A Little Bit About Us

 Tea 

We blend and pack an ever growing range of seasonal and classic loose leaf teas and infusions and are seriously enthusiastic about creating exciting new teas. Whatever your mood, energy level or tea break demands, we reckon we have a tea that will be just right. Looking for a green tea lift? Try our super-charged citrus Lemoncillo. Satisfy your sweet tooth with our sumptuous Strawberries & Cream fruity infusion. Or, of course, get the digestives ready and brew up a really proper pot of Tinner’s Tea..  

Coffee

We’ve teamed up with two coffee roasters to keep us supplied with our weekly roasts and we now have another, independent roaster involved to be able to offer a few, regular, changing single origins that are more limited in quantity. We create our ever expanding range of blends ourselves. 

Brewing

Of course you want the perfect bit of kit to brew. Looking for an ingenious tea infuser for the workplace? Check out our Aladdins or perhaps you are after a simple-to-use coffee maker that gives the tastiest coffee ever? The Aeropress is what you need. Having the right kit is important but it doesn’t have to be complicated. 

Truro Shop

Either myself or Mike can usually be found at the shop in Truro where you can pop in and see our latest tea and coffee blends. As well as all the blending, grinding and bagging that goes on in our little shop, all of our online orders are packed up from there and then sprinted up to the post office at the end of the day. When Mike is not at the shop, he can be found at one of the foodie events that we take part in which are shown on our events page. Either that or he'll be watching rugby somewhere. If I'm not at the shop then obviously I'm off doing really important tea research. Or paperwork.

 ABOUT / OUR STORY
Beginning with some tea leaves, a few beans and an idea

 

" After years of working in and around the coffee shops and bars interspersed with globetrotting times Mike and I found ourselves back in the UK. Looking around for opportunities we stumbled across a little market stall in the Pannier Market in Truro, Cornwall that was up for rent. Why tea and coffee? Well we had a friend who was a coffee roaster and then, through him, we met a slightly brusque, but very wise, tea importer. Finally, a dear friend came up with an old, very beautiful, 1920s set of Post Office scales and a few brass funnels. That was it really. Throw in a blackboard and some chalk and we were off. A local spot where you could pop in and pick up your weekly tea and coffee. We hoped people would find us.


Well it worked and it didn’t work. First off, although I had owned coffee shop/cafe in Bristol, our depth of knowledge of coffee was still a bit limited - even more so with tea!

So , we had an awful lot to learn in a very short space of time. Money was tight, getting stock sometimes seemed impossible and a living wage just a distant dream. But, I guess we did something right because first customers became regulars, their enthusiasm and support for the business was amazing. We started listening to what they were telling us. The more we listened, the more we learnt and the more fascinating and wonderful both tea and coffee became. It took awhile but, along the highs and lows, what stayed solid was our wanting to perfect what we were doing. Of course achieving that oh-so-elusive dream of a living wage was a goal also.


When we started we knew a little bit about coffee and even less about tea. Now, we have three independent coffee roasters working with us to allow us to offer our own unique roasts supplied weekly. Our main tea importer, who is now a little less brusque, is still superbly sourcing our classic teas which leaves us free to concentrate on finding new ingredients to create new, seasonal, tasty tea blends. We now know more about packaging than is probably considered healthy.

Am I glad we chose tea and coffee? Absolutely. It's fun, it's tasty, it's creative, it brings people together and, oh yes, did I mention it was fun. These days I can’t imagine being involved with anything else. Both are incredibly interesting, you can get seriously knowledgeable about leaf grades and water thermometers, or you can just get the kettle on and enjoy your morning cuppa "

Jess 

Feb 2016 

Truro, Cornwall, UK

 

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