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The challenges of growing organic tea

by on September 6th, 2016

As we look for one of those little symbols on a packet that tells us our food and drink is organic, do we ever stop to think about what it really takes to be organic? Just grown without pesticides, would be the simple answer, but in reality there is a whole lot more that has to be done and many challenges to overcome, especially when it comes to converting a tea garden to organic production, as Kate has found out since she’s been at Glenburn.

 

Kate: 

 

For the past 10 years, Glenburn has been preparing for this moment. Being able to offer the world a Darjeeling tea that is both premium and... 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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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, that could be use like a detox... 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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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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How to make cold brew iced tea

by on June 9th, 2016

Our 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

 

Simply…
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 tea

 

Our favourite must try pairings:

 

White Peony and pomegranate – the delicate one
The pomegranate enhances... Read more

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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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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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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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