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There’s more to tea..

June 9, 2010

It’s always interesting to read that tea is more than ‘just’ a refreshing drink.  There have long been studies and beliefs that tea has medicinal qualities too.
These range from weight loss through to beneficial effects for many diseases and conditions.

Two recent articles we’ve seen:

In Australia, it was found that drinking three to four cups per day gave a 20 – 25% reduction in the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. This study concluded that it doesn’t matter if the tea is green or black. Other compounds in the tea including magnesium and high levels of antioxidants may be responsible.

Another sudy in the USA found that an extract taken from green tea can reduce levels of cancer cells in the blood of leukemia patients and may even slow progression of the disease.

We’ve got 50 different green teas from China, Japan, Taiwan and the other major tea growing areas. Take a look here on our website: http://www.cupoftea.uk.com/categories/7/green-teas

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Cup of Tea revised website is live today

May 26, 2010

It’s amazing how quickly design moves forward. Today we are launching our updated website to reflect current design trends and more importantly adding subtle changes to improve usability and access for our customers. This is the fourth website design for Cup of Tea.

As ever, it’s been a long process of discussion and review to try to get the site where we want it but we’re really happy with the look, feel and usability.

Here’s a quick screen shot!

Apart from the visual interface nothing else has changed. We will continue to sell only really good teas and useful related accessories. We’re not in the mass-market and we never will be.

Let us know if your experience of navigating and using the site is good, we appreciate all feedback and constructive comments. And if you want to know anything about tea, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Is tap water ruining your tea?

April 19, 2010

We came across this article from electronic water softener supplier Electrostore. It’s an interesting perspective on the effect of hard water on delicate teas and a possible solution:

You can take the greatest tea in the world and ruin it with bad water.

Not only does hard water (from your tap) make your lovely expensive green tea taste weird, but it also makes you splash out on new kettles, washing machines, showerheads etc. The experts have the cheek to say that water is good for you, but obviously NOT for your bank balance.

A water filter is one (obvious and good) option, while buying bottled is the other – but the scandalous prices of H2O in bottles should put you off. What other less obvious options are available for our proud nation of tea guzzlers? 

Well, do you live in a hard-water area? To find out, most water softener companies will be able to supply you with a free water testing kit. If you do live in a hard-water area, what can you do to save money?

Some tea blends cope better in hard-water areas but that doesn’t help if you want to experience the delicate flavours of the best leaf teas.  And this doesn’t help to prevent you from splashing out the cash to replace your poor defenceless kettle now does it?

The best solution to living in a hard-water area is to buy an electronic water descaler from a respected company – like Electro Store Online  (http://www.electrostoreonline.com) –  which  is a little clever box that inhibits the limescale growth that damages domestic water systems and appliances. No plumbing or chemicals is needed, just fit it in and forget. Perfect.

Poor cups of tea may be a thing of the past! Your  taste buds, kettle, and wallet will thank you in the long run. Now we just need a solution to stop biscuits falling in your tea after dipping…..

Welcome to Cup of Tea

April 9, 2010

Yes it’s our first blog and just to set the scene here’s some background about us and our tea business.

We specialise in the very best teas and accessories from around the world. The majority of our teas are supplied by Ronnefeldt, one of the worlds top tea companies in the hospitality and catering sectors. Ronnefeldt have long term relationships with the tea growers and estates so you can be assured of superb and consistent quality.

Cup of Tea is the UK distributor of Ronnefeldt. Our customers are four and five star hotels throughout the UK and retail consumers who buy the same teas via our online shop at www.cupoftea.uk.com.

We’ve been trading in the UK since 2002 and have built up a fantastic and loyal base of customers both in the trade and retail sectors. We constantly add new teas and accessories to our range.

Tea fact: 1 gram of Matcha is the equivilent of 10 – 15 cups of regular green tea when it comes to antioxidents and nutrients. What is matcha? Look here: http://www.cupoftea.uk.com/products/734/matcha-izumi-organic