Welcome to The Kettle Shed, Stokers Café!

We’re super excited to be supplying Stokers Café with our full range of teas! Welcome to The Kettle Shed, Stokers! We also want to say huge congratulations to Birdie and Mike who have recently taken over Stokers Café and are doing a fabulous job! They also own the wonderful Birdie’s Kitchen in Acton Park, another supplier of The Kettle Shed tea!

Stokers Café can be found at the entrance of the London Museum of Water and Steam. Open daily from 11am-4pm, it serves a scrumptious range of food from toasties and salads to pies, soups, mouth watering cakes and all sorts of drinks, including The Kettle Shed tea range.

The café is the perfect place to go after exploring the museum for a yummy slice of cake and pot of tea or for a spot of lunch. It’s family friendly too, with a play area for children and a relaxed space for the adults, with historic artefacts dotted around the café.

stokers cafe

There are lots of fun things to do at the London Museum of Water and Steam, including an amazing Splash Zone where kids can play and learn. There’s also a fantastic Waterworks Railway, which is in full operation on the weekends and a beautiful garden open all year round.

 

The museum can also be hired for corporate events, weddings, children’s birthday parties and filming and photography. This includes full access to the museum and yummy food and drinks provided by Stokers Café.

museum shop

 

If you don’t have time to visit the museum, you can still pop into the café for a refreshing tea and a browse around the shop without paying the museum admission fee. If you live nearby, why not pop in and try one of our teas. We have all sorts of black teas, healthy green teas, as well as tasty white, fruity and herbal!

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Remember, at The Shed, we really do ‘Give A Cup’! Every time you buy a box of tea, we donate tea directly to homeless shelters across the UK. Our packaging is made from recycled cardboard and our fuso tea bags are biodegradable, so we don’t harm the planet.

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The Kettle Shed visits a tea plantation!

At the end of December, a Kettle Shed dream came true. The Kettle Shed Tea Lady and Darcy Rae (who has her very own tea named after her, Darcy’s Delights!) visited a tea plantation and it was really rather magical.

Araksa Tea Plantation

The Araksa Tea Plantation in Chiang Mai, Thailand is a small and beautiful plantation on a hill. It produces stunning tea leaves called, Camellia sinensis. There are two types of Camellia sinensis: sinensis for Chinese teas, and assamica for Indian Assam teas. The assamica leaves are used to make the well known Assam tea, which is a black tea named after the largest tea growing region in India. At Araksa Tea Plantation, they grow assamica leaves.

tea leavesWe wanted to get the full experience, so we went on the 2 hour tour of the plantation. It was very hands on as the incredible tour guides showed us the entire tea process from picking to producing tea leaves ready to drink.

plucking tea leaves

Excited to get started, the resident plucker lead us to the tea leaves, where she showed us how to pluck. Walking among the tea plants, with bamboo cases on our backs, we gently picked the tea leaves, dreaming about owning our very own tea plantation.

araksa tea plantation

With our bamboo cases full, we headed back to the roasting station with our harvest where we weighed our pickings and were shown the next crucial steps to make our very own green tea.

weighing tea leaves

To make the green tea we all know and love, the leaves underwent a short withering process before we steamed them in a large pan, moving them around quickly to lock in the flavour and not over cook them.

steaming tea leaves

When the leaves had cooled, we then started rolling, pressing and twisting them with our hands. It was really therapeutic sitting in the plantation, listening to the birds singing and all rolling the tea together.

processing tea

rolling tea leaves

Unlike black tea, green tea does not undergo an oxidation process. To make black tea, the leaves are oxidised (which is often erroneously called ‘fermentation’). Leaf oxidisation, induced by controlled temperature and humidity, determines the quality of the tea, infusing the leaves with caffeine and causing them to darken.

green tea

araksa tea tins

After we had prepared the green tea leaves, we were then ready to do what we do best, brew a cup of the freshest tea! It tasted divine, even more so, knowing that we’d been a part of the entire tea leaf process!

drinking tea

If you are a tea fanatic or simply want to try something new, then we would encourage you to visit a tea plantation. We came away utterly inspired, motivated and eager to show you all how the process of tea is made. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll be able to set up a Kettle Shed tea workshop!

tea leaves

Remember, at The Shed, we really do ‘Give A Cup’! Which is why every time you buy a box of tea, we donate tea directly to homeless shelters across the UK. Our packaging is made from recycled cardboard and our fuso tea bags are biodegradable so we don’t harm the planet.

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Welcome to The Kettle Shed, Birdie’s Kitchen!

We’re delighted to be supplying a fabulous new retro café, Birdie’s Kitchen, with our full range of teas! Welcome to The Kettle Shed, Birdie’s!

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Birdie’s Kitchen can be found in pretty Acton Park and is run by Mike and Birdie, who are two former, private chefs for A-list celebs! They have cooked up a storm for the likes of David Cameron, Pierce Brosnan, Annie Lennox, Naomie Harris, the Pussy Cat Dolls, Merrill Lynch, Goldfrapp and even the HR Prince of Wales! They have also been head chefs all over the world and at major hotels, European caterers and exclusive event companies such as, The Langham, Tony Page Ltd, The Grosvenor, Alison Price & Co. and the Mandarin Oriental in London. It’s safe to say they have a wealth of experience!

birdies-kitchen

Previously an old café in Acton Park, Mike and Birdie saw a great potential in it. Their vision has clearly come to fruition after buying the café and transforming it into a beautiful space for locals to enjoy!

birdies-kitchen

They have a wonderful menu, full of beautiful breakfasts and yummy lunches. They also have gluten free cakes, a nutritious and alternative salad bar and a range of our tasty teas!

birdies-kitchen

With their impressive CVs, it’s no surprise that they also host private parties and functions for kids and adults!

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It’s a great place for a tasty breakfast with the entire family, scrummy lunch with friends and being dog friendly, it’s a perfect stop off for a cup of tea and cake after a walk around the park.

birdies-kitchen

If you live nearby, why not pop in and try one of our teas! We have all sorts of black teas, healthy green teas, as well as tasty white, fruity and herbal teas!

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Remember

WE REALLY DO GIVE A CUP!

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Kick start the new year and the new you with Matcha green tea!

Hands up. Who’s feeling like they over indulged this Christmas? Too much sherry and chocolates? Lots of sitting around watching films? We hear you! At The Kettle Shed, we’re certainly feeling like we ate too many mince pies but we know just the cure, Matcha Green Tea! It’s the perfect way to detox post Christmas and to give you and the new year a healthy kick start!

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Health Benefits

But why is it so good? Well, as with any green tea, the drinker can expect to benefit from the wide range of antioxidants that come in every cup. But matcha tea is quite special when it comes to the levels of antioxidants. With approximately 15 times more antioxidants than most green teas, matcha is a super-strong toxin-killing tea that will leave you feeling refreshed and clean. This delicious and delightfully green tea has some great energy boosting properties that give you that burst you need to feel better and get on with your day. What’s more is this tea is an excellent calorie burner too, and that’s something most of us will want to make use of. Add the calorie burning effect on top of the energy boost, and it’s likely you’ll burn a few more calories than you would if you drank an energy drink.

 

match green tea

 

Matcha Tea Origins

Although matcha tea is considered to be a fairly new product in the western world, it has in fact been drunk in Japan for a very long time. Taken from China to Japan almost one thousand years ago, it is rumoured a Zen Monk by the name of Eisai brought the tea seeds to Japan. Since then, Zen Buddha’s have drunk matcha tea to help them focus while they meditate. As well as introducing matcha tea to Japan, Eisai also introduced some Zen philosophies, and some became intertwined with drinking this wonderful tea. Specific preparation and drinking rituals were undertaken in The Way of Tea, which was an important ceremony at that time.

 

How to drink it

Matcha tea cannot be drunk in the same way as other teas because of its flavour and antioxidant properties. To ensure you enjoy your cuppa perfectly, read the following instructions:

1. Warm your mug or cup with got water before pouring the water away. Make sure you also warm you utensils too as it will help to prevent the tea from cooling too quickly.

2. Add around 3 grams of matcha powder per 150 ml of water to you cup/mug.

3. Boil your water and allow it to cool slightly.

4. Add enough the hot water to your cup/mug to just cover the powder and whisk in a forwards and backwards motion so a paste is formed.

5. Add the remaining hot water and continue to stir the tea until you have a smooth and frothy consistency.

6. Make sure you visit our TV page for more ways to enjoy matcha tea.

Top Tip! When you drink this tea, you should ideally sip it, this will make sure you avoid the crash you would usually get with caffeinated drinks. Sipping the tea will also give you more time to enjoy the smooth velvety flavour that has an adorable leafy essence.

The Kettle Shed Matcha Green Tea is £30 + free postage throughout January.

Remember

WE REALLY DO GIVE A CUP!

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Putting the tea swirl in samba

We’re absolutely delighted to be stocking our tea at the fabulous Samba Swirl, a delicious frozen yoghurt shop based in 4 locations across London.

samba swirl chiswick

 

Samba Swirl isn’t just about frozen yoghurt; they have the perfect cure for all those winter blues! With a range of hot drinks and speciality teas, cold pressed juices and sweet treat combinations in their new “signature” drinks menu, there is something for everyone. From a herbal and spicy hot-toddy to delicious red velvet or carrot cake, this is the perfect place to escape on a cold, winter day.

Run by Lyndsey and David, the duo set up Samba Swirl after a trip to America where they came hooked on frozen yoghurt. Coming back to the UK to find no such alternative, they started on a quest to find out what makes the highest quality frozen yoghurt. Being led to Italy, the home of gelato, the team developed and refined their innovative yoghurt range and in 2011 set up the first self service frozen yoghurt shop in the UK.

samba swirl store london

 

And what a success it has been! Now with shops in Battersea, Camden, Chiswick and Islington, Samba Swirl has expanded to include a range of delicious drinks and scrumptious snacks as well as their signature frozen yoghurt. We are so pleased for our speciality teas to join the samba party!

 

Remember

WE REALLY DO GIVE A CUP!

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What is the difference between loose leaf & tea bags?

What is loose leaf tea?

Loose leaf are large loose tea leaves that are stored usually in a tea tin and then served in one of our tea infusers. You can choose how little or how much tea you would like in your drink.

loose leaf tea

What are Fuso tea bags?

Fuso tea bags are triangular type tea bags. The triangular or pyramid shape improves the liquidity of the tea leaves when they come in contact with hot water and allow for prompt extraction, which means stronger tastier tea! A benefit of our fuso tea bags is that they are biodegradable, which means they are capable of being decomposed by the action of biological agents, especially bacteria. Material that, left to itself, will be decomposed by natural processes. Note: The use of biodegradable packaging is supposed to reduce the volume of waste in landfills. So, each time you buy tea online in the UK from us you are helping the environment rather than buying from standard supermarket vendors where their tea bags result in them clogging up landfill!

cheeky charlie kettle shed tea

In actual fact, there is not a lot of difference between our loose leaf tea and our fuso bags as we pick the highest quality tea leaves and ingredients so in both instances you get big tasty tea leaves. The only difference is, with loose leaf you can choose exactly how much tea you require and add it to one of our infusers yourself rather than us adding the tea to our fuso tea bags. Both fuso tea bags and loose leaf tea comes in 6 different forms of tea.

Green Tea

White Tea

Black Tea

Oolong Tea

Fruit Tea

Herbal Tea

Matcha tea

The main thing to consider is, if you want a slightly fuller tastier tea and have a bit more time to pick bigger leaves out of your container and give loose leaf tea a chance to steep for a few extra minutes, then loose leaf is the way forward. If you want a quicker brew then fuso tea bags is the one for you! Coming up soon on the blog, we are going to go deep into a real issue regarding quality of tea in the UK tea world.

Remember

WE REALLY DO GIVE A CUP!

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Give Kettle Shed tea this Christmas!

Tea makes a perfect present at Christmas and we have lots of gorgeous brews for everyone’s taste buds!

 

kettle shed tea

For the guys out there, why not try Kick-In Coco, which is delicious with or without milk. Alternatively, Tutti Frutti is a treat on the eyes with it’s colourful  infusion of tropical fruits. Both are great winter drinks!

kick In Coco tea

 

Darjeeling is known as “the champagne of teas”, so why not pick up our uniquely blended, Dargeeling Darling to enjoy on Christmas day. It’s available as a loose-leaf tea and also in biodegradable fuso bags. To make that gift extra special, don’t forget to check out our tea infusers too!

darjeeling darling tea

 

For those ready to kick start the year with a healthy detox, try our Matcha green tea. It’s a fantastic energy booster, calorie burner and is the perfect antidote to post-lunch lethargy.

 

green tea kettle shed

 

If there are too many to choose from, why not pick up a delightful hamper instead! This is the perfect gift for any tea lover and you get to choose the teas. Your selection comes in a snap shut box, with white ribbon, so it’s all ready to give as a present.

kettle shed teas

Don’t forget, there is still free postage on everything at The Kettle Shed!

Remember

WE REALLY DO GIVE A CUP!

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