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The Kettle Shed helps Rosy Rosie ‘Give A Cup’ !

A few weeks ago we were approached by a small startup business called Rosy Rosie about helping out with some goodie bags they were doing for charity, we were really excited to help out, we had a quick read through the company’s website and their values and ideas on handmade and ethical business and we knew that we were a match made in heaven. The bags were a great success and we would like to let you know a bit more about what the company is about and how the goodie bags went down!

Rosy Rosie was set up by Rowena, she set up the company a few years ago to sell ‘Good Stuff with Good Stories’ for Babies, Children & their Grown-ups. She also makes scented soy candles. Her three main values are #handmade #ethical #sustainable. Her story is this “As a parent, multiple Godparent and friend to lots of people with (lots of) children, I was always on the lookout for fun, funky, good quality and cost effective presents, my criteria always being ‘would I like to receive this?!’”

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How the bag idea came about? We will let Rowena tell you that:

“Recently I was asked by a client (and old friend) to put together a Goodie Bag for a charity event he was organising. Initially, he was after some Rosy Rosie handmade scented soy wax candles to include; but after a quick chat around what else the bag could contain, I took on the job of supplying the whole bag; what fun I had and how lucky I am that I know so many brilliant small businesses and entrepreneurial artisans from all my events!”

We then got a call from Rowena asking if we would like to supply some of our tea to go in to the goodie bags, which of course we said yes too! As you can see in the image below they looked great!

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So all in all it was a match made in heaven from the start, two local London companies that both were started on core values of family, enthusiasm, expertise and ethical business and best of all it was all to raise money for charity! Below are the links to Rowenas website please have a look through and see if there is anything of interest to you!

If you have any possible charity ideas please let us know and see if we can be of help!

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Introducing our very own Princess Charlotte (Cheeky Charlie)

So after many weeks of speculation it has finally been revealed…

The Royal Princess’s name is Charlotte! This has inspired us to do a blog on our amazing Cheeky Charlie Tea!

The origins of our Cheeky Charlie tea name were inspired by The Tea Lady’s very own princess, her daughter Charlotte (pictured below)!

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All about the Cheeky Charlie Blend: A crisp and sweet blend of light Chinese green tea, green apple, lemon verbena and lime leaves. Bursting with freshness and zesty citrus notes. Green tea is rich in antioxidants and thought to have powerful rejuvenating effects, making a cup of this green brew a bountiful treat indeed.

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So if you fancy a “A green tea blend with apple lime flavour , uniquely blended by us…” then get on to www.thekettleshed.com now and try a box and have a cup for the next possible Queen of England! Also a perfect blend for a summer drink!

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Written by John Mojsa.

Vote GREEN! (not the party MATCHA of course!)

Matcha – the revolution.

Forget about the politics, vote for Matcha!

The Matcha revolution is just around the corner! Gone are the days of coffee jitters!

We have all been there right? It gets to mid-morning and you start to hit ‘the wall’, so you have a coffee to try and replenish and kick your energy levels up a bit, straight away you feel that amazing rush of energy that then unfortunately as The Guardian says “it sends you to the moon, jittery and anxious, with your heart skittering?”you then severely crash and burn on average 5-10 minutes after you had that coffee and then are even more drowsy than you were before the coffee itself.
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If this sounds like it happens to you or even if you are just looking to get a bit of natural jitter free energy then our Kettle Shed Matcha Powder is the way forward. Matcha is finely milled or fine powder green tea. The Japanese tea ceremony centres on the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha.

So what set’s Matcha apart from coffee?

Coffee can be addictive. It requires you to drink more and more to get the same “high” and eventually is needed just to feel “normal.” It can cause headaches, exhaustion, and other biological signs of withdrawal symptoms whereas….

Matcha contains L-Theanine that has a calming, relaxing effect and slows the release of tea-caffeine. Which means you get the same amount of energy input but spread out so there is no jitters and you get a natural energy booster that sticks around for alot longer! Here are a few extra facts on the positives of Matcha:

– Matcha provides 34mg of caffeine – but its effect lasts longer than a coffee’s 60mg.

– Matcha contains higher levels of antioxidants per gram than goji berries, dark chocolate, pecans, acai berries and even spinach. It also can be used as a sliming aid & makes you’re body wake up.

Japanese Zen Buddhist monks have been using matcha as a meditational drink for over 800 years through tea ceremonies and more recently westerners have been tapping into the superfood too.

We asked one of our staff that swapped their daily cups of coffee for matcha and this is what they said: “Even after my first Kettle Shed matcha ‘shot’ of the day I am pleasantly surprised by the caffeine kick and feel alert without any kind of edginess or anxiety that sometimes comes with a strong coffee.”

So how is Matcha different to normal green tea??

If you compare that to what you’d get from a tea bag – one bowl of matcha is equivalent to approximately 10 cups of regular green tea. That is because matcha powder uses the entire green tea leaf, instead of just dipping the leaf in hot water which provides only around 10% of the plant’s nutrients. It is also 15 times stronger than one green tea bag.

Matcha is simple to make and can be drank in a variety of ways such as a tea, expresso mixed with normal juice & can also be put in recipes such as White Chocolate cookies or white hot chocolate.

We put recipes up every few weeks so look out for them on our Social Media pages all can be found below, check on our website www.thekettleshed.com for more info on matcha.

And remember ask us any time for any questions on certain types of tea we are happy to answer, WE GIVE A CUP!

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Written by John Mojsa.

Earl Grey Tea & what it can do for you!

Tea drinkers across the country will be familiar with Earl Grey tea and it may even be your own choice of cuppa? However you may not know the history behind the cup and the extraordinary health benefits it can bring to you! We will go through below how it could give you an extra health kick.

Who or what is Earl Grey?

The tea was named after Earl Charles Grey who was the English Prime Minister and it is a tea with several health benefits due to presence of several biologically active compounds.

Components

Camellia Sinensis is the tea plant which is the source of leaves for Earl Grey. It has different compounds which fall in the category of natural chemicals known as flavonols and flavonoids.

These leaves are dried as well as rolled in the production process which further promotes creation of other compounds such as thearubigins and theaflavins.

Most of these compounds are excellent antioxidants which work in various problems ranging from cardiovascular diseases to cancer.

Health Benefits

There are several health benefits of drinking Earl Grey tea such as:

1) Heart Problems: In a comprehensive study it was found that drinking about 3 cups of Earl Grey on a daily basis helps to reduce risk of heart diseases. The study found the triglyceride levels in the blood reduced considerably and HDL increased in people who were drinking this tea.

2) Reducing Stress: It is able to reduce cortisol (which is a stress hormone) levels by as much as 45% and help drinkers feel a lot more relaxed. This was possible due to the sensory components present in the smell as well as flavor of Earl Grey.

3) Zero Calorie: Another strong point about it is that it is a zero calorie beverage and by even adding a teaspoon of sugar in it, it will still remain a very low calorie natural beverage. The other advantage for drinkers is that it keeps them hydrated and the potassium present in it assists in maintaining balance of body fluids.

4) Less Caffeine: It is also known to have less amount of caffeine in comparison to coffee. In studies it has been found that it has 14-61 mg of caffeine in every eight ounce cup which in case of coffee it is 95-200 mg.

So there you have it, FOUR reasons to significantly help your physical lifestyle.

This may have just been a good read for the day, it may have enlightened you on your favourite drink or even turned you into an avid Early Grey drinker, if so then have a look at our Epic Earl tea on www.thekettleshed.com. Each time you buy a box of tea with us we will donate a tea bag to our local homeless shelter in Chiswick just like our motto say’s WE GIVE A CUP!

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Written by John Mojsa

The collaboration you have all been waiting for… Tea & Coffee!!

The collaboration you have all been waiting for… Tea and Coffee!

As of this week our tea range will be in the already legendary TAMP COFFEE on W4 2EU Devonshire Road, Chiswick. The hidden away coffee shop is a Chiswick gem that people go to get away from the busy High Road.

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The Coffee Shop itself is classy – urban with simple light woods. The variety of unique sandwiches, cakes, coffee & now tea make it stand out from other coffee shops in the area. It has a sense of warmth and homeliness and it fits perfectly into what The Kettle Shed is all about!

Just like us they love to give back to the community, “We believe that coffee is a community and we should look out for our own. That’s why we use Direct Trade models, directly sourcing from farmers, which gives them better wages and improves communication across the supply chain. So, everybody wins.” With every Tea box sold at Tamp, tea goes to the shelter in Chiswick, so it’s win-win for the community!

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So if you fancy a quiet cup of tea, a beautiful cake and time away from the London rush then this I the place to go! If you go in and have one of our tea’s remember to tweet us on @thekettleshed and please leave a review on our Facebook Page, remember we really do give a cup!

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Written by John Mojsa.

Why Give A Cup?

“We Give A Cup” – It’s on our packets, but what does it actually mean?

Helping the Homeless

Here’s the short version: every time you buy a box of tea infusers, we donate tea directly to homeless shelters across the UK, so you buy a brew for someone.

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It’s there on the packaging for cup’s sake!


With the rising concerns (BBC 4 February 2015) about quietly increasing homelessness and poverty in the UK, we tried to find a way to help out. And since people forced to sleep rough or in shelters are probably the most in need of a really good cuppa, we thought we should donate the thing we do best!

Tea is full of antioxidants and hydrates the body. In addition to its warmth and great taste, tea has many health benefits which is why we think it’s such a wonderful way to help the people who are living on our streets.

Please show your support and help us to help out.

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The Kettle Shed takes a trip to Thailand (well sort of) !

The Kettle Shed takes a trip to Thailand (well sort of)!

We are so happy to announce that The Bedlington cafe are now stocking our tea alongside their beautiful Thai Food!

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The Bedlington Cafe is located closely in the heart of Grove park at 24 Fauconberg Road London W4 3JY, serving a wide selection of authentic Thai cuisine and starting from today our range of Kettle Shed tea. The Bedlington provide delicious Thai food to eat in, take away or to be delivered. Thai cuisine is regarded by many people as one of the best in the world and at The Bedlington is no different as they serve extremely tasty dishes.

Begin your thai experience with a very tasty starter such as the Thai noodle soup or Thai burrito which is great for sharing or if you’re hungry, it’s great to wash it down with a fresh Jasmine Jewels green tea. Browse through the menu and you will see curry and traditional dishes plus rice and noodles too. Whatever your favourite may be, spicy or sweet we will for sure have a tea to go with it!!!

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So if your in a mood for some tasty Thai food and want to drink some of our herbal tea with it make sure you check out The Bedlington at some point over the next few weeks!

I don’t know about you but tasty Thai food and a tantalising fruit tea is a match made in heaven.

And remember.. เรา ทำจริงๆ ให้ ถ้วย! (we really do give a cup!!)

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Written by John Mojsa (@simplysocialuk)