China for their fix (who was not the most stable supply) and not willing to risk running out, they took things into their own hands and went about establishing tea gardens in India, which at the time was under the rule of the British owned East India Company. In 1841 the first tea bushes... Read more

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First Flush Darjeeling by the Selimbong Estate

by on June 2nd, 2017

This year, our First Flush Darjeeling comes from the Selimbong estate. Ali, our head of tea, tells us why this tea is so important to us:


The Darjeeling First Flush is one of the most highly anticipated events in the whole of the tea calendar. As spring arrives in the Himalayas and the mountainsides thaw out, the tea bushes slowly come back to life and by early March there is a smattering of bright green buds and young leaves covering the fields. This is our precious first flush. It kicks off a Mexican wave of tea harvests which start at Darjeeling (and Nepal) and sweep East to Yunnan and Sichuan and... Read more

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Introducing Canton Limited Edition

by on May 16th, 2017

I am so excited to introduce the Canton Tea Limited Edition range. Our curated mini collections showcasing the best of the tea seasons from all over the tea producing world. Direct sourced fresh from the garden: extreme artisan, premium grade, rare, wild or just bloody delicious (always bloody delicious).
The Spring Collection features extreme artisan teas from China and our Himalayan Heroes from Darjeeling and Nepal - handpicked and handmade in March and April 2017. The Summer collection which launches later in the year will showcase the best of island-grown teas - featuring emerald hued green teas from Japan, silky high mountain oolongs from Taiwan and even an extremely rare Hawaiian... Read more

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Customer Spotlight: Pettigrew Tea Rooms

by on April 26th, 2017

The clocks have gone forward and spring is finally here- time to come out of hibernation and start enjoying the outdoors again! If you live in South Wales, you’ve no doubt spent a sunny afternoon wandering around Bute Park- a haven of luscious parkland in the heart of Cardiff, famous for its arboretum and architecture. It’s also home to Pettigrew Tea Rooms, a proud stockist of Canton Tea, which has called the West Lodge at the southern end its home since 2012.

I caught up with tearoom manager Regina, who told me that the unique location is one of Pettigrew’s selling points:


“David opened the Tea Rooms in March 2012, it was... Read more

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Do we pay enough for tea?

by on March 13th, 2017

Have you been listening to BBC Radio 4 Food Programme's series on tea? We love that tea is getting the attention it deserves - move over coffee!


Yesterday's focus was on tea worker's conditions - this struck a chord with us, as the ethics behind sourcing tea is a key focus here at Canton Tea.

Treating farmers fairly is one of our founding principles. ​And sticking to the values of Canton​ means we will not buy tea from large scale tea producers or anonymous ​suppliers who treat tea as cheap commodity and have dubious conditions for their workers, I highly suggest you go and check Lumitea site, you will find the best... Read more

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