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Monthly Archives: May 2014

  • Interesting Tea Facts

    With so many of us tea fans and everyday tea drinkers I thought it would be fun to share with you some more unusual and interesting facts about tea and the tea world. Next time you make a friend or colleague a cup of tea let them know something they may not have done before about one of our much loved drinks!

    • In the 1700’s tea replaced gin in Great Britain as the nation’s favourite drink

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    • Tea is perfect hot or cold. It is a comforting warm drink in winter months and makes an ideal summer drink iced

    • Tea leaves help keep mosquitos away. Use damp tea leaves as a scent in areas you want to keep mosquito free

    • The World’s most expensive tea is drunk at The Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong. You can spend up to €8,888 per couple here on high tea

    • It has been reported that there are not many homes in the UK that do not own a kettle, but in recent years sales of kettles have declined as coffee machines have grown more popular

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    • In the UK we have ‘Elevenses’ where at 11am everyday it is common for people to stop and have a tea and some biscuits to see them through until lunch. We then have ‘high tea’ in the afternoon

    • Brunettes can add shine to their hair by rinsing it in cold tea

    • The most expensive tea bag in the world was made by Boodles the jewellers to celebrate 75 years of PG Tips. It contained 280 diamonds and was auctioned to raise money for charity

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    • Milk or tea first? In older times milk was poured first to protect the surface of the china but that is apparently not necessary now and more people pour the milk in after the tea as it is easier to judge how much is needed

    • The famous song ‘I’m a Little Teapot’ is an American song written by George Harold Sanders and Clarence Z. Kelley and published in 1939

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     Melissa, May 2014

  • Citrus Iced Tea

    With the amazing weather we had last weekend and the sun trying to push its way through the clouds this week we are hoping that the Bank Holiday weekend will be full of outside fun and BBQ’s!

    If you are planning on a BBQ or picnic over the next few days and are looking for an alternative soft drink why not try this refreshing citrus iced tea recipe. It is a great summer alternative to hot tea and will give your guests something a bit different!

    I have just returned from a week in New Jersey where the weather was warm and iced tea is hugely popular, readily available and I loved it!


    • 6 black tea bags

    • 2 tbsp caster sugar

    • 10 sprigs of mint

    • 300ml orange juice

    • The juice of 1 lime

    • ½ sliced orange, mint leaves and ice to serve


    • Make the tea (as normal) with 1.2 litres of water and add the sugar

    • Add the sprigs of mint to the pot and let the tea infuse for 10 minutes

    • Strain the tea and let it cool completely

    • Pour into a jug and stir in the orange juice and the juice from 1 lime

    • Serve with the orange slices, mint and plenty of ice


    If anyone makes this over the weekend tweet us your pictures so we can see the results!


    (Image Courtesy of Google Images)

     Melissa, May 2014

  • Peppermint Tea Ice Cream

    The sun is shining and that is all the encouragement I need to crack open the ice cream tub! There is nothing more enjoyable than an ice cold treat on a sunny day. Over the Bank Holiday weekend I spent a beautiful day sitting outside having lunch with my family and my Dad was telling us about an unusual ice cream he had tried on a recent trip to the Far East. It was in fact a green tea Ice cream. Ideal for green tea fans out there; refreshing, light and good for you. This got me thinking which other teas would make good ice cream and then I remembered that I had devoured a delicious peppermint tea ice cream whilst on holiday a couple of years ago. After some research I have discovered the recipe and thought I would share it with you, especially as peppermint tea is my favourite. Enjoy!

    Peppermint tea ice cream

    1 1/4 cup heavy cream (if can't find whipping cream will work)
    1 1/4 cup cream
    1/2 cup honey
    2 peppermint tea bags

    • Over a low heat, warm the honey until it's smooth and runny

    • Add the cream to the honey and stir until mixture is smooth

    • Raise the heat to medium heat not boiling point just enough to see little bubbles. Place tea bags in mixture and cover

    • Reduce heat to simmer and steep for 20 minutes

    • Squeeze tea bags into mixture to get all those remaining juices out of those little bags. Discard tea bags

    • Whisk the heavy cream until it starts to form soft peaks

    • Fold the whipped cream through the peppermint mixture and place in a freezer proof container

    • Freeze for at least 4 hours

    Melissa, May 2014

  • Wholesale!

    Wouldn't it be great to be able to have your favourite cup of Luponde in your local café, restaurant or hotel? We would love to spread the Luponde love and all our loose leaf and tea bags are available for wholesale.

    Here is some more information on us and stocking our tea:

    Luponde is one of the oldest organic tea estates in the world and all our teas are organic. Where possible they are Fairtrade certified. The Luponde estate is Rainforest Alliance and kosher certified too! We love our packaging nearly as much as we love our teas and we think they look great on shelves in restaurants and rooms in hotels. Hopefully they come in sizes that will work for you and we offer refill for tins too!

    We are keen to keep your supply as fresh as possible so there is no minimum order. This is something we are keen for people to know. However big or small your order is we can help; just let us know what you require. You can order through our website or by email whenever you need more and we aim to have it delivered to you within 48 hours.

    If you know of a place where you think our tea would be a perfect fit, email me with the details and I’ll contact them! Or if you are interested in stocking us please do get in touch and we can get more people enjoying Luponde tea!

    Melissa, May 2014

  • Earl Grey Green Tea!

    I am so excited that we have now launched our brand new Earl Grey Green Tea and it is our Tea of the Month for May! It is great that we can add to our collection and bring you tea lovers a combination of two of our most popular! Also the label colour just so happens to be my new favourite!

    We created our Earl Grey Green Tea by combining our Green Tea with an organic natural bergamot oil. The bergamot gives a flowery aroma but you don’t lose the great taste of the green tea. Also what is good news is that it still contains all the antioxidant and metabolic properties found in Green Tea. It was an opportunity that we didn’t want to miss and think that we have brought you something different and delicious. You can try it for yourselves in-store throughout May and can win some by emailing your details to

    As you would with Green Tea you brew it by using water that is 80oC. If you don’t have a kettle where you can change the temperature, you can do this by stopping the kettle when it starts to rumble or leave it for 10 minutes after it has boiled. You should also then wait about 5 minutes for the Green Tea to brew fully.

    We would love to have your feedback on our new tea. Come in-store and try it and either leave feedback there and then or email me on or tweet or facebook us! Could it be your new favourite!?

    Melissa, May 2014

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