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Tea & Dumplings : Perfect pairings [& a recipe!] from our Saturday Instagram Live 6.3.21

Tea & Dumplings : Perfect pairings [& a recipe!] from our Saturday Instagram Live 6.3.21

It all started here at the 'Hot Stimulating' cafe in Darjeeling where we learnt to make Momos while drinking bowls of Steaming Darjeeling.  It continued in Japan where those folding skills saw us transfer our skills to Gyoza - it was the crispy fried base that sealed the deal for us - and to this day we serve these tasty snacks alongside our fine teas at the Tea House.  It is really important to us to serve food that compliments the teas and so, following this weeks Instagram live - head over to IG LIVE to watch - we are...

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Exploring the benefits of tea : Blog 3 : Tea & Community

Exploring the benefits of tea : Blog 3 : Tea & Community

In this last blog on the health benefits of drinking tea we will look at how tea creates and brings a sense of community in may different ways and how this in itself is health giving. This builds on our two previous blogs in this series on how the ritual of taking tea and the chemical properties of tea can vastly benefit those who take have the pleasure to enjoy it [picture below : the table is set for tea at Mr Nans in Jingmai, Yunnan 2019] .Defining Community : A community can be defined in many ways, whether that is...

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Wednesday Wisdom with KC & Michelle Week 6 : Winter in Darjeeling & Assam : A Glimpse at activity in January & February

Wednesday Wisdom with KC & Michelle Week 6 : Winter in Darjeeling & Assam : A Glimpse at activity in January & February

It is wonderful to share that KC and I have re-started our weekly discussions.  After the busy Christmas period and other commitments it has brought real joy to speak with him again around topics we are both passionate about.  Indeed I was delighted to have a distanced conversation with another walker the other day about mycorrhizal plants something we discussed in relation to tea in a previous blog - I was so pleased to discuss my studies with this plant loving fellow human.  I am still working on another much more in depth blog about Darjeeling and its gardens  which I hope to share...

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Exploring the benefits of tea : Blog 2 : The Chemistry of Tea & Health

Exploring the benefits of tea : Blog 2 : The Chemistry of Tea & Health

Throughout the months of January & February we are exploring themes around tea & wellbeing.  Every Monday in January Michelle & Camille came together to discuss gentle resilience on our IGTV and, linked to this I, Rob, am exploring the incredible tea plant & how the tea leaf & tea, the drink, can be a major positive in our lives.  My blogs will explore the the benefits of tea through three lenses : Ritual, Chemistry & Community.  I hope you enjoy these short explorations.   THE CHEMISTRY OF TEA AND HEALTH .From the first leaves that supposedly saved Shennong’s life all those years ago to modern-day medicine,...

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Comins & Friends Podcast : Episode 2 The Story of Sweven Coffee with Jimmy Dimitrov

Comins & Friends Podcast  : Episode 2 The Story of Sweven Coffee with Jimmy Dimitrov

We meet so many interesting people through our life in #tea so we last year we launched our simple podcast called Comins & Friends .  This is the space where 'Michelle Comins - co-founder of direct trade tea merchants Comins Tea invites friends & collaborators to  share their stories over a bowl of tea' In this episode <<click here>> Michelle speaks to Jimmy at Sweven Coffee - this was actually recorded back in late 2020 when we were able to sit outside Sweven coffee in Bristol and record our chat. Sweven, Jimmy Dimitrov & Aga hold a special place in our hearts at Comins...

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