Welcome to May’s edition of Teasup’s e-newsletter, it's great to have you onboard!
What have we got for you today? We’ve got details of our new biodegradable pyramid tea bags and a brief history of the mighty tea bag! We’ve got a spotlight focus on Malawi’s Satemwa Estate, a third generation family business with a big focus on social welfare and the environment. And of course we couldn’t leave you without a tea quote of the day!
We’ve just launched our biodegradable pyramid tea bags!
Did you know that tea bags were invented in America? In 1908 a New York tea merchant by the name of Thomas Sullivan kicked off its popularity when he started sending out samples of tea in small silken bags. People put them straight into the pot instead of taking the tea out the bags, and the tea bag was born!
Over in the UK, the Brits were more reluctant to adopt anything so radical, and combined with material shortages from two world wars, it was not until the 1950s when when tea bags took off!
Fast forward to 2019 and we welcome our biodegradable pyramid tea bags to the Teasup family!
Why we love our biodegradable tea bags, made from renewable plant starch
We want drinkers who could use the extra convenience of a tea bag, to be able to drink exactly the same incredible tea as loose leaf tea drinkers. No tea “dust” or “fannings" that you’d get in most normal tea bags, and instead exactly the same high quality whole leaf tea in a biodegradable tea bag.
Using high grade whole leaf matters - it’s what brings out the flavours, aromas, appearance, and complexities - and our pyramid tea bags are large too, giving plenty of room for the tea leaves to unfurl and release their goodness as they infuse.
That’s why 19 of our 20 teas are now available in biodegradable tea bags (see below as to why not the last one!). There is no reason not to be drinking great tea wherever you are.
Teasup spotlight - The Satemwa Estate in Malawi
Today we spotlight on The Satemwa Estate in South Malawi, a third generation family business based on the slopes of the beautiful Thyolo mountain along Africa’s Great Rift Valley. They employ more than 2000 local workers who are provided with education and health services to help raise standards of living. They have a big focus on the environment too, and they’ve developed wildlife corridors - strips of forest between fields - as homes to an array of flora and fauna. In 2007 Satemwa became the first Fairtrade registered tea estate in Malawi, and this was followed by UTZ and Rainforest Alliance certifications soon after. They’re also part of the Ethical Tea Partnership.
The tea is incredible… They're at the forefront of developing handcrafted artisanal teas in Africa and for all these reasons we’re excited to be offering three of their wonderful teas:
- Malawian Smoked Guava - our version of Lapsang Souchong, which has such an incredible aroma that it’s like bringing a campfire in to your home or office… without the hassle! It’s great with smoked salmon too. https://www.teasup.co.uk/products/malawian-smoked-guava-black-tea-satemwa-estate-premium-leaf-tea-for-sale
- Malawian First Flush - likely the Southern Hemisphere’s only First Flush (the first harvest in the spring) where the cool winters characterised by Chiperoni mists are stressful to the bush, creating conditions similar to the lower elevation gardens in Darjeeling, India. It’s a wonderfully delicate drink, best without milk, great after lunch, with a beautifully sweet and nutty aroma https://www.teasup.co.uk/products/malawian-first-flush-rare-satemwa-tea-estate-premium-black-tea-for-sale
- Malawian Rare White Tea - wonderfully subtle and light tasting, where the leaves are so large and delicate that it’s the only tea that we have decided not to put in a bag! https://www.teasup.co.uk/products/malawian-rare-white-tea-satemwa-estate-premium-loose-leaf-tea-for-sale
Tea quote of the day
“Arthur blinked at the screens and felt he was missing something important. Suddenly he realized what it was.
"Is there any tea on this spaceship?" he asked.”
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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All the best,
Phil and Hanna at Teasup
An independent tea company built with passion for incredible whole leaf tea, ethical sourcing and biodegradable packaging
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