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A Visit to Lingia

by on June 21st, 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. 





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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We’re hiring!

by on June 15th, 2016

We're on the hunt a part-time marketing coordinator to join our small and passionate team in Long Ashton, Bristol. It's a temporary six month position, to provide support to our Marketing Manager (that's me, Scarlett) and maternity cover for three days a week. 


Sound like it could be for you? Here's a bit more about the role:


You will work closely with me to coordinate all marketing activity for Canton Tea. This will include:

Keeping the website up to date with product launches and news using our CMS
Promoting our teas and teaware through online marketing campaigns
Reporting on all website and social analytics
Coordinating design, copy and photography


About you

You will have plenty of experience working in a busy marketing role... Read more

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Rooibos and strawberry iced tea

How to make cold brew iced tea

by on June 9th, 2016

The sun may be in hiding ahead of tomorrow’s National Iced Tea Day, but this iced tea method is so easy you’ll want to try it rain or shine.


Easy 3 ingredient, 3 step recipe for refreshing cold brew iced tea


You will need…
1 litre filtered cold water
12g loose leaf tea
30g syrup


1. Add all ingredients to an iced tea jug and stir
2. Pop in the fridge and leave to infuse for at least 1 hour (although overnight is best)
3. Pour the tea over ice, and serve as is or with a slice of lemon


Keep covered in the fridge for up to 5 days.


Canton team favourite: Organic Wild Rooibos and strawberry iced... Read more

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Tea Gifts for Thursday Day

Does your Dad love tea?

by on June 8th, 2016

Father’s Day is coming up fast in the UK (it’s on Sunday 19th June if it’s not yet in your diary). If your Dad is an avid tea drinker, why not spoil him this year with one of these gifts he can enjoy every day?

Here’s our top 5 tea gifts for Father’s Day.



1. Lapsang Souchong
From £6.00
With its classic flavours of campfire smokiness and freshly cut spruce, this tea is sure to evoke your Dad’s childhood memories.


2. Gaiwan 
The traditional way to infuse and drink tea. Perfect for the tea enthusiast.


3. Good Night Blend
From £6.00
Give the gift of sleep with this bespoke blend by Queen of Herbs, Jekka McVicar. Our head of... Read more

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Green Tea - Organic Gunpowder

Gunpowder Green Tea

by on May 31st, 2016

Why we've chosen to discontinue our Gunpowder Green Tea.


Our key aim at Canton Tea is to source the very best quality teas in the world for our customers, working closely with the small, family-run farms who produce them.


We recently took a look at our Gunpowder green tea. Gunpowder is a Chinese green tea mass-produced exclusively for the export market, and whilst the quality was not bad, it did not sit well with our principles. Our ethos here at Canton Tea is to source high grade, handmade teas direct from the farms and build strong partnerships with the people who grow them. With Gunpowder tea, this just isn't possible, and we... Read more

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Jekka McVicar

Jekka’s Modern Apothecary garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

by on May 23rd, 2016

Jekka McVicar, herb grower, RHS Ambassador and Canton Tea partner, has been exhibiting at Chelsea Flower Show since 1993. This year, she designed a show garden, an honour bestowed on only the top designers. Her theme this year is a Modern Apothecary, designed for St John’s Hospice.


Our own history with Jekka McVicar is intertwined with Chelsea Flower Show. Three years ago we launched our collaborative herbal infusion collection there, and in 2014 Jekka created English Summer Garden in celebration of the show, blending herbs and flowers commonly grown in an English garden to evoke the English summer in a teacup.


Jekka McVicar with Canton Directors Edgar and Jennifer - raising... Read more

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Red Roof

Interview with Red Roof cafe

by on May 19th, 2016

This month I spoke with Gareth, owner of the Red Roof cafe on the Isle of Skye, one of the most northerly spots you can order a pot of Canton Tea.


Tell us a little about Red Roof cafe
The Red Roof is a cafe at the end of a windy, dead-end single track road in the north west of the Isle of Skye. We’re primarily a cafe that serves high quality tea, coffee, home baking and lunches, but we also love to display the work of local artists and have live traditional music events.


It’s a mad place for a cafe….so we’re always delighted when people make the drive to come and... Read more

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pluckers on the estate relaxing in their lunch hour on Glenburn’s shady slopes web

Why buy tea direct?

by on May 5th, 2016

A spotlight on the Glenburn Estate and why it is so important to buy direct.


Alongside Kate's guest blog earlier this week on the new Peach Blossom tea, whilst working at the Glenburn Estate Kate also explored the ethics behind sourcing tea. Here, she explains why it’s so important to buy direct.


Kate: Let’s start with a conundrum: last year 40 million kilograms of “Darjeeling tea” was sold worldwide. But here is a fact: Darjeeling’s yearly production is 8 to 9 million kilograms of tea. Something is definitely afoot here.


Anshuman and Husna-Tara Prakash, owners of Glenburn tea estate, explain it to me. You may know that, like Champagne, or Melton Mowbray, Darjeeling Tea... Read more

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Tasting Moonshine with expert Nibir

Glenburn Estate Peach Blossom Darjeeling

by on May 4th, 2016

This week at Canton is an exciting one, as we have had three beautiful First Flush Darjeeling teas arrive from the Glenburn Tea Estate.

Kate, former member of the Canton team, is currently working at the Glenburn Estate. So for this blog post, I’m going to pass you over to Kate to explain what makes the Glenburn Estate Peach Blossom, one of the three new teas, truly special.


Kate: The more I learn about tea, the more I realise there is so much more to learn about tea. Having started as a complete tea novice and worked with Canton for the past 5 years, there's something that always draws me back to... Read more

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Canton Tea at The Old Vic

by on March 14th, 2016

We are very proud to have Canton Tea served in Penny, the cafe at the Old Vic Theatre, London and delighted to have provided some tea for the cast and company of The Master Builder, starring Ralph Fiennes.​

The tea we provided at the launch was our Original Lapsang Souchong as the play alludes to a house that burnt down down and this rare tea has ​the authentic ​smoky notes. It​'​s made on a very small scale in Tong Mu, the village deep in the mountains of a UNESCO protected site where the tea was invented 400 years ago. The tea bushes grow among hills​ ​where monkeys and bears still roam, it is... Read more

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