Category Archives: Tea History

Darjeeling ‘Champagne of Teas’

In 1778 Sir Joseph Banks suggested that Northern India may be a suitable place for the British to grow tea plants, Camellia sinensis. It took many years and various attempts to convince the Botanical Gardens of Calcutta (today known as Kolkata) that tea could and was already growing in North Eastern India. In fact, Christmas […]

My Latest Trip to India – by David Lyons

By David Lyons During late January and leading into early February, I was once again privileged to be back in India visiting areas that pluck at my heart strings: Assam, Darjeeling and Sikkim. This time I was able to spend more time investigating and understanding the tea trade, especial y in Assam, the world’s largest […]

Milk First, That’s the Question?

In life, there are always those questions that never seem to get answered, and everyone has their own opinion on. One such question I’m asked regularly while working in The Tea Centre shops is, “should the milk go in the cup before the tea, or added to the tea after it’s been poured?” Most people […]

Growing Green Tea in Victoria

By David Lyons Recently I was pleased to visit a friend of mine, George – one of our own green tea growers down in Victoria. I wanted to share my visit with you and allow you to stand with me in the lush vegetation of Australia’s finest green tea producing camelias. My visit couldn’t have […]

The Science Behind – How to Produce the Perfect Cuppa!

Recently, scientists at the University College London decided to take a look at how to produce the perfect cuppa. They didn’t just look at the chemical and fundamental methods of producing a good cup of tea but also the psychological affects of a nice cup of tea. The findings from their hard earned research can […]