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Welcome to The Kettle Shed, Second Shot Coffee!

We’re really proud to be supplying Second Shot Coffee with the full range of Kettle Shed teas. Welcome to The Shed, Second Shot Coffee!

Second Shot Coffee

Second Shot Coffee is an incredible café based in Bethnal Green, London. Working with Café by Crisis and The Connection at St Martins in the Fields, Second Shot Coffee is staffed by formerly homeless individuals. All profits made from the café are used to give those members of staff training and one-to-one support to get them back into secure employment.

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As well as serving high quality food and drinks, Second Shot Coffee also acts as an after hours hub for the homeless community providing support and advice, food drives and takes part in a Pay It Forward Scheme.

Second Shot Coffee

As part of this social and philanthropic ethos, Second Shot Coffee is working with local vendors who share this approach to helping change lives. This includes The Dusty Knuckle, Luminary Bakery and Rise for beautiful bread, cakes and quiches as well as ourselves supplying Second Shot Coffee with the full range of Kettle Shed teas.

Second Shot Coffee

Second Shot Coffee is open from Monday – Friday, 7am-6pm and from 9am-7pm at the weekends. It is located on Bethnal Green Road, just a short walk from the tube station. So, why not pop in on your way to work and help support this fantastic social enterprise!

Second Shot Coffee

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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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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.

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.

Give A Cup Packaging

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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