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Tea & Caffeine

Tea & Caffeine

We are very lucky that we are asked a great number of specific questions in our teahouses. One of the most common topics is caffeine. This blog will look to answer these questions and a few more. Firstly, all true teas (teas made from the Camellia Sinensis plant) contain caffeine. Caffeine is a naturally occurring stimulant that is soluble in water and extracted when brewed. Teas in general have around a third of the caffeine of a similar serving of coffee, although as we will see there are many factors which effect this. Simply put, it is not possible to...

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In their own words | Stories from our partners | Mr Wenxiao Li

In their own words | Stories from our partners | Mr Wenxiao Li

At the end of our trip to China this year we took (quite a major) detour to the Mountain top Chang Shan Ding garden - Tian Tai town in the East of Zhejiang Province, in search of organic Long Jing tea. Having long been a devoted Japanese green tea drinker I was yet to be excited by the profile of Long Jing but this trip was to change that.  On arrival at Chang Shan Ding we were enthusiastically met by Mr Wenxiao Li, incredibly energetic and spritely at 65 - a great advert for a life in tea.  This blog is his story [told to us...

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In their own words | Stories from our partners | Murali Subramanian

In their own words | Stories from our partners | Murali Subramanian

The mainstay of tea in China, small-holders are now on the rise in black tea country of  India, Kenya, Malawi & Sri Lanka.  In the latest of our series 'In their own words | Stories from our partners' we meet Murali Subramanian producing flavourful Nilgiri green and black teas from his 5 acre tea garden in the Nilgiri Mountains of Southern India. Two new teas you can now enjoy at Comins. This in depth journey into Murali's world once again shows the dedication required to bring great tea to your cup.   "My name is Murali Subramanian and I manage our family tea garden near Ooty [Udhagamandalam]...

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In their own words | Stories from our partners | Anshuman Prakash

In their own words | Stories from our partners | Anshuman Prakash

When you make a cup of tea you may not think too much of where it comes from - the tea industry certainly has a part to play in stimulating this conversation and a long way to go in terms of transparency.  At Comins we believe that it is important to connect you with the people and places that grow the tea you enjoy with us.  Why?  Firstly because our partners have fascinating stories to tell but also because the insights they offer from their daily lives in tea explain why it is more important than ever to know where our...

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A focus on soil | Stories from our partners | Nibir Bordoloi, Khongea Tea Garden

A focus on soil | Stories from our partners | Nibir Bordoloi, Khongea Tea Garden

When we think of the journey from leaf to cup there is always one word that springs to mind : dedication.  There are many complexities involved in nurturing tea to the final liquor in your cup and to ensuring that you continue every day, week, month, year to have access to the teas you love and enjoy.   On a daily basis we are reminded of the fragility of our planet and conversations in our tea house often turn to the delicate ecosystem that surrounds tea production.  Central to these conversations recently is the topic of soil - something we have touched upon...

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Buy Fine Tea

At Comins we aim to make it simple for you to find and enjoy fine single estate teas. Rob & Michelle travel the world 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 tea bowls, tins and spoons designed by us and handmade by quality British craftspeople. Our range of tea gift sets and vouchers are perfect for that special present or just as a treat for yourself.

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