There’s nothing quite like a cup of tea to refresh and revive the senses. Most of us have memories of our grandparents popping on the jug for a cuppa at all hours of the day and night. Tea has been around for a lot longer than that!
Historians believe that tea likely originated in the Yunnan region during the Shang dynasty as a medical drink. An early credible record of tea drinking dates to the 3rd century AD. As the world began to trade tea was introduced to Portuguese priests and merchants in Lebanon during the 16th century. The Brits then started to enjoy tea as a popular drink in the 17th century and went on to establish extensive tea production capabilities in India to compete with the Chinese monopoly on tea.
At Coffee Culture we’ve been serving tea since we opened our first store in 1996 starting with simple English Breakfast and Earl Grey. Over the years the variety and quality of tea has evolved, refined and developed. Enjoying a cup of tea is not just about leaves and hot water, it’s an experience, a reason to take time out of each day to relax, rewind and recharge.
Over the last few months I’ve had the strenuous task of tasting teas and tisanes from around the world, blended by the best in the business with the goal to bring you the very best tea. We’ve cupped many teas, explored the benefits of organic over traditional growing methods and looked into the ethics and sustainability of each tea producer. One company stood out from the rest and I’m proud that all Coffee Culture stores now serve The Chamellia Range by Somage Fine Foods.
The Chamellia Range of tea is a collection of Somage’s finest Specialty tea and tisanes. Over the last ten years Somage Fine Food founders Ben Kelly, Nathan Wakeford and their team have travelled the world, foraging through the most acclaimed tea growing regions to discover estates that produce the most unique teas, rich in both character and flavour. Somage only source from growers that use biodynamic and organic farming methods. Together they establish a direct partnership model that results in beautiful teas and also has positive impact on the local community. The teas and tisanes are not only certified organic but also contain no artificial colours or flavours resulting in a clean, fresh and natural tea.
We’ve also learnt a lot about the different brewing temperatures, the best crockery, and the correct brewing times and that’s why your tea is now served with a timer. We even adjust the temperature of the water to best suit your flavour choice.
We’re really excited for you to try the new range and hope that you’ll enjoy them as much as we do.