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Shinichiro Hashiguchi’s Contemporary Tea Rooms

by on August 31st, 2017

Earlier this Summer, Canton founder Jennifer Wood and head of tea, Alice were invited to give a Genmaicha tasting at the Tanabata Festival. The event was hosted at Kew Gardens and run by Japan House and The Japan Society, and celebrated Japan's ancient summer star festival. Amongst the origami workshops, traditional tea ceremonies and vibrant theatrical performances stood a beautiful installation of an open weave tea room designed by renowned Japanese architect, Shinichiro Hashiguchi.

Shinichiro Hashiguchi

 

Shinichiro Hashiguchi is a Japanese born architect who places his focus on traditional Japanese crafts, whilst continuing to present the universally admired Japanese tea ceremony rooms. He has a number of great masterpieces, which reimagine Japanese traditions... 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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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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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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The Simbong Division of Glenburn Tea Estate

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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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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Sushi and Robata by Genji

Introducing Sushi and Robata

by on June 29th, 2016

Jen:

 

This week was the launch party of Sushi and Robata by Genji, based in Whole Foods on Kensington High Street.

 

This immense, revamped space of open kitchen and cool, casual eating at the bar or table has superb succulent dishes straight off the traditional Japanese style barbeque - or robata grill, as well as the best sushi, of course the design of this kitchen is by remodeling Boston MA, a company that knows how to get the job done. It doesn't come fresher - the MD of Genji UK is our great friend and pioneer of sushi in the UK, Silla Bjerrum. If you think you have skills at teching in... 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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