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December 2019 Opening Hours

We look forward to welcoming you this festive season

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New Kenyan Teas at the Tea House : New partnerships in Kenyan Orthodox tea

New Kenyan Teas at the Tea House : New partnerships in Kenyan Orthodox tea

Rob made his first trip to Kenya in 2017 with trusted friends and advisors Sharon & Nick, both totally committed to brining greater transparency and prosperity to the Kenyan Tea Industry [& who you can read more about in our book Tales of the Tea Trade]- This was a trip that raised a number of questions for us that we explored in a series of blogs that you can read below.  These provide the background to the importance of a considered approach when bringing Orthodox Kenyan Teas to the Tea House 1. The challenges of sourcing tea in this amazing country...

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China 2019 Day 5 : Yixing

China 2019 Day 5 : Yixing

Our next and final stop on our trip was a return visit to Yixing.  I had previously been here in 2017 so was now back with to visit our partners and also explore the teaching element of the Yixing landscape more closely with a visit to the school of Master Ji whose daughter Joyce helped us to write the introduction to Yixing in our book Tales of the Tea Trade .  The day started with the high speed train from Shanghai to Yixing - very easy and efficient.  We were very lucky that our partner and friend Mr Fan and his wife came to...

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China day 4 : Mr Nankang & the ancient tea trees of the Bulang [Jingmai mountain Pt 2]

China day 4 : Mr Nankang & the ancient tea trees of the Bulang [Jingmai mountain Pt 2]

The next day we rose early to enjoy a mountain breakfast of Bao, black rice porridge and eggs....mountain food for the day ahead.  We were to spend the day with Mr NanKang who I had previously met in 2017.  Mr Nan was in fact the motivation for writing our book : after experiencing this beautiful landscape and the flavourful tea produced here Mr Nan had firmly taken my hand and told me to share the story of this place, these people and their ancient tea trees more widely.  When the opportunity came to write our book it was this man and these mountains...

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China Day 3 : Into the Ancient Tea Forest with 聂江新 & 艾京 [Jingmai mountain Pt 1]

China Day 3 : Into the Ancient Tea Forest with 聂江新 &  艾京 [Jingmai mountain Pt 1]

Arriving at Mr Nankangs was like arriving home.  We took the car from Mr Xus and as time passed the landscape started to change.  It was clear that we were headed for the mountains.  We arrived at the gate that signalled the entry point to the Jingmai mountains and I felt a sense of excitement.   We made the now usual stop at the raised platform and scenic spots on the winding road up the hill and took in the incredible view in front of us.   The road up to the mountains is winding but well paved with cobbled...

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At Comins we aim to make it simple for you to find and enjoy fine single estate teas. Rob & Michelle have been travelling the world since 2007 meeting and building relationships with dedicated growers to bring you a range of loose leaf teas that offer an excellent balance of quality and value. We also offer a hand-picked selection of teaware including our our exclusive British made range of tea bowls, tins & spoons designed by us & handmade by quality British craftspeople.

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