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Kenyan Purple Tea? What's it all about?

Kenyan Purple Tea?  What's it all about?

In this blog post we will examine Purple Tea, a cultivar developed in Kenya that is much more than just a fancy name. Whilst in Kenya recently I  met with the scientists behind this fascinating project, as well as seeing the developed plants growing in the fields and tasting the finished product. Firstly a little background. Tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. From this crop species of the genus Camellia many so called ‘cultivars’ have been created. A cultivar is a ‘cultivated variety’ that is produced by selective breeding. This sounds much more scary than it...

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Kenya 2017 | Blog Post I

Kenya 2017 | Blog Post I

In this first blog of a series on our trip to Kenya I will look at the challenges of sourcing tea in this amazing country and the potential routes we can now take having visited and made lasting connections. Before we start I think it is important to understand the tea industry in Kenya. This is different from any other country we have visited, and unpicking the exact nature of it was key before we even thought about sourcing our first Kenyan tea. Firstly - some history - Tea was not introduced to Kenya until 1903, when GWL Caine planted...

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Kenyan Black Tea : Time for a new perspective.

Kenyan Black Tea : Time for a new perspective.

We often talk about serendipity in our lives in tea and this is how our story with Kenyan tea starts.  On a summer day a friendly lady wandered in and enquired about our range of Kenyan teas.  Explaining that we only buy from growers or gardens we have visited or have direct relations with she proceeded to share that her relative owned a tea estate in Kenya and enquired if we would like to be connected.  Those of you who know us and follow our story will know what the answer is always....YES!....its only by saying yes on pretty much a daily basis that Comins is...

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Notes from our Oolong Masterclass

Notes from our Oolong Masterclass

This Wednesday saw the latest in our #teamasterclass series at our Bath Tea House.  This masterclass focussed on the varied and exciting category of Oolong tea and a great group of tea enthusiasts joined Rob as we talked and tasted our way through 19 Oolong teas - some of which we stock at Comins and some from our sample collection gathered on our travels.  Below are some photos from the event and what follows are some notes for those of you interested to learn more!  Of course at Comins we believe there is no better way to learn that by...

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All about Green Tea

All about Green Tea

Welcome back to our blog!  This is the first of a series of blogs based on topics that we are covering at our Tea House Masterclasses. Tonight we welcomed lots of lovely people to our Bath Tea House to discuss and taste green tea.  This blog covers some of the detail behind our discussions and looks to answer some commonly asked questions. If you fancy coming along to any of our upcoming events at the Tea House then stay up to date on our Facebook Page and Events Page         GREEN TEA OVERVIEW Like white, oolong, and black teas,...

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