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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.

We source our ​teas​​ directly from small farms that are committed to keeping their workforce... Read more

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From Poppies to Roses: A Short History of our Organic Rosebuds

by on February 27th, 2017

Up until the late 1970s the Lalehzar Valley in Iran was a difficult place to make a living. Farmers grew subsistence crops and supplemented their income by growing opium poppies illegally for heroin production - at 10,000ft atop the Iranian Plateau the arid climate is suitable for little else.

1500 farmers grow roses in the Lalehzar Valley

Production of rose water in other parts of Iran dates back over 2 millennia; so when Homayoun Sanati inherited land in the valley he had the idea to cultivate Damask roses for this purpose. After planting an experimental field of roses the Iranian Revolution happened and Mr Sanati (who by day worked as a... Read more

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Interview: Bean Loved

by on December 19th, 2016

Bean Loved Coffee sits in the heart of historic Skipton, and is one of the few places in the area where you can stop for a cup of Canton. I spoke to head barista Wes to find out more about what it’s like serving fine teas on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.



 

Tell us a little more about Bean Loved, how did it all start?

Bean Loved started almost 10 years ago. My dad (Steve) had worked as a coffee sales manager for Matthew Algie for 11 years and always dreamed that one day he would open his own coffee shop. Matthew Algie had taught my dad a lot about... Read more

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Ali Shan: Mountain of the Month

by on December 6th, 2016

 



Crawling up the mountain on the Ali Shan Forest Railway, at points it feels like we might topple over the edge or the old engine might just give up. After two and a half hours of slow ascent through lush forest we finally reach the tiny station of Jiaoliping. Clearly few people ever stop here; there is a lone station manager and a few dogs resting in the shade (also a giant spider the size of a man’s hand which I notice in its web above us). Other than that the village seems to be empty. We’re met by Mr Chiu, who points out his tea fields which are about... Read more

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Beyond Fairtrade in Taiwan – Where the Tea Pickers Call the Shots

by on November 30th, 2016

This month, Ali and Edgar travelled to Taiwan to seek out the very best tea for you to enjoy next season. In the first of a special series on Taiwanese tea, Ali describes a typical day in the life of a tea picker and how a skill shortage is driving up their wages. 

We’ve all seen them: pictures of beautiful young ladies in traditional costume delicately picking tea against the backdrop of secluded misty mountains. How peaceful, how quaint. But step onto a tea garden in Taiwan and you will notice something quite out of place: smart phones. Everyone has a smart phone in their hand or in their pocket. We’ve all read... Read more

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Tea of the Month: Keemun Red

by on November 7th, 2016

November's tea of the month is the rich and warming Keemun Red. It's new for the season, and totally delicious - the perfect accompaniment to chilly wintery nights by the fire. Because is important to know about teas, and about health, to keep your body clean, you can read more about it at Top9rated health reviews 2017.

 
Keemun red is a black tea whose wet leaf appearance and aroma is reminiscent of bark chipping after a thunderstorm, with whisper of honey sweetness.  The flavour profile is sweet and woody with a hint of smokiness with a satisfying soupy, coating mouthfeel.



Keemun Red Dry and Wet Leaf + Liquor



Our Keemun is made by... Read more

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Boston Tea Party

by on November 1st, 2016

We were thrilled to sit down with Ben Hibbard, Marketing Manager at Boston Tea Party (over a cup of tea and slice of cake, naturally) to find out a little more about the offering and ethos of the south-west based independent cafe chain.

CTC: Tell us a little about Boston Tea Party? Where did it all start?

BTP: It all began on Park Street, Bristol, in 1995 and since then the business has slowly evolved into what it is today. We now have 18 cafes and stretch from Plymouth up to Birmingham. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to quality and ethics. Our food and drink are ethically sourced and where possible from... Read more

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Two very special Darjeelings

Two First Flush Darjeelings: a Comparison

by on October 10th, 2016

This year we have brought back two favourites from the Tea Club to feature in our seasonal tea range. Tara’s Offering and Spring Blossom - two exceptional Darjeelings from the Samabeong Estate. Both are First Flush, both are from the same garden; but each has its own distinctive character. Our Head of Tea Ali has done a comparative tasting of the teas for us. 
If you would like to taste along, we're offering you £5 off when you buy one each of the two Darjeelings. Use code SAMABEONG at the checkout. 
 

Ali writes:

One of the perks of working at a tea company is getting to taste hundreds and hundreds of different teas... Read more

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Jingdezhen – the birthplace of porcelain

by on October 4th, 2016

We are delighted this week to welcome friend of Canton and CHAYOU tea house founder, James Thirlwall, as guest blogger.

Here he shares his experience from a recent trip to Jingdezen, the "Porcelain Capital" of China

James:

Jingdezhen - in northeast Jiangxi, is a mecca for all lovers of tea and its most delicate and beautiful vessel - porcelain.

Lying on the southern banks of the Chang river, this ancient town formerly known as Changnan saw production of early ceramics begin in the Han Dynasty (206BC - 220 AD) continuing all the way up to the present day as it remains a centre for the finest porcelain in the world.

I travelled to Jingdezhen earlier... Read more

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How to make the perfect chai latte at home

by on September 28th, 2016

We're big fans of the Chai latte here at the Canton office. Now that autumn is well and truly on its way, the warming blend of spiced black tea and steamed milk makes it a perfect drink.

However, Chai lattes sold from the big high-street coffee chains hit the news headlines earlier this year due to their 'shocking sugar levels'. Costa's massimo Chai latte was found to contain a whopping 20 teaspoons of sugar. So we've developed our own recipe using Canton Organic Chai that contains a fraction of the sugar (less than 1 tsp per serving!) and is easy to make at home.

 

Ingredients

10g Canton Organic Chai
2 heaped tsp of honey, or... Read more

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