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Luponde Tea Family

  • 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

  • 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

     

  • Green Tea

    It is the start of October, the evenings are getting darker and we are well on our way to cosy nights in, Halloween and the countdown to Christmas. This October we are making our fresh and exotic tasting Green Tea our Tea of the Month and as it is full of antioxidants it is ideal to keep you healthy this time of year. Some research has shown that green tea drinkers have lower chances of developing heart disease and some cancers. As well as this, green tea has been known to increase metabolic rate, which can aid in weight loss. Green tea has the ability to lower serum glucose, helping to protect against kidney failure. Tests have found that green tea could help improve memory and slow the development of Alzeimer’s disease.

    A lot of people say to us that they don’t think they like green tea and that is can taste quite bitter. We pride ourselves on the fact that once they have tasted ours they are shocked at how smooth and fresh it tastes. Brewing green tea is also a huge part of that. To brew perfect green tea, take a pinch or small teaspoon of the leaves. Green tea should be made with water that is about 80ºC. We find it is easiest to boil the kettle and then let it cook for 10 minutes. Boiling water will burn the leaves giving the tea a bitter taste. Once cooled slightly, pour the water into your small teapot or mug over the leaves. Allow to brew for 5-8 minutes.

    Fact: The leaves can be used 4 or 5 times, throughout the day.

    You can win some of our green tea by emailing your details to tea@luponde.co.uk

    We are also giving customers 10% off any green tea purchase made in October!

    (Image courtesy of Google Images)

    Melissa, October 2014

  • How do you like yours?

    Working in tea quite often leads to questions of how do you make a perfect cup of tea or should you put milk in tea and if so should it go in first or second? I also go to meetings or homes and they worry that the cup of tea they present me with won’t be up to scratch! This is never a worry as I just love anyone offering to make me one! Obviously everyone has their own tastes and preferences and therefore it can be quite hard to judge what their perfect cup of tea may be. What we can tell you is how best to brew our tea and what we think gives it the best taste possible.

    For our black teas we suggest using a pinch of the leaves or a small teaspoon (if using loose leaf) and place in an infuser. Tea likes space and the more it has the more flavours will be released. Boil the kettle with fresh water and then pour into your teapot or mug over the leaves or tea bag if you are using one. Then allow this to brew for 3-5 minutes to get the best flavour possible.

    Now the question of milk. This is very much a personal preference and some people like milk in their tea and some do not. With our black teas I think they are appreciated better without milk. For added sweetness a drop of honey or even lemon is a nice touch. If you do add milk the question of milk or tea in first is a tough one. It’s like asking someone if they put cream or jam on their scones first! I don’t believe there is a correct answer and there are many theories to both. One for milk first being that people who used fine china were worried putting hot tea in first could crack the china, so by adding the milk first it would cool the tea down. A lot of people prefer milk in second so they can monitor easily the strength they want the tea. Let us know on twitter which way you do it!

    We have information on how to brew all our teas on our individual tea pages and also have a handy infographic on brew times and temperatures!

    Now go put that kettle on and make yourself a well-earned cup of tea – just how you like it!

    (Image courtesy of Google Images)

     Melissa, September 2014

  • Wedding Season

    It is definitely wedding season and having been to two stunning ones in the last few weeks. I am certainly in the wedding frame of mind but I do not have as many as some of my friends this year one of whom has 11 in 2014!

    When it comes to wedding favours I have received many things from chocolates to homemade jams and chutney all of which are delicious but one thing that does make a fabulous and different favour is tea! Tea is also essential at a wedding for after the dinner and for those inevitable sore heads the next morning!

    Our tins look striking on any table and the stylish packaging means they will blend in well with any colour scheme. Line them up so people can choose the tea they fancy or use our individually wrapped tea bags as favours. We are flexible and can help you with whatever you need for guests to get their tea fix over the wedding days. All you have to do is email me melissa@luponde.co.uk and let me know what you’d like.

    (Image courtesy of Andy Tyler Photography)

    Tea and tea sets also make a fantastic wedding present. It is what every newlywed couple needs in their home. Choose a gift box of tea, our tea subscription or opt for something from our beautiful Dunoon fine bone china range and brighten up their kitchen tables.

    If you are off to some weddings this bank holiday weekend enjoy them I know I am definitely looking forward to my next wedding in Belfast!

    (Image courtesy of Google Images)

    Melissa, August 2014

  • Tea Accessories

    Here at Luponde we don’t just want to provide you with great tasting tea we also want to make sure you have all the tools you need to make yourself a fantastic brew.

    For loose leaf lovers we have practical and fun infusers, pincers, tea balls and tea filter papers for your mugs and teapots, making your tea experience hassle free.

     

    For tea bag lovers you can avoid tea stains on your surfaces by purchasing one of our ceramic tea bag holder dishes and they come in a variety of colours to blend in to your kitchen or office!

    Our glass teapot range is extremely popular and they look stunning on any kitchen table. Watch your leaves infuse and the different colours they turn. You can also take the infuser out so they are also perfect for flowering teas and tea bags. An added bonus is that they are all dishwasher safe! We also have a glass teacup and saucer and milk jug and sugar bowl in the collection.

    Next time you are picking up your favourite Luponde tea don’t forget to browse our teaware to see if there is something you need for your tea making experience!

    Melissa, August 2014

  • Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea

    To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week I thought I would let you know about one of my favourite afternoon tea experiences.

    Last year part of my Hen Do involved an afternoon tea at The Sanderson Hotel called ‘The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ and it really was an afternoon to remember.

    When you take your seat you get a menu hidden inside a book and everyone got a different riddle to crack on their napkin. There was a wide selection of teas to choose from or obviously cocktails for those that wanted them and if you were inclined to add sugar to your tea it came in a music box with a dancing ballerina on top which played ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ which really took us back to our childhoods!

    The food was outstanding and there were a range of traditional sandwiches, cakes, scones and sweet treats all with a little eccentric twist. The marshmallow mushrooms and melting mango cheesecake were particular favourites! There was also a potion bottle with a little straw to drink from. To top it off all of the scrumptious food and tea were served on crockery with kings and queens, animals and clocks on which really added to the atmosphere.

    The service was great and they catered for all our dietary needs (including no gluten, no dairy etc) and we left feeling full, nostalgic and like we really had been down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. It is a definite must do in London!

    http://www.afternoontea.co.uk/uk/london/oxford-street/sanderson-hotel/

    Melissa, August 2014

  • The 10 Best Tea Quotes of All Time

    I've researched the top 10 quotes to bring you the best expressed sentiments on tea. From ancient Chinese proverbs to C.S. Lewis, there's something here for every type of tea enthusiast. I also thought you'd appreciate some imagery, so I merged the phrases with tea related photographs. Scroll down here for the result; some surprisingly good remarks about our favourite national pastime.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    So there you have it.  A combined effort of public polling, internet combing, and a few historical references have brought you the very best commentary on tea.  We hope you've enjoyed reading them as much as we've enjoyed finding them.  So now it's down to you. What is your favourite all-time tea quote?

  • How To Make the Perfect Cup of Tea

    Making perfect tea falls between a moral obligation and a survival skill in the UK.  Water temperature and brew time are specific to tea types, so here's what you need to know...

  • Banana and Oat Muffins

    We all want to feel a little bit healthier now and again but don’t want to miss out on treats either! This is where Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite Book comes into its own. Rob and I have come back to this book time and time again for new healthy ideas and there are a couple of recipes we do on a regular basis. One of these is his Banana and Oat Muffins. They are great for your mid-morning cup of tea or when you need a pick me up in the afternoon. They don’t disappoint on taste and you can rest assured that they won’t go straight to your hips! Although I am not sure if it counts when I have more than one in one sitting!

    Enjoy!

    Ingredients:

    • 200g plain flour

    • 1.5 tsp baking powder

    • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

    • 0.25 tsp salt

    • 100g oats

    • 100g light brown sugar

    • 4 ripe bananas

    • 60g melted butter

    • 1 large egg

    • 75g chopped walnuts

    Method:

    • Preheat the oven to 180c (160c fan).

    • Put muffin wrappers into a 12-hole muffin tin.

    • Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a mixing bowl. Add the oats and sugar and mix well.

    • In a separate bowl, mash the bananas with a fork and then mix in the egg and the melted butter. Add to the dry ingredients.

    • Spoon the mixture into the cake cases and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.

     

    Melissa, April 2014

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