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Friday, November 12th saw the relaunch of Papaji’s on Whiteladies Road. Rebranded as “Papaji’s Bar, Kitchen & Teasmiths”, the venue has not only a new look, but new drinks menus, a new chef and a completely different menu to that offered in its previous incarnation. Read the rest of this entry »

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If you’re in the Redland area on Wednesday lunchtime, head down to natural food shop Wild Oats to join local Cornish food specialists Mullion Cove for a tea and fairings tasting session. Read the rest of this entry »

Papaji’s, Whiteladies Road’s house of teas, restaurant, lounge and bar, first opened its doors to the public in September 2009. Describing themselves as “the alternative to the generic coffee shop that Bristol has been crying out for”, they not only offer over 60 loose leaf teas for the public to try, but also a full breakfast to dinner menu plus cocktails.

Resident tea master Andy Dodd has trained extensively for his title, and has also spent time working on the Glenburn Tea Estate in Darjeeling. The venue continues to be linked with the estate, with a proportion of the profits from every Glenburn Tea sale going to the Glenburn Welfare Trust, which helps to fund the 3 primary schools, 1 secondary school, the hospital and medical centres on the 1,600 acre estate.

From 7pm to 9pm on Thursday March 25th, Papaji’s will be hosting a tea tasting session, with details posted on Facebook as follows:

Come and have Afternoon Tea at 7pm, yeah, we know, followed swiftly by a tea tasting session with Duncan our Master Tea Blender. Try a wide selection of our teas and ask him all the questions you want! After tea, Andy the resident Tea Master will make you our unique and scrummy tea infused cocktails.

As we only have a limited number of places, please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to come along. The event cost £5 to guarantee that all who say they’re going to come, will come, so that no-one avoids disappointment. There will be an opportunity for you all to purchase some larger bags of our tea and also some of our funky Kamjove ‘Kongfu art’ teapots.

For more details, check out their Facebook page or contact them directly via their website!

“I realised that tea could be extraordinarily good. So, armed with my infectious passion, I founded Lahloo, named after the tea clipper my great-great grandfather sailed. Bring your teapot to life with Lahloo!”

The above is the mission statement of Kate Gover, founder of Bristol-based Lahloo Tea. We’d been following her on Twitter for a few weeks, but when the opportunity came up to meet her and taste some of her teas at the Arch House Deli in Clifton, it was far too good to pass up.

An avid tea drinker who was disappointed with the range of teas – especially those produced by smaller companies – on the market, Kate set up her business around 18 months ago. Named after the tea clipper that her great-great-grandfather sailed, Lahloo encompasses a range of teas that not only taste good, but are beautifully packaged. Furthermore, Kate’s teas are not “mass-produced tea from huge factories where cost is the number one priority”. Instead, they choose to source their teas from small, fairly traded, family-owned tea gardens, and the quality speaks for itself. Lahloo teas are available at a range of delis, cafes and restaurants in Bristol, and are also stocked at Liberty’s and Harvey Nichols.

My arrival at Arch House luckily coincided with the arrival of two fresh pots of tea, one of Amber Oolong, one of Long Jing. The former was a slightly smoky tea from Taiwan, which Kate explained was a good digestive, the latter a refreshing and easy to drink Chinese green tea. While I was there, I listened to Kate talking to others sampling her teas, and learned far more than I had previously known. I never knew, for example, that all tea – whether green, black, white or oolong – comes from the same plant (camellia sinensis)…or that drinking coffee – particularly milky coffee – numbs the tastebuds…or that all tea (yes, including green), unless specifically decaffeinated, contains caffeine. If you’re looking for a low-caffeine green tea, Kate suggests going for Chinese  teas – they tend to be roasted, whereas Japanese teas are more likely to have been steamed…and roasting lowers the caffeine content.

Kate’s enthusiasm for all things tea-related is evident, and this enthusiasm really is translated into her product range and personal levels of service, as evidenced by the testimonials on her website. She’s also keen to visit those who are keen to stock her range, to talk through the best ways to sell and serve her teas, with tea tastings and decisions on which products to stock, and advice on merchandising and marketing.

For more information on the company, the products, and details of where to buy, go to http://www.lahlootea.co.uk.


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