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South Korea : 2019 : Day 1 : Korean Ceramics, Korean nokcha, black beer & Kyung ju bopju

South Korea : 2019 : Day 1 : Korean Ceramics, Korean nokcha, black beer & Kyung ju bopju

Hi, its Rob here.  I thought it might be interesting to share a number of short blogs from my trip to South Korea - so here goes with day 1.  Any questions please do just get in touch!  Cheers Rob _____________________ . After a long journey to Seoul via Beijing I arrived an took the airbus and a taxi to meet up with Seong Il Hong at his newly opened pottery exhibition. His work is part of a large exhibition for the eight top teaware makers from South Korea.  It was great to get a taste for the city on the journey...

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60 Partners : 60 Days : An Introduction to South Korean Tea

60 Partners : 60 Days : An Introduction to South Korean Tea

In the next part of our #60partners#60days we move to South Korea.  It would be fair to say that of all the regions we work with this is the least familiar to our customers which for us [and hopefully you] is exciting, so much to be discovered, so many stories to be told.   Compared with the rest of Asia, Korea produces a very small amount of tea per year, and a limited amount is exported.   There are four major tea-growing regions: Mount Jiri, Boseong, Jeonnam and Jeju Island and a whole host of new tea names and terminology...

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Captivating China

Captivating China

China is the country that, at the start of our journey, simultaneously excited us whilst filling us a feeling of slight trepidation.  China is the historical birthplace of the use of the tea plant over 4000 years ago. Many myths exist of this time, the most widely used is that of the emperor Shennong. He is said to have discovered tea itself, although many believe the tea plant was used thousands of years before this. More of this in the book! Whatever the timings are, it is known that the bushes of today are descendants of wild trees that grew in a giant primeval tea forest stretching...

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60 Partners : 60 Days Sri Lanka & the kindness of strangers

60 Partners : 60 Days Sri Lanka & the kindness of strangers

Our first taste of Sri Lankan hospitality was a meeting with the great man of Ceylon tea - Merrill Fernando - who you can see below with Rob on the right [at this first meeting] and Michelle on the left [at a later meeting in Colombo]. Merrill started Dilmah tea in 1988 and it is now an internationally renowned company - if you have time we would really recommend reading more about all the work that they do - there are many articles widely available through a simple search.   Having returned from India with a determination to start our...

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Transitioning to new compostable packaging

Transitioning to new compostable packaging

Re-fill. Re-Use. Respect Tea & our planetTransitioning to new compostable packaging We take great care in sourcing distinctive, flavourful teas from partners we know, trust and respect. Spending time with these par.tners, understanding their motivations, methods, relationship with their community and the land is a top priority for us. Making sure their teas reach you and your cup in top condition is also a top priority for us. Considering the environmental impact of our business is a strand that runs through all of the above.For months now we have been considering the change to our packaging. Quality tea needs to...

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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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