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  • Tea for Health

    The medicinal powers of tea have been known for thousands of years. Early man is thought to have brewed certain leaves known for their curative properties and to have utilised these basic teas in the curing of various diseases and injuries.

    Tea as a medicine is something which is well accepted throughout the world and some teas are well known for their curative properties.

    White Tea:

    White tea is well known for its high antioxidant content; it is also believed to reduce the risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular disorders as well as to improve oral health.

    On the beauty side of things, it is also known to protect skin from ageing by deflecting UV light. It has antibacterial properties meaning it’s a great tea to drink during flu season.

    Green Tea:

    Another tea well known for its antioxidant qualities; green tea is not only thought to have properties which fight cancer forming cells but also to improve brain function, kill bacteria and help you to lose weight.

    Spearmint Tea:

    An invigorating and tasty tea, Spearmint is also known to aid digestion, to relieve headaches and nausea as well as cold symptoms.

    Chamomile Tea

    Chamomile is recorded as being used for medicinal purposes right back to the Middle Ages in Europe and even earlier in Egypt.

    Back then it was used for asthma, colic, fevers, inflammations, nausea, nervous complaints, children's ailments, skin diseases and cancer.

    Today we know it as a tea which is full of antioxidants and also a useful aid to relaxation and sleep as well as a cure for eye infections and morning sickness.

    Recent scientific research has confirmed Chamomile’s properties and it is known to have anti-inflammatory properties as well as anti-allergenic and sedative effects.

    All of these marvellous teas may be purchased at Luponde where the quality of the teas on offer is extremely high.

     

     

  • How to Start your Own Tea Club

    First of all, you may be wondering what a tea club is. In short, it’s a small group of friends who use tea and the loveliness of it, as an excuse to meet up on a weekly or monthly basis in order to enjoy one another’s company as well as to partake in a wonderful, traditional tea party.

    Much like a book club without the books, a tea club is the perfect way to keep up-to-date with those people who you might not otherwise get a chance to see as often as you’d like.

    Busy schedules and commitments often get in the way when it comes to arranging to see friends; we want to see our best pals but something mundane often stops us from calling to arrange it.

    By starting a tea club, you and your friends can not only have the pleasure of a regular meeting but also the pleasure of a lovely, informal meal together.

    The idea is that each member takes it in turns to host a meeting and that the meetings take place at roughly the same time regularly.

    If everyone works, then weekend teas are a good idea; if not, then Friday afternoons are a lovely day to meet…the weekend is calling and you’ll all be ready to relax and enjoy partaking in some new teas and some new treats!

    Trying out different tea blends is a must, as is everyone contributing something to eat. Cakes, sandwiches, pastries and dips all make good choices when it comes to ensuring that everyone enjoys the meeting; bear in mind those members with food preferences and intolerances though!

    Luponde stock a fabulous range of teas to try out at your first meeting…and if you’re in need of some new china or glass in which to serve your tea, you can impress your guests with some of Luponde’s lovely glassware or Dunoon mugs and teapots!

  • Four Things to Know About Your Tea Company

    These days, more and more tea drinkers are choosing tea companies that operate under high standards. To this end, here are four things that you will want to know about your tea company.

    Your Tea Company is Organic

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    When a tea company is organic it operates based on a ‘whole system’ approach to farming and the food production system. From soil to consumer, your tea company functions in accordance with the natural systems, cycles, and levels of plants, animals, and soil. This helps the soil maintain fertility and biological activity and protects sensitive habitats and landscape features.

    Organic companies minimise waste and pollution, work with local systems and distribution teams, and provide their workers with a fair, healthy, and equitable way of life. Organic companies respect geographical differences while implementing appropriate practices. At Luponde, we are certified by one of the UK’s top organic organisations (Soil Association Certification Ltd.)

    Your Organic Tea Company Is Certified as Fair Trade

    FairTrade certification logo

    At Luponde we’ve been Fairtrade certified since 1994. This means that the price of our organic tea is negotiated by growers and buyers and must cover the cost of sustainable production. Buyers also pay an additional sum, which funds development projects to benefit workers and their communities. Examples include the construction of schools and day-to-day running of local hospitals.

    Your Organic Tea Company is Rainforest Alliance Certified

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    What does it mean to be Rainforest Alliance Certified? It means that we protect our land and its workers by safeguarding ecosystems and providing complete training and safe conditions for our workers including health care and housing. We support the prevention of deforestation, agricultural expansion and timber extraction. Luponde has been Rainforest Alliance Certified since 2012 and we are honoured to demonstrate that sustainable companies can flourish in the modern economy.

    Your Tea Company is Kosher

    Kosher logo KLBD

    Kosher principles are followed in Jewish life because it is believed that they are healthy for both the body and spirit. The word ‘kosher’ means ‘proper or acceptable’. We are pleased to provide a product that is certified by KLBD Kosher, one of the world’s leading kosher certification agencies.

    All four of the criteria listed are standards that our own tea company, Luponde adheres to. For more information on our products and practices, contact Luponde here.

  • The Perfect Afternoon Tea: The Tea

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    The most important part of the afternoon tea is, after all, the tea. It’s the glue that holds it all together (and washes it all down) – the perfect tea needs to work well with your sweet and savoury selection, without overwhelming the delicate flavours of your sponge or cucumber sandwiches.

    If you want to make sure all of your tea partiers have the perfect drink, it’s a good idea to offer a few options. You could even make some iced tea for arrival drinks and then offer earl grey, black tea, peppermint, or even lemon verbena tea when everybody’s ready to eat.

    Classic Choices

    Black tea is what people tend to expect with an afternoon tea. Our black tea is an English Breakfast style blend with a rich but crisp flavour.

    If you refer a dash of bergamot in your tea, we have an earl grey blend too. It’s entirely up to you!

    Iced Tea

    On a hot day, iced tea can really hit the spot. You can turn any of our blends into the perfect iced by brewing 4 teabags with 4 cups of water. All you need to do is stir 1 cup of water into 4 cups of cold water and then combine the two mixtures. Let it cool further and serve with ice.

    With a Twist

    Sometimes you want a little extra for your afternoon tea. Lemon tea is extremely refreshing (and has the added benefit of being good for you) while peppermint tea has a lovely aftertaste and helps with digestion. If you’d prefer to stick to black tea, you can add lemon instead of milk, or even raspberries to add another layer of flavour to your brew.

  • Christmas Gift Ideas

    I know it is still November but Christmas is well and truly on its way. With Christmas adverts hogging the television and the Christmas lights being switched on in London yesterday it is definitely time to start thinking about Christmas shopping so I thought I would share with you some gift ideas from Luponde!

    Subscriptions are a great gift for someone who has everything. Treat them to a yearly subscription of our tea and they will receive three large tins of our Tea of the Month every quarter for a year. They will also receive a 750ml glass teapot so they can enjoy the teas straight away.

    Gift boxes of tea make a perfect present for friends or family. We offer a range of different sized gift boxes and you can mix and match between loose leaf or tea bags and our full range of tea and herbs. Why not give them a tea they may not have tried before! A gift box of tea also makes an unusual teacher present!

    Our Dunoon fine bone china range is quite simply stunning. With a choice of mugs, teapots, tea cups and saucers and with a wide variety of brightly coloured patterns there is something for everyone.

    Tea accessories such as infusers, tea bag holders and pincers make fantastic stocking fillers or secret Santa gifts.

    Whoever you need to buy for this Christmas we have something that suits everyone. Just visit us in-store or online and if you need any specific help we will be more than happy to assist and advise. Throughout December in-store there will also be some tea to try and some biscuits on offer!

    Melissa, November 2014

  • Gwyneth Paltrow's Pear and Lemon Verbena

    I was flicking through my copy of Gwyneth Paltrow’s book It’s All Good trying to find some healthy smoothie recipes for my last few weeks of pregnancy and came across another scrummy drink idea using some of our lemon verbena. I thought I would share it with you as another use for our herb!

    Pear and Lemon Verbena

    • 3 cups of water

    • ½ cup raw honey

    • 2 ½ pounds pears (about 6 pears), stemmed and seeded and cut into large pieces

    • 1 sprig of leafy lemon verbena

    • Juice of 2 lemons

    Combine the water, honey, pears and lemon verbena in a large pot set over a high heat. Bring to a boil, turn off the heat, remove and discard the lemon verbena, and cover the pot. Let the mixture cool to room temperature. Puree the mixture in a powerful blender in batches and pass the puree through a fine-mesh strainer or a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Discard the contents of the strainer and whisk the lemon juice into the agua fresca. Serve immediately over ice.

    She also says you can add more honey if you would like it sweeter!

    Melissa, November 2014

  • Black Tea

    It is November, it is raining and the days are getting colder so our Tea of the Month this month is ideal for keeping you warm on these winter afternoons!

    Black Tea!

    The best leaves of the Luponde estate go onto our orthodox black tea. At this altitude the Camellia sinensis bush grows slowly producing a deep and rich, yet crisp, fresh tasting ‘English Breakfast’ style tea making it perfect for your everyday cup.

    Our black tea is made using the traditional orthodox method and you can read all about this on our ‘How Tea is Made’ page.

    As well as being a comforting drink and one that goes perfectly with cakes and biscuits black tea has many health benefits. Black tea contains similar amounts of polyphenols as green tea. These are antioxidants and have great restorative powers. Black tea can help strengthen the immune system and fight off those pesky colds and flu. It has been known to aid in expanding the airways and help asthma sufferers. Black tea can also improve cardiac blood flow and coronary function. It contains abundant tannins which have a soothing anti-inflammatory effect on the digest tract. In 2010, researchers found that people who drank tea had significantly less cognitive decline than non-tea drinkers. A cup of tea contains manganese, which is essential for general development, and potassium which helps to maintain the body’s fluid balance. Although gram for gram tea contains higher levels of caffeine than coffee, less weight is used when making it and therefore a cup of black tea contains considerably less caffeine.

    Now you can be confident when you are enjoying your black tea that is doing you some good!

    You can win some of our black tea this November by emailing your details to tea@luponde.co.uk or by popping them into our teapot in-store.

    We are also offering 10% off all black tea purchases month! Enjoy!

    Melissa, November 2014

  • Halloween Treats - Chocolate Bat Biscuits

    I was searching for some fun Halloween recipes and came across these fantastic chocolate bat biscuits on the BBC Good Food website which would look fab on the side of your mug of tea this Halloween!

    Quick and easy to make they are ideal to do with kids this half term!

    Ingredients:

    • 125g butter, softened

    • 85g icing sugar

    • 1 large egg yolk

    • 1 tsp vanilla extract

    • 1 tsp milk

    • 175g plain flour, plus extra for rolling

    • 1 tsp fine espresso-style powder coffee

    • 50g cocoa powder

    • ¼ tsp salt

    To decorate:

    • 100g bar dark or milk chocolate

    • Chocolate hundreds and thousands

    • Coloured writing icing (or make your own with 100g icing sugar, 2-4 tsp water and some colouring)

    Method:

    Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line two baking sheets with baking parchment. Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy and pale, then beat in the yolk, the vanilla and milk. Sift the flour, coffee, cocoa and salt into the bowl, then mix together to make a soft dough. Shape the dough into a disc, wrap and chill for 15 mins.

    Dust the dough all over with a little flour, then roll it between two large sheets of baking parchment, to the thickness of a £1 coin. Remove the top layer of the paper, stamp shapes with an 8cm bat (or other) cutter, and carefully lift to the lined sheets using a palette knife. Re-roll the trimmings. Cut a 1.5cm x 5mm notch at the base of each bat’s body. This is about right to sit the bats on thick tumblers; if your glasses are finer-edged, make the notches thinner so that the bats stay put. Bake for 10 mins or until the biscuits feel sandy and smell rich and chocolatey. Cool on the sheets for 5 mins, then lift the cookies onto a wire rack and cool completely.

    To decorate, melt the chocolate over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave. One biscuit at a time, brush chocolate over the bat ears and wings with a small paintbrush, then cover with chocolate sprinkles. Tap off the excess. Pipe faces and fangs onto your bats, then leave to dry. Keep in an airtight container for up to a week.

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

    (Image courtesy of BBC Good Food Recipes)

    Melissa, October, 2014

  • Competition Time!

    This October WIN some of our fresh and light green tea by emailing your details to tea@luponde.co.uk or you can pop them into our teapot in-store!

    Good Luck!

    (Image courtesy of Google Images)

    Melissa, October 2014

  • Tea Tasting Returns!

    From November we will be starting our monthly tea tasting sessions in store. It is a great way to come and meet the team, try our full range of teas and learn all about them. They are free sessions and you can pop in at any point during the allocated 2 hours so bring a friend and come and see what makes our tea so special!

    Keep an eye on our What’s On page or our Facebook and Twitter feeds to find out dates and times.

    Melissa, October 2014

     

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