Whether you meet a friend for a chat, come home from work or just lost a foot – the first thing Irish people do is to switch on the kettle for a reassuring cup of tea.
Tea in Ireland goes beyond just being a thirst quenching drink. It has developed a different dimension in Irish social life over the last 150 years. Tea is a medium that acts as a social binder and link. When nothing goes any more tea is the lowest common denominator.
Therefore the quality of the drink took always second place.
Over the last 10 years, things have changed. Thankfully people still drink tea but now they want it to taste better, want different types and flavours and want added health benefits.
Some might call it fancy but it is a natural progression from no choice to a wider choice of teas. Drinking a beautiful Darjeeling with friends in the afternoon does not diminish the social aspect of the tea drinking. Just the opposite – it enhances the experience and it gives the host a chance to actually talk about the tea itself and to show off a little. Why not – we are grown up now and we can afford it.
House of Tea has been a front-runner in the development towards more choice and better qualities.
Since we started in 2004 we have not only supplied many great teas but we also provided advice, guidance and knowledge to thousands of customers. We knew that a big part of our business would be education and information about the various aspects of tea.
A satisfied customer is not only the one that walks away with some of our teas but also the one that leaves with a surprised smile about a tea fact he/she never knew existed.
This blog will also be a continuation of our tea education. We will talk about a wide range of topics like tea types, production, health benefits but also news from the tea world, Afternoon Tea reviews and anything else tea-related that pops into my head.
You, dear Reader, could be part of it. Leave a comment and let us know what you think or what you would like us to talk about.
Thank you for reading this far.
Martin - House of Tea