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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.

     

     

  • 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

  • Dunoon is back in stock!

    We have just had a delivery of our stunning Dunoon fine bone china, just in time for the Christmas shoppers!

    Get in there early and choose from a range of mugs, teapots and tea cups either for yourself or as a present. The difficulty comes when deciding which design you want! My favourite pattern is the Starburst.

    We have some of the collection on our website but come and visit us in-store for even more designs or give us a call or email if there is something we have that you would like!

    Why not pair a mug with a tin of our tea for something a bit different or mix and match the mugs so that every member of the family gets a different pattern. Whoever you choose to buy for this Christmas there is something for everyone and Dunoon will brighten up every kitchen or desk!

    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

  • 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

  • Peppermint!

    Today is the 1st September which for some means that they are back to school this week, others are already counting the days until Christmas (yes that’s right I said it) and for us here at Luponde it is the start of a new Tea of the Month. This month it is my favourite; peppermint.

    For our peppermint the leaves are handpicked and then dried for several days before then being crushed. This gives it a beautifully strong aroma and a delicious fresh taste and is the main reason why I love it. It is caffeine free and great for any digestive or stomach woes. It has been a lifesaver for me the last few weeks with pregnancy indigestion and was even recommended by my midwife!

    In order to make sure you are enjoying peppermint at its best you need to boil your kettle and then leave it to cool for a few minutes before pouring onto your bag or leaves and then leave to brew for around 3-5 minutes. Watch it turn a beautiful shade of green.

    If you would like to try some of our peppermint you can win some this month by emailing your details to tea@luponde.co.uk and you can purchase it on our website.

    Is peppermint your favourite? If so let me know why on our FB or Twitter page!

    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?

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