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WELCOME TO THE 52 TEAS A YEAR CLUB
TASTE. TALK. EXPLORE.
Canton Tea Club is the first and only club to deliver the world’s best tea to your door every week. 1 tea a week, 4 teas a month, 52 teas a year
TEA EVERY WEEK
Each rare and interesting whole leaf tea is delivered with descriptive notes and brewing guides. Members can visit the Tea Club blog to find videos, interviews and feedback about each week’s tea. Click to take a peek at the weekly content. Take me to the blog.
Subscriptions are flexible with no minimum period so you can join for just 1 week. Alternatively you can sign up for a specific time say a month or 12 weeks – or choose a rolling subscription which keeps delivering until you stop it. You can suspend it while on holiday, or redirect it to a friend.
Special Guests are lined up to choose their Tea of the Week and share their thoughts about it. They will include the world's foremost tea historian, world-renowned Chefs, Food Writers, and tea-loving celebrities.
A subscription is £5 per week for UK Customers or £8 per week for international customers. Many of the teas are fiercely expensive so signing up for at least 2 weeks will always deliver value for money.
Find out what to expect in the box in the coming weeks. Click here to see the Roster.
Any questions? Read the FAQ
How often will I receive tea?
Once a week, on a Friday. We will post the boxes each Thursday to arrive Friday (We post the international boxes earlier in the week so that you should receive your box at the same time as the UK members)
When will I start receiving tea after I subscribe?
You need to subscribe by Midnight on a THURSDAY to receive the next week's delivery. All subscriptions received after Midnight on Thursdays will start receiving boxes the week AFTER this (i.e. two weeks from subscription date.) E.g. Subscribe Thursday 5th May, receive first box Friday 13th May, Subscribe Saturday 7th May, receive first box Friday 20th May.
How long do I have to sign up for?
There is no minimum period. You can sign up for just a week, or as many weeks or months as you like. You can stop the subscription whenever you like.
Will I have to be at home to receive the box each week?
No. The postal boxes are designed to fit through a letterbox so you don’t have to be in to receive it. No annoying ‘we tried to deliver a parcel but you were out’ cards.
What if I live outside the UK?
No problem, you can still sign up. International memberships are £8 per week. We will send your tea box a week before the UK boxes go out. Sometimes this may mean you get your box a day or two before the UK members, sometimes a day or two later, depending on your country of residence.
Can I give a subscription as a gift?
Of course. When subscribing, you just need to edit the 'Delivery Address' to that of the recipient of your choice. Once you've subscribed, you will be directed to a page where you can enter a gift message and request a gift certificate if desired. On this page you can also choose when you want their first box to be delivered. For example, you could buy a subscription in November as a Christmas present and the lucky recipient will start receiving tea in January.
How do I pay for a subscription?
You have two options:
1. Choose a length of time that you want to be a member for and pay upfront. You can do this for 3 months, 6 months or one year. This is a good option if giving the subscription as a gift.
2. Sign up for a rolling subscription and you will be billed weekly until you tell us to stop (You will need a Paypal account for this option).
Is there an incentive to sign up for longer periods?
Yes. We give everyone who subscribes for 12 weeks a useful and beautiful free gift. (Everyone receives the gift at the 12 week mark of their subscription, whether it is paid for weekly or upfront). If you sign up for 12 months you get 1 month free.
What if I go on holiday?
No problem. You can suspend the subscription for as long as you like. Or give us a call and have the box redirected to a friend or neighbour. Even if you have paid upfront for a certain length of time, you can suspend your weekly deliveries for as long as you like and jump back in again when you want until you have received all the boxes you've paid for. If you would like to suspend your subscription we ask that you let us know by Midnight on the Thursday BEFORE the box(es) that you want to skip so you are not charged for them. Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I am overrun with tea?
The club is a tasting club and so you won't be receiving large amounts of tea every week. Some weeks there may be enough for 5 or so cups of tea, so you can keep it for a later date. Other weeks when we send you a super-dooper top grade tea, you may only get enough for one cup. We don't think you'll be drowning in tea, but if you aren't getting through it you can pause your subscription till you catch up - or cancel it altogether.
How do I stop or suspend the subscription?
You can do this by calling us on 0844 417 6363 or emailing email@example.com. Please contact us before 5pm the Friday before your next box is due. (For international customers the boxes go out earlier so please let us know by 5pm the previous Friday).
How will I know how to brew the tea?
We will include explicit brewing instructions with the tea and further detailed info will be available online at the dedicated Canton Tea Club web page.
Do I need any special equipment?
Not necessarily. A sturdy teapot is all you really need to start off with. It helps if it has an infusion chamber but it’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t. We will provide brewing instructions each week which will always use 250ml water (equivalent to one English cup of tea.)
What is the special gift if I sign up for 12 weeks?
It is an exclusive Canton Tea Club Gaiwan.
Er...what’s a Gaiwan?
Good question. Its a lidded, porcelain bowl which is the traditional way to make tea in China. It is a quick and easy way to get the best from your loose leaf teas. We will provide instructions for brewing each week’s tea with the Gaiwan, as well as with a teapot, in each box.
Will I get tea to the value of £5 every week?
We will make sure that each week includes a tea to the approximate value of £5 or more. Most weeks the value of the tea will be significantly more than £5 so over a couple of months you will be guaranteed to have fantastic value.
What if I don’t like the tea?
We’d like to know about it. Each week on the blog, underneath the information about that week’s tea, you will be able to rate it quickly and easily. We want to know what is liked and disliked, so don’t be afraid to let us know how you feel.
How much tea do I get each week?
Some weeks it will be 25g, other weeks it may be 10g or occasionally if the tea is extremely expensive it will be 5g.
Won’t some teas be repeated?
There are thousands of different teas out there and we could go for many years before we had to repeat any. However, it’s possible we may choose to feature a particularly popular Tea Club tea again after 12 months to give new subscribers the opportunity to taste it.
Can I buy the Tea Club teas on your website?
Not generally. Most of the teas will be bought specially for the Tea Club and we will not sell them on the website. Occasionally we will choose some special teas from our website e.g. if we want to compare two different grades of say Long Jing.
If I like the tea can I buy more of it?
Only if there is enough left over. We just buy small quantities for the Tea Club but because the number of subscriptions will fluctuate, sometimes we may have some available to buy. However, if a certain tea proves particularly popular with the Tea Club we may think about stocking it on the website.
Who chooses the teas?
The Directors and Guest Selectors who have an interest and expertise in tea.
Can I suggest a tea?
By all means. If you know of an exciting tea that you’ve never had the opportunity to taste, please suggest it to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I see which teas are coming up?
Yes, we will publish the next 4 weeks on the Tea Club web page so you know what to look forward to (these will be a rough guide and could be subject to change.)
If you have any other questions that aren't answered here, feel free to email email@example.com or call 0844 417 6363
CANTON TEA CLUB ROSTER
WEEK 95 – 25th July 2014
TEA: Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe)
ORIGIN: Wuyi Shan, Fujian Province, China
Ali introduces her choice for week 95, a famous oolong, one of the earliest ever produced.
WEEK 96 – 1st August 2014
TEA: Original Lapsang Souchong
ORIGIN: Tong Mu Guang (original birthplace of the tea), Wuyi, China
Phil introduces his choice for week 96, the very special original Lapsang Souchong from the birthplace of this tea.
WEEK 97 – 8th August 2014
TEA: Mi Lan Dan Cong
ORIGIN: Wudong Shan, Chao Zhou, Guangdong province, China
Edgar introduces his choice for week 97, the champagne of oolong tea.
WEEK 98 – 15th August 2014
TEA: Silver Needle
ORIGIN: Fuding, Fujian Province, China
Kate introduces her choice for week 98, our award winning Silver Needle white tea.
WEEK 99 – 22nd August 2014
WEEK 100 – 29th August 2014
ORIGIN: Pingling, Wen Shan, Taipei County, Taiwan
Jen introduces our 100th tea, the tea which started everything, an award-winning Pouchong from a family-run farm high in the mountains of Northern Taiwan.
TEA CLUB IS TAKING A BREAK AFTER WEEK 100, AND WILL BE
BACK IN A NEW FORMAT FROM SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.
WATCH THIS SPACE!
NB – These listings are subject to change