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Ahmad Tea of London
Rex Industrial Estate
Chandlers Ford, Hampshire
Ahmad Tea of London draws upon 4 generations of experience in the tea trade to produce a range of tea bags, loose teas and gifts. All are available in a variety of fine quality speciality black tea blends, green teas, fruity flavoured teas and herbal & fruit infusions.
AVT Tea Services Ltd
17 Spice Court
AVT Tea Services is an international provider of decaffeinated tea and tea extracts. We are part of the AVThomas Group a Chennai based company involved in activities including tea production and active ingredient extraction from natural sources. Our decaffeinated tea is manfactured in our own facility on the outskirts of Kochi, South India and has the capability to remove caffeine from tea using all approved methods. We are also able to manufacture and supply purified tea caffeine.
The recently commissioned instant tea plant has been built on the same site enabling customers to benefit from synergies in product development and production and to make maximum use of AVT's wide-ranging expertise. The factory has a broad range of capabilities including both cold and hot water soluble base powders as well as green instant teas and liquid aromas. Our production facilities are supported by an experienced and knowledgable sales department based in Battersea, South London.
Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate
Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate is an independent family business based in the heart of Yorkshire. Taylors of Harrogate blends and packs more than 50 different speciality teas, including Yorkshire Tea. We even blend a tea to suit your water, so that you get the same Yorkshire Tea taste whether your water is soft or hard. You can also enjoy many of our teas in the traditional elegant surroundings of our six Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms based in Yorkshire. A real treat.
54 Willow Way
Birchall is a fifth generation British tea company with a rich heritage and a passion for "the perfect pick". Our tea experts specialise in creating speciality and everyday black tea blends, in addition to green teas and fruit & herbal tea infusions.
Since 2011, our teas have won 56 accolades at The Guild of Fine Foods' prestigious Great Taste Awards and our signature Great Rift breakfast tea has received honours for 9 consecutive years.
We work hard to ensure all our teas are sustainability sourced and are long standing members of the UK Tea & Infusions Association, the Ethical Tea Partnership, Fairtrade Foundation and Rainforest Alliance..
For more information about our new retail collection and foodservice range, please visit our web site.
Brodie Melrose Drysdale & Co Ltd
Newhailes Industrial Estate
Since 1867 Brodies have catered for the great British taste for tea, selecting the finest leaves to create a specialist range of loose leaf and tea bags (standard and tagged), all bearing the Brodies stamp of quality. Our choice of 16 teas is renowned for its flavour and fullness, the most popular blends being Scottish Breakfast, Scottish Teatime and Famous Edinburgh. We sell to caterers and retailers across the UK and export worldwide.
Camellia Plc is an international group, listed on the London Stock Exchange and employs over 73,000 people worldwide. Camellia's interests include Agriculture and Horticulture, Private Banking and Financial Services, Food Storage and Distribution and Engineering.
The Company has tea plantation and tea factory interests in Bangladesh (Duncan Brothers), Darjeeling, Assam and the Doars in India (Goodricke Group), Kenya (Eastern Produce Kenya) and Malawi (Eastern Produce Malawi). The Company is the second largest private producer of tea in the world and produces approximately 90 million kilos of high quality tea a year, has an instant tea factory in India and also supplies packet tea in India.
Our products have a number of certifications including Rain Forest Alliance, Fairtrade (Processor and Exporter), UTZ, Ethical Tea Partnership, ISO 22000, PAS 220 and HAACP and we are the winner of the Unilever winning through sustainability award and East African Environmental Excellence Award.
Choi Time Teas
22 Sutherland Avenue
Hailed as the 'dom perignon of the tea world' by the Sunday Times, Choi Time teas have won a total of 16 gold stars from the Guild of Fine Foods, the benchmark for speciality food and beverage products.
The teas taste as good as they look and the range includes; Jasmine Green Tea Pearls, a vast range of high quality giant flowering tea bulbs and loose herbal infusions such as damask rose buds and chrysanthemum flowers. Retail & Wholesale suppliers
Cup of Tea Ltd - Ronnefeldt Tea UK
3 Moonshill Barns
Stoke St. Michael
Cup of Tea specialises in the finest orthodox produced teas from around the world. Sold online via our website and distributed wholesale to the finest hotels, restaurants and tea shops we have more than 200 teas available.
Our huge range encomasses teas from single estate Darjeelings to popular black teas, green teas and herbal and fruit infusions plus a new range of Ayurveda infusions specifically developed for Spa Hotels and Health Spa operations.
For our trade customers we provide everything needed to display, brew and serve our superb teas and infusions.
We have a strong focus on training and it is our belief that it is pointless working with great tea if it is not stored, brewed and served properly. Our exclusive customers benefit from free training on a regular basis to ensure that staff, of all levels, feel comfortable, confident and capable in working with top quality teas.
Styles of Tea & Services Offered:
Our list of teas include teas from India such as First and Second Flush Darjeelings, Assams, Ceylon Teas, plus an excellent range of white, green and black teas from China. We also offer our customers a carefully chosen selection of Japanese green teas (mostly organic), Oolongs from Taiwan and other growing areas and amongst our loose leaf teas are some from even more exotic locations such as Tanzania and Columbia.
The widest range of teas we list are in orthodox loose leaf format, however, we also have a large selection of traditional tag and string teabags filled with superior orthodox fannings plus leaf grade teabag formats .
We pride ourselves that quality, service and consistency are at the heart of what we do and we are always happy to enthusiastically discuss tea with both our regular customers and potential customers.
Varieties of Tea Offered:
Orthodox loose leaf teas; Black; Green; White & Oolong. Orthodox produced flavoured Black; Green & Oolong teas.
Herbal and Fruit Infusions
Forthcoming Tea Events:
Twice a year we host tea tasting workshops at our head office in Somerset. These events are hugely popular with tea enthusiasts and, especially, for those who are planning to start up a tea related business. For more details and information please visit our website: www.cupoftea.co.uk or call our offices on 01761 239162.
We are also happy to arrange personalised tea talks and to discuss your individual tea concept.
Business Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
The Granary, Yew Tree Farm
Stratford Road, Wooton Wawen
Nr Henley in Arden, Warwickshire
We offer loose leaf teas via our website and to specialist retailers, tea-rooms, cafes, restaurants and hotels. Most of our teas are large leaf from single tea gardens, produced using traditional orthodox methods. These ensure the fullest flavour. Since 2000 our comprehensive and informative website has developed an interest in tea amongst our constantly growing and loyal customer base. The online store offers over one hundred of the world's best teas.
Founded by a descendant of Earl Grey, we offer only the most distinctive teas from areas of the world renown for their tea: wonderful orchid-like black teas from the distant provinces of China; beautiful Oolongs from Formosa; malty Assams, muscatel Darjeelings or fragrant Nilgiris from the southern Blue mountains of India. We have healthy Green or exotic White teas from China, India, Kenya and Japan. We also offer classic blends.
Retail orders over £30 are delivered free in the UK.
Jing Tea Limited
325 Canterbury Court
1-3 Brixton Road
Jing Tea is a young, innovative tea importing company. It hand selects unusual and seasonal teas 'from China, India, Japan and Taiwan' for retail outlets including Harrods, corporate clients such as Coutts, the Queen's bankers, and restaurants including The Fat Duck.
Jing Tea fosters a unique relationship with the world's finest tea producers, enabling the company to source special and rare teas, including exceptional greens, whites, oolongs, blacks and puerh teas. The company also offers the best of more familiar teas from Darjeeling, Assam, Ceylon, and outstanding blends and scented teas such as Jasmine.
In addition, Jing Tea offers a full consultancy service, tea wares, tea tasting classes and can compose tea lists, events and pairing menus as well as tea tours in China and India. One of the world's best online tea shops can be found at www.jingtea.co.uk and in 2007 Jing Tea launched its own branded products for sale to retail outlets.
Keith Spicer Ltd
5 Cobham Road
It was in 1934 that 24-year-old Keith Spicer founded the business, using the parlour of the family home in Bournemouth as the blending department and the distribution fleet consisting of a well-used but serviceable butcher?s bicycle. The company grew rapidly thereafter becoming an important supplier to the local hotel and catering industries and by 1970 had moved to its current location in Ferndown Industrial Estate Dorset.
In 2013 Spicers added a large manufacturing plant in Newcastle to support its blending expertise with the facilities to produce high volume bespoke tea blends. Spicers is now the chosen tea supplier of some of the largest UK supermarkets at the same time offering a broad portfolio of well-known branded teas.
Reginald Ames Ltd
Unit 12, Tannery Road Industrial Estate
Reginald Ames Ltd. is a long standing tea company that has been running in London since 1934. It is a unique blend of traditional methods & ideologies with modern views & business knowhow. The company has several strings to its bow as follows:
The Directors of the company still pay regular visits to the growing regions in order to ensure the quality of workmanship that they hold in such high regard.
On occasion, they have taken customers along with them to help enhance the customers knowledge ? after all, it is the company?s firm belief that they will only ever be as successful as their customers.
It is fortunate then, that their customers include some of the best tea companies, restaurants, hotels and tea rooms throughout the world.
Reginald Ames is one of the UK's remaining traditional Tea Merchants. The company still adheres to and maintains the very high standards that were a necessary requirement from its conception.
Our combined buying, brokering tea and herbal infusions, shipping and tea blending experience enables the staff at Reginald Ames to continue to provide a high quality service and exceptional product for wholesale and Export sales.
Our skilled team works together to ensure that only the best quality orthodox and CTC manufactured teas are used. The blending drums and teabag machines are continuously in use throughout the year ensuring consistent blends of speciality teas both for Wholesale/Export and individual customers - Speciality - Loose - Teabags.
We import teas from India, Africa, Asia, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, and other sources.
Silkenty Teas Ltd
unit 36, 88-90 Hatton Garden
Silkenty brand is owned by The Tea & Herb Company in Sri Lanka. It is primarily engaged in premium & speciality quality pure Ceylon teas.
Silkenty teas are carefully filled silken infusers with premium ingredients - real leaf teas, whole buds and flowers, natural herbs, exotic spices and real fruit pieces. Each blend speaks of perfection and delivers maximum enjoyment. Our silken infusers allow discerning consumers to experience anexceptional cup of tea. Their structure allows us to fill them with the most premium grades of teas and herbs.
Silkenty teas can be bought online (www.silkenty.co.uk) and through Amazon
Varieties of Teas Offered: Pyramid Tea bags, Loose teas, Herbal teas, Speciality Teas & Fruit Teas
Breakfast Tea - Premium Ceylon Black Tea
Bombay Chai - Ceylon Black Tea, Cardamom, Ginger Root & Cinnamom
Earl Grey - Ceylon Black Tea & Oil of Bergamot Orange
Honeydew Green - Honeydew Melon, Apricot & Gunpowder Green Tea
Traditional Oolong - Pure Oolong Tea
Chamomile Lemongrass - Chamomile & Lemongrass
Peppermint Rose - Real Mint Leaves with Baby Rose Petals
Crimson Nights - Hibiscus Flowers, Rosehips, Hawthorn Berries, Cranberry, Lemon Peel, Cherry
Tropical Dreams - Rose Petals, Rosehips, Sultanas, Blkcurrents, Blueberries, Strawberries.
Tranquility - Valerian Root, Passion Flowers, Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon Balm & Rose Petals
Vanilla Rooibos - Premium Rooibos, Marigold Petals & Natural Vanilla Essence
White Gold Tips - Pure White Tea for the most refined palate. Highly prized, subtle & elegant.
Tea People Ltd
96 Cardigan Road
Tea People is an award winning, speciality tea company that is passionate about spreading the richness of natural, high quality whole-leaf tea. It was founded to address the issue of educational development in the tea growing regions and is hence set up as a social enterprise. We commit 50% of our net profits to help educate children in under-served tea growing areas.
Our teas range from the finest premium single estate teas to a wide variety of our own unique blends, flavours and herbal infusions. We cater to the needs of all tea lovers as well businesses including hotels, cafes, restaurants, etc.
One of our unique offerings is ?BESPOKE TEAS?, a service that allows our customers to create their own tea experience which could range from a new blend to customized labeling and packaging.
At Tea People we sell a wide variety of teas and infusions catering to a wide array of tastes and palates. We offer our teas in both loose leaf form as well as specially designed biodegradable pyramid tea bags. Some of the teas that we stock include:
Single Estate Black Tea: We stock some of the finest single estate teas ranging from the 1st Flush Darjeeling to the premium Assam, Ceylon and Keynan teas.
Blended & Flavoured Black Tea: In addition to the ever popular English Breakfast and Earl Grey we also do a wide variety of other blends including the Indian Chai tea, Russian Caravan and Lapsang Souchong.
Our flavoured range of black teas containing Blueberry, Apricot and Peach, Lemon & Ginger, etc.
Green Tea: Our selection of Green tea ranges from the single estate green teas from Darjeeling and Celyon to flavoured and blended Green Tea such as Jasmine Green and Coconut Rose Green. We also stock a range of Japanese green teas including Matcha, Sencha and Genmaicha.
Flowering Tea: When it comes to our flowering or blooming teas, they are not just pretty to look at, but are also a delight to drink.
Oolong Tea: From Tie Guan Yin, China?s most popular Oolong tea to DarjOolong, a rare Oolong from Darjeeling you can find them at Tea People.
Herbal & Fruit Infusions: We boast of a wide range of some unique herbal and fruit infusions such as Liquorice Mint Toffee, Spicy Apple, Very Berry, etc.
Rooibos: We stock an exclusive range of Rooibos or Red Bush tea. Our Choco Mint Rooibos won 2 gold stars at the Great Taste Awards 2014.
Teaxpress Pvt. Ltd, 120, Sevoke Road, Siliguri,
We believe every leaf tells an origin story; an ode to the place it has come from. By connecting with these stories we can really cherish a tea for all that it is ? its flavours, aromas, and the sensations that it invokes. This, we believe, is the most authentic way of experiencing any tea.
Through TeaBox, we are connecting great tasting teas, straight from their origins, to tea lovers the world over, by being transparent, informative, and thoughtful.
1The Old Pumping Station
teapigs offer a select range of high quality teas and infusions. We make a big thing about using whole leaf tea, whole leaf herbs and whole flowers. For us it is a question of flavour; crushed just does not taste as good. We present our teas in our tea temples - a roomy, silky mesh bag, which offers all the space that whole leaves need to infuse properly. So you have all the convenience of a teabag but with the superior taste of whole leaf tea. teapigs can be bought online (www.teapigs.co.uk) or in selected outlets nationwide.
Whittard of Chelsea Plc
Windrush Park Road
Our story began in 1886 when Walter Whittard opened his tea and coff ee store on London?s Fleet Street. His philosophy was always to Buy The Best, sourcing the highest quality teas and coffees, then blending them to his customers? specifications.
Over 125 years later, we remain true to Walter?s founding philosophy. We?re still the blending and tasting experts, offering a truly unique range of exclusive and innovative blends. We have over 130 varieties of tea, from time-honoured classics to some of the world?s rarest, and over 20 varieties of freshly roasted coff ee beans.
We have over 60 stores in the UK and online shops in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and the US.
For further information visit the Whittard website at: www.whittard.co.uk or call Customer Services on 0800 015 4395 for your nearest store, or from overseas +44 (0) 1993 893 715 .
Williamson Fine Teas Ltd
5 West Mills
Williamson Tea has been growing and selling the finest quality teas in the world since 1869. Not only do we have over 135 years experience of buying and blending teas from all round the world but we also own tea farms in Kenya, generally regarded as producing Premium quality. Our farms have Fair Trade approval and several awards for tea excellence, whilst our experienced team of tasters and blenders offer unparalleled service and expertise, sourcing teas from all round the globe. Distributing the finest teas from our UK factory, this family run business keeps all the traditions and values that has made the Williamson Tea name so special, whilst embracing new fashions in tea drinking. As part of our service we can provide Own label packing in teabag, tagged/envelope and loose tea formats. As a result we offer the very best quality tea to our customers. For a special tea drink Williamson Tea.