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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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Welcome to The Kettle Shed, Windfall Natural Goods!

We’re delighted to be supplying Windfall Natural Goods with the full range of Kettle Shed teas!

Windfall Natural Goods

Windfall Natural Goods is a gorgeous natural food store, which can be found near Chiswick Common on Turnham Green Terrace in London. As well as Kettle Shed tea it also sells hand picked organic foods, supplements and natural remedies and is well worth a visit.

It’s open from Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, so do pop in and pick up some of our scrumptious tea!

Windfall Natural Goods Interior

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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.

The Kettle Shed Twitter: @thekettleshed

The Kettle Shed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thekettleshed

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-kettle-shed

Instagram: https://instagram.com/thekettleshed/

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.

The Kettle Shed Twitter: @thekettleshed

The Kettle Shed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thekettleshed

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-kettle-shed

Instagram: https://instagram.com/thekettleshed/

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.

The Kettle Shed Twitter: @thekettleshed

The Kettle Shed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thekettleshed

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-kettle-shed

Instagram: https://instagram.com/thekettleshed/

 

 

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!

birdies-kitchen

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!

birdies-kitchen

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!

The Kettle Shed Twitter: @thekettleshed

The Kettle Shed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thekettleshed

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-kettle-shed

Instagram: https://instagram.com/thekettleshed/

Birdie’s Kitchen Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BirdiesKitchenCo/timeline

 

 

 

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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The Kettle Shed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thekettleshed

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-kettle-shed

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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!

The Kettle Shed Twitter: @thekettleshed

The Kettle Shed Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thekettleshed

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-kettle-shed

Instagram: https://instagram.com/thekettleshed/