A Brief History
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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
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.
Quooker UK Ltd.
3 Waterpark Hall
Quooker - the only 100 degrees celsius boiling water tap in the UK.
A true revolution
The new kitchen must-have. Quooker: the tap that immediately dispenses boiling water. Tap on the worktop, tank underneath. A 100% Dutch invention taking over the world.
You can choose between a separate boiling water tap with accompanying mixer tap, or the new Quooker Fusion: a single tap for hot, cold and boiling water. Ultra-safe, super-efficient and available in eight tap designs and three finishes.
And if you thought that the Quooker was wasteful, think again: the patented high-vacuum insulation ensures that the Quooker's standby usage is just 3 pence a day. For even more efficiency, choose a COMBI tank, a single, amazingly economical way to produce both hot and boiling water. No kitchen is complete without its Quooker.
Save energy and water
The Quooker's perfect high-vacuum insulation means that it only costs 3 pence a day to have boiling water at hand, exactly when you want it. What's more, the Quooker ensures that you always have the exact amount of boiling water you need. And you will really save money if you choose the COMBI tank, which supplies all of your kitchen?s hot water too.
By generating both hot and boiling water in a single compact tank under your worktop, the COMBI eliminates the need to pipe hot water all the way from the main boiler to kitchen sink. No more running the tap for ages to get hot water and you?ll see big energy savings too.
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Ringtons is a British tea and coffee merchant which was established in 1907 by Samuel Smith who sold tea door to door via horse and cart.
Today the family business still offers a traditional doorstep delivery service to over 260,000 customers throughout the UK.
Ringtons also operates an ecommerce website and business-to-business division Ringtons Beverages, while its UK factory buys and packs for private and own label customers.
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 223 733 .