How to brew Chinese tea

by Scarlett Swallow,

Ultimately, the only rule when brewing tea is: ‘If you like it, it’s very nice’. But if you're serious about tea the following are 'the' critical factors for successfully brewing fine whole leaf Chinese tea.

A guide to Chinese black tea

by Scarlett Swallow,

Chinese Black Tea, known locally as Red Tea (Hong Cha), is fully-oxidised whole leaf tea. The best whole leaf Black Teas are made by hand, in contrast to the commercial CTC (crush, tear and curl) machine-made Black Teas of India, Sri Lanka and Africa that make up 95% of the world tea market.

Tea and caffeine - myth and truth

by Kate Popham,

We receive many queries about tea and its caffeine content. Unfortunately for the curious tea-drinker, there are innumerable myths circulating regarding tea and caffeine, usually propagated in internet forums. Nigel Melican, one of the world’s foremost tea experts, has written the definitive article on tea and caffeine.

How to make the perfect cup of English Breakfast

by Scarlett Swallow,

Soho House asked us to share our tips on how to make the perfect cup of tea for their latest book, Morning Noon Night: A Way of Living. In this post we reveal some of the tips we share in the book.



A guide to Chinese green tea

by Scarlett Swallow,

A simple introduction to Chinese green tea; its history, how it's grown and produced, and the different green tea varieties available.

The chemical profiles of different tea styles

by Scarlett Swallow,

Black, oolong, green and white tea all originate from the same plant, the Camellia sinensis. However, each tea style has a different look, taste and chemical content due to the way it is processed.

Is green tea good for you?

by Scarlett Swallow,

Can it help prevent cancer, heart attacks and strokes?

Tea antioxidants and free radicals

by Scarlett Swallow,

Our guide to the the good stuff in green tea.

The Three T's

by Alice Evans,

You're brewing tea and want the best from the leaf.  Follow these three golden rules which will make or break your infusion. We call them the three T's.  

How To Create An Award Winning Tea Service

by Alice Evans,

Dominik Jurasz is a qualified tea sommelier and Head of Teas at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, winner of The Afternoon Tea Awards ‘Best Tea Service 2019’, he shares his top tips for creating a world-class tea service.