Category Archives: Tea History

Try Chai: Our Stovetop Recipe

A delicious blend of tea, spice and milk, chai is a warm and wonderful tea tradition enjoyed the world over. Still the original home of chai, India has a myriad of street vendors selling their brews on every street corner. Draw inspiration from these expert chai wallahs and brew up a pot of chai from home. […]

Amazing Ayurveda

Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can heal the patient with food. – Hippocrates Here at The Tea Centre we are often quizzed about our Ayurvedic range of spicy tisanes, which include Anti-Stress, Breathe Easy, and Power Mix. Generally, the questions are centred on whether each of these blends really live up to […]

What the FTGFOP is Orange Pekoe?

Why you should care about tea grading. It is often joked that FTGFOP stands for ‘Far Too Good For Ordinary People’. This gibberish-looking succession of letters actually means ‘Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe’ and is about the finest quality grade of tea you can find. So, why does it matter? Though graded teas do […]

Tea Boxes: The Status and Storage of Tea

  It is often said that tea was once worth as much as gold. At The Tea Centre, we tend to agree! The opulent history of tea boxes proves just how valuable a commodity tea once was. When tea properly arrived in 17th century Europe, storage comprised porcelain canisters and jars. By the 1700s these […]

Hygge, Tea and Togetherness

What is ‘hygge’?   There is no perfect English translation for hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”), but ‘cosiness’, ‘happiness’ and ‘kinship’ come close. Hygge is “the art of creating intimacy” and “taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things”.    With numerous books written about hygge, it was shortlisted for Word of the Year in 2016. It […]