Tea Journal

LATEST CHARITY INITIATIVE – FoodCycle

Helping to serve community meals across the country. We love to bring people together over tea, and so we though it only made sense that, having done some fundraising for them in the past, we start to support the charity, FoodCycle. FoodCycle serves community meals across the country, with a number of sites here in London, and aims to build communities by combining volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces, creating nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty [...]

Tea of the Month – August

Beautiful Skin Red clover is such a common sight in our fields during the summer, but did you know it has amazing health benefits? When researching for this piece I was shocked to find that this simple flower can have so many positive effects on our health, particularly when brewed as a tea. Often used fresh in salads, we chose to use dried flowers in our Beautiful Skin tisane, and combined the clover with other summer blooms, dandelion, elderflower and [...]

Tea of the month – July

MANGO BLACK TEA With mango season in full swing, it only makes sense to pay tribute to our Indian roots and choose our black mango tea as one of our teas of the month. The bright yellow pulp, protected by a thick waxy skin, dark green with a rosy blush, is synonymous with summer desserts. Our black tea, which is scattered with sunflower blossoms, will bring this sunshine into your tea break, along with a little caffeine boost. Whilst lovely as [...]

Wimbledon Tennis Championships

The Wimbledon Tennis Championships have started, which that means that the London summer is in full swing. City summers are so different from the countryside, and believe me, when I’m like a sardine on the central line, I would much rather be in rolling fields with the breeze in my hair. However, there is something special about living in a city during the summer months. In this weather, it’s a pleasure to walk home from work, iced tea in hand, [...]

Tea of the month – June

Happy Midsummer!  Here at the tea house, we have chosen two teas that remind us most of summer to help us welcome it in. Nothing can be more idyllic than a bloom-filled English summer garden. Drooping foxgloves, overblown roses, drifts of wild flowers, the English meadow is filled with romance and nostalgia. A flash of colour caught between the greens of spring and the yellows of harvest, the smells and sounds of a countryside walk can leave you feeling contented [...]

Iced Drinks

In was confirmed in the news this week that this May has been the hottest in the UK on record! It certainly makes a nice change from all that snow we were having a couple of months ago… How have you been coping with the heat? Here at the Tea House we have found the best way to manage is to drink copious quantities of ice tea! With so many infusions to choose from, we have enjoyed exploring different [...]

Shou Pu Erh

Tea Break! What are you sipping today? This week we have chosen Shou Pu Erh to focus on. It is an unusual flavour and usually divides opinion, but we love it! It infuses to a dark red colour and has a woody, tobacco aroma. Shou Pu Erh is an interesting, rather unique tea, as the leaves are ‘cooked’ using heat and moisture rather than being left to dry. This results in a cake, instead of loose leaves, like you can see above. [...]

Lapsang Souchong Tea

I was walking home last night and the air was thick with the wonderful smell of barbecues. Oh, how I love those smokey notes, and especially in my food! Barbecue wood chips, liquid smoke or bits of smoked bacon, whether you are grilling or not, there are plenty of tricks to infuse our favourite dishes with subtle smokiness. But have you ever considered tea? Lapsang Souchong is a unique black tea from the Fujian province in China, made of mountain-grown tea leaves and [...]

Teas for the Autumn you must have in stock!

Dry winds, the cool, unsettled weather, and decreasing daylight hours that we experience as the season transitions into autumn can be difficult for our bodies and minds. Autumn, according to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), represents the element Earth which represents the transition from summer to autumn. Body imbalance may arise during autumn and may cause one to feel unwell and experience disharmony such as disturbances within the digestive tract, flaccid muscles and weight gain.  The good news is that we [...]

A personal experience of creating Camellia’s Gold Taste Award winning teas – “Happiness Tea” and “Soothing Rose”

Camellia’s Tea House started in 2008 with the idea of creating tea infusions that were both healthy and tasty, but also visually beautiful.  I was a homeopathic practitioner and always had a natural flare and interest in healing herbs and also loved being creative in the kitchen, using aromatic herbs and spices from around the world in my cooking. Happiness Tea and Soothing Rose teas were born from the idea of wanting to create caffeine-free infusions which themed well with [...]

Breaking the back of the tea industry in Darjeeling

Storms are brewing in the eastern state of West Bengal, as India’s most famous tea-growing region is under conflict. Darjeeling with its beautiful sprawling estates and unique micro-climate, by many considered to be the Mecca of tea, produces some of the world’s most expensive black premium teas, including the highly coveted First Flush teas. Prized for their distinctive flavor and aroma, Darjeeling teas, also known as the ‘Champagnes of Teas’, are largely exported to European markets. Due to the current conflict, [...]

Summer Sun Iced Teas

Are you prepared for the summer? Despite the recent wet weather that the UK is so famous for, it seems that things are about to change. It’s reported that Britain is in for the hottest summer and only weeks away from a flaming 100F/37C with tropical heatwaves driven by the “Spanish Pluming”. Before the panic sets in and people rush to buy electrical fans and other cooling mechanisms, we suggest that you stock up on plenty of tea leaves and [...]

Can a Cup of Tea Fight Inflammation?

Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses. However, in some diseases, like arthritis, the body’s defense system triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign invaders to fight off. This is known as autoimmune diseases. There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic inflammation. Acute inflammation arises after a cut or scrape in the skin, site of injury or [...]

Mother’s Day Celebrations

It goes without saying that being a mother is one of the toughest yet the most rewarding jobs out there.  Not a day should go by where we are not grateful for all the hard work and sacrifices mothers make for their families.  That’s why it’s important to use Mother’s Day to tell your mum you appreciate, respect and admire her. In our opinion having one day to celebrate doesn’t seem like much time, given all the hard work which [...]

Matcha Has Taken The World By Storm

It looks like everybody is going Matcha crazy; it has taken the world by storm and the craze just continues to grow! Matcha is so versatile that you can’t help creating recipes outside the cup. There are many fun things you can do with Matcha, from creating delectable desserts and exotic drinks to cosmetic skincare and mouthwashes – the list just goes on! So why is everyone sipping Matcha? Well, it is classified as a superfood and one that is [...]

Has Valentine’s Day Lost Its True Meaning?

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, shops are already flooded with hearts, chocolates and fluffy merchandise. But has it lost its true meaning? Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about people that we care about, but instead we get lost in its craziness and cause ourselves much emotional and physical stress, trying to make dinner reservation at over-priced fancy restaurants or breaking the bank with expensive presents. We believe there is an antidote to all this ‘love madness’ and that’s to [...]

Christmas Tea with Friends – How to Create Your Own Christmas Blend

When planning a Christmas Tea Party what could be more amazing then creating your own tea blend to share with friends and family.  The festive season brings inspiration and important key flavours of cloves, oranges and cinnamon to a cup of warming spicy tea.  We have listed some of our teas which mix well with seasonal spices.  We recommend the following: English Breakfast: This is a blend of black teas from Sri Lanka and India and offers a robust body [...]

ITEI Tea Sommelier Training

The second round of our certified Tea Courses proved to be a great success, so we have asked one of the graduates of the Tea Sommelier course to write about their experience. You can read their account below and if you are interested in one of our course yourself, visit our ITEI page or drop us an email at info@camelliasteahouse.com ITEI Tea Sommelier Training – October 2016 It was a great pleasure to attend the Tea Sommelier Course and become one of [...]

Christmas Tea with Friends – Christmas Tea Party

Invite Your Friends To A Christmas Tea Party The holiday season is fast approaching and it’s easy to get lost in all the noise of Christmas preparations; cooking, cleaning, wrapping, decorating and so on.  The most important aspect is time spent with your family and friends.  We have come up with a solution which will be fun and take away all the stress of buying gifts, wrapping and delivering them.  Planning a tea party at home would be the perfect [...]

Christmas Tea with Friends – The Tea Guide

Even though we may not have our new London Tea Rooms to share with you this Christmas, we will be delighted to bring Christmas to your home to enjoy with your friends and family. As you may well be aware there are tons of Christmas teas out there and you may be struggling with which one you should choose from. So, with the Christmas season around the corner, we have put together a brief listing of a variety of [...]