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About Us


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About Us


WE ARE THE TEA LEAF COMPANY

WELCOME TO THE TEA-VOLUTION

So why ‘The Tea Leaf Company’?  Well, the history of tea is a colourful one.  It's a tale of royals and rogues, heroes and villains – daredevils who risked life and limb in their quest to bring the people a better brew.  Our name is a nod to their invention, resilience and downright craftiness. Like John Fortune, who played a fair bit of hide and seek in his time. Disguised as a local, he entered China seeking precious tea seeds and closely-guarded cultivation methods. Hiding them in many ingenious ways he smuggled them out of the country and introduced tea growing to India. So here’s to you John - you sneaky rascal!

Most would agree there’s nothing more British than the humble cuppa - but thanks to England’s 19th century taxation laws, there was once a time when our national drink was off-limits to all but the filthy rich. Fuelled by a sense of injustice (and spying an opportunity to make a few quid), a bunch of rogues and ne’er-do-wells took it upon themselves to liberate the mighty tea leaf from the taxman’s grasp. By hook or by crook (but mostly by crook) they made it their mission to share its wondrous properties with the masses. And so, a national obsession was born. 

Just like the smugglers before us, we too believe it’s everybody’s right to enjoy a good cup of tea. And call us old-fashioned, but we think modern day tea-drinkers can learn a lot from the way those early tea-volutionaries did things. We’re having none of this teabag nonsense for a start – it’s loose leaf all the way. We’re also firm believers in the notion that a quality cuppa starts with respect for tradition, people and the place in which it’s grown. 

And so, while we might not be risking life and limb, we like to think a little of the rebellious nature of those early tea pioneers lives on through us. So join us for a brew and, in the spirit of those crafty Rascals that made all this possible, steal a moment.

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FINDING NAGALAND


FROM THE FOOTHILLS OF NAGALAND

FINDING NAGALAND


FROM THE FOOTHILLS OF NAGALAND

NAGALAND

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What do you get when you take two tea-obsessed Brits and team them up with the son of an Indian tea planter? The answer is The Tea Leaf company – quality, fair trade tea, sold at a fair price. An adventure which began over a pot of English Breakfast at our kitchen table took us halfway round the world to the tea fields of Nagaland (that’s right next door to Assam for all you tea buffs). To a place untouched by modern industry, where tea is grown the old-fashioned way – and tastes all the better for it. Where farmers use traditional methods, so no nasty chemicals in the ground. Where every leaf is hand-picked and rolled with a love and care that’s reflected in the way they treat their workers. 'The Tea Leaf Company' only uses tea from the Naga family-owned tea garden because we like the way they do things.  We think you will too.

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