Back to School

School supported by Tea People

School supported by Tea People

As the days shorten, the weather cools, and the summer starts to wind down, there’s just one thing on most children in Britain’s minds: back to school. This annual ritual of pencil-purchasing, hair-cutting, and sleepless nights filled with mixed panic and excitement at the prospect of the new school year always makes me miss the days of my youth. Even if your pre-September routine was slightly less anxiety ridden than mine, I’m sure we all have strong recollections of these times of our lives.

However, not every child gets the chance to think about their imminent return to learning. 58 million children across the globe don’t have access to education. For many of these children, the nerves, butterflies and ultimate magic of the school year will never become a reality.

Here at Tea People, we want to change that, so behind every cuppa there’s support for that back-to-school feeling. We donate 50% of our profits to help educate children in the tea-growing Darjeeling region of India, helping turn over a new leaf for the world’s children.

Our part may be small, but we join a passionate charitable sector deeply committed to ensuring education for all children. This September, world leaders will approve the new Global Goals, replacing he Millennium Development Goals of 2000, setting the development agenda for the next 15 years. Goal 4 promotes primary, secondary and lifelong learning for all global citizens.

We’re right there with them.

So as you and your family rush to get the most out of the summer days and prepare for the new school year, take a moment to put the kettle on, grab a brew, and kick up your feet. With this simple moment of indulgence, you’re helping a child get to experience those very same back-to-school jitters that you had. Simply amazing.

 

Warmest wishes and deepest thanks,

The Tea People Family

Peppermint Cucumber Iced Tea

By Vishaka Agarwal

Truth be told, I stumbled upon this recipe completely by accident. I had a hot cup of peppermint tea brewed and ready but the way things are in a growing business, I never got around to drinking it and it grew cold. Someone had mentioned cucumbers go well with mint so I  chopped up a fresh cucumber, dropped it into my now cold tea and stuck the cup into the fridge….and voila! a cold tea that made you tingle with cold even during the hottest day of the year!

I have now made slight changes to the recipe to further simplify and perfect the  recipe. Have fun!

Peppermint cucumber iced tea

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of Tea People Peppermint tea per glass of tea (depending on the strength required)
  • Thinly sliced fresh cucumber pieces
  • Fresh mint leaves and  to garnish
  • Agave nectar or any other sweetener to taste

Method

  • Brew tea in boiling water, letting it steep for 5-7 minutes.
  • Pour brewed tea into a serving pitcher.
  • Add sweetener if required
  • Top up with cold water and ice. The sudden cooling will keep the flavor and aroma of the tea intact
  • Put in cucumber pieces
  • Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. 

A note from the resident Tea People t(w)ea-ter…

Anja Nielsen - Tea People Volunteer

Anja Nielsen – Tea People Volunteer

It may seem a bit strange: a 23-year-old who works full-time in London and endures a four hour round trip commute, volunteering to do Social Media for a tea company. In fact, put it that way and the question of time seems to arise. How on earth does she fit this work in? you may ask, and Why?

It’s  simple enough really, how I make it all work. It’s because I want to.

But volunteering for Tea People isn’t about the fantastic opportunities I get to try different teas, or the fact that I’m able to follow along with the day-to-day growth of this small but mighty Social Enterprise. What makes me find the time (and it is only a few hours a week, truth be told), is the vital work that Tea People do in Darjeeling. The schools that every cuppa helps to build are the reason I asked to be a part of the organisation, and the reason I continue to make time for this work. Every child deserves an equal opportunity to succeed and I share the Tea People belief that this is only possible through equal access to quality education. We raise our mugs, together, to achieve this goal.

It also makes it quite simple to find time when Vishaka, Neeraj and the rest of the Tea People family are such genuinely lovely people.

So put together delicious tea, great colleagues and the opportunity to be part of an organisation that is making a real difference in the lives of some of the poorest children in the world and that question of time, well, disappears. Instead I find myself asking Why wouldn’t I do this

I love being a part of the Tea People family, and I hope you do too. Happy drinking everyone!

Cheers,

Anja

Apricot & Peach Iced Tea Latte

We just received our new consignment of teas from Sri Lanka. They have travelled a long way  from the tea gardens to the sea port at Colombo to Felixstowe  port in Britain and finally to us.

As we opened our teas one by one, we were overwhelmed by the beautiful aromas of the various teas wafting in the air.

Our Apricot and Peach Ceylon tea reminded us of fresh ripe fruits in  warm sunshine and since we are enjoying a rather warm and sunny spring here, we decided to create an iced tea latte with it. Milk has a way of further bringing out the peach and apricot in this tea and is highly recommended, whether you use this recipe or just want to drink the tea hot.

Apricot & Peach Iced Tea Latte

Apricot & Peach Iced Tea Latte

Ingredients:
1lt plain water
2 tbs of Tea People Apricot & Peach Ceylon tea
Vanilla syrup
Milk/ Soy milk  or almond milk
Sweetener to taste(optional)

Method
1)Boil the tea in the water until at least a quarter of the water evaporates. Strain.

2) Half fill glass with the tea and pour milk to top up.

3)Pour a spot of vanilla syrup over the tea.

4)Top up with ice cubes.

5) If required, add sweetener to taste.

6) Enjoy

Rejuvenating Matcha Ice Cream

Happy Easter Everyone! Great time to watch spring flowers underneath great big trees in the park, little leaves appear on trees, little baby animals being born and follow their mums around, time for rejuvenation! And what better way to rejuvenate yourself than with the superfood antioxidant rich healthiest powdered green tea–Matcha

Matcha is  very versatile and can be had in different forms; as a tea, in smoothies or as an ingredient to cook with. Today we share with you our very own Gillian’s recipe for Matcha Ice Cream. Hope you enjoy making and eating it. And don’t forget to share your thoughts. We’re on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Matcha Ice cream

Matcha Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1 cup of double cream
1 cup of milk ½ cup sugar
3 tablespoon Tea People  Matcha Gold
1 pinch of salt

Preparation

1) Put the cream, milk, matcha, sugar and salt and whisk them together until well combined.
2) Heat the mixture until it comes to a full boil.
3) Keep whisking until it starts to foam, then remove it from the heat.
4) Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and let it cool down.Then refrigerate the mixture until completely chilled.
5) Churn for 20-25 minutes in an ice cream maker, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. (You can do this method by hand by freezing your mixture and regularly removing the mixture from the freezer to mix it by hand, but it is more laborious).
6) Transfer into a container and freeze for at least 3 hours before serving the healthy tasty rejuvenating alternative to Easter eggs.

Our new packaging – the artist’s impressions

By Maria Amelia Randall

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Maria Randall with Tea People mural

Creating an illustration for Tea People’s packaging was a true pleasure. The task of feeling out a mood, message, and brand and trying to create something that will communicate effectively to customers as well as catch the eye and add delight and beauty to a space is exciting and stimulating. It brings together many of my interests, and was particularly satisfying because of who Tea People are and how much they care about their cause and the quality of their tea.

They are people who are passionate about their work and are using profit to invest in the education of children in tea-growing regions. That’s a message that was genuinely exciting to try to communicate through branding design.

I had already had the pleasure of tasting many of tea people’s excellent teas before becoming a part of the design project, and so once Gillian educated me a bit about what Tea People’s values are, we began to brainstorm images.

We wanted to bring their interest and value for the women into the visual design. A social message can be heavy or polarising, but I wanted the design to be bright, fun, and whimsical. After all, tea drinking is a social occasion, something to be shared as a part of conversation, hospitality, or celebration. I was initially drawn to the lines in images of hilly tea-plantations, the curves of the long rows of tea bushes as they follow the contours of the hills and valleys. My first thought was to make an stylised or abstracted image of a tea plantation, so that I could include these lines which seemed beautiful to me, and the women which were working on these plantations. But after some sketches we realised that this might emphasise the difference between these women working in far-off places and the people purchasing the tea in Britain.

After lots of conversations—and cups of tea—I settled on an illustration of women having tea parties in the different regions from which Tea People sources their tea. I used curving lines which I had abstracted from the tea plantations that had inspired me, and included little references to the specific regions in the clothes and accessories of the women chatting over their cups of tea.

The result was hand-drawn murals which I coloured brightly. I was happy with the mood in my final illustrations–they are not ‘slick’ or corporate, and hopefully add beauty, delight, and a focus on the people to how Tea People’s brand is communicated visually. The line drawing of the mural is overlaid on bright, rich monochromes for the backgrounds of the new packaging, with the smaller coloured images of the women popping up here and there on the packages, website, and informational material. I can’t wait to hold it in my hands!

 

Ceylon Green Mojito Recipe

By Vishaka Agarwal, Chief Product Officer, Tea People

With cold and dark wintry days behind us, it’s time to say hello to some warmth and sunshine, and how better to do that than raising a glass of some yummy non-alcoholic iced tea. Here’s our first in the series – a Ceylon Green Mojito recipe.

Ceylon Green Mohito

Ingredients
1lt plain water
2 tablespoons Tea People Ceylon Green Tea
Lime juice
Fresh mint leaves and lime to garnish
Agave nectar or any other sweetener to taste

Preparation

1) Combine the tea and the cold water in a large pitcher.

2) Cover and let it steep for at least 8 hours.

3) Strain the tea.

4) Serve over ice with fresh mint and lime juice to taste.

5) For those with a slight sweet tooth, add agave nectar/sweetener to taste.

6) Enjoy the refreshing taste of this amazing alcohol free drink.

Click here to buy Tea People Ceylon Green Tea.

Creation of our new “Social Enterprise” Packaging

By Neeraj Agarwal

For the last few months we have been working on an exciting new project – our retail packaging! When we designed our first packaging a couple of years back, our priority was to come up with something that had low initial cost, kept the tea fresh and was easy to send by post. We hence decided to go for foil-lined kraft paper bags with zip-lock. They were readily available and all we had to do was design some labels.

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Our initial packaging

This worked well and our brightly coloured labels attracted a lot of attention at the various events that we went to. At the same time, the kraft paper bag communicated the artisan element of the business. However, as we went to more events and bigger trade shows, we started to receive a lot of interest from shops and retailers who were keen stock our teas. Based on all the feedback we got, we decided it was now time for us to move to new packaging – one that would gain us that prized place on the retail shelves.

We had a lot of different ideas for the new packaging, but the key challenges for us were to retain the bright modern look and the artisan element of our business while being able to compete with the more established products on the shelf. Also, all the feedback we had received, suggested that we needed to be a bit more vocal in communicating our social objectives.

The three of us, i.e. Gillian, Vishaka and I started to do some brainstorming and develop the initial concept when Gillian introduced the team to Maria Amelia Randall, a local barista at a cafe in St Andrews and a self-taught artist. Maria was passionate about art and was keen to make a break into the world of professional design and illustration. We liked her work and decided to give her a chance which she gladly took and came up with the most amazing mural of hand drawn sketches which narrated the Tea People story in a way it had never been done before. We immediately fell in love with it and decided to use the mural as a base for our new packaging. You can read about Maria’s journey and her reflections on creating the mural by clicking here.

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 Tea People artwork by Marial Randall

Led by our very own Creative Director Gillian, the new packaging started to take shape. The next bit of the puzzle was to find a packaging company that could translate our ideas into a final product. I ventured out to the Packaging Innovations show at the NEC and met the lovely folks from an Italian packaging company that seemed to perfectly understand our requirements. Working with them turned out to be an absolute pleasure as they were very supportive, extremely professional in their approach at the same time very flexible and provided us with a quick turn-around.

We have just received all the boxes from them and are now getting the first batch ready to be premiered at the VegFest in Brighton on the 28th and 29th of March. The new packaging comes in 5 attractive pastel shades that stand out in a crowd, each to differentiate the different category of teas within. Our pride in our product is evident by the transparent window on the side through which the beautiful tea leaves can be viewed. The front of the package features our much loved logo containing tea leaves and a bud, shaped in the form of angel wings and the flame of knowledge in the middle.

In order to highlight our being a social enterprise we have put in the images of students we support, the official ‘Buy Social’ logo of the Social Enterprise UK of which we are a member, and a short write up about our social commitment at the back.

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 Our new packaging

For more information or to stock Tea People tea contact:
info@teapeople.co.uk Tel: +44 (0) 7818035518
Visit our website at www.teapeople.co.uk

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

By Anja Nielsen, Volunteer at Tea People

I love my mum.

She’s a beautiful, wonderful, strong, and incredibly wonderful woman. I love my dad too of course, but as it’s Mother’s Day, I’ll focus on the woman who gave me life.

And I suppose that is where this all began, with my mother giving birth to me. Nine pound little (well, actually rather large) me, with all the screaming and the crying that a good old fashioned birth brings. Except that I came out quite quickly; my parents always joke that I popped out just in time for tea. Even then, I knew the importance of a good cuppa in the afternoon.

But my birth is far from where my mother’s role ended. In fact, it grew and expanded, and continues to do so now (even as she lives an ocean away). My mum is my rock, my foundation. She’s the shoulder that will always take my tears, she’s the laugh that will always join me in celebration. And, increasingly, I get to fulfill a bit of that role for her as well. As I mature, so does our relationship, to the point where I can start to return her ever-ready support.

Today I raise my mug to my mother, and to all the mothers out there; the hard-workers, the nappy-changers, the 24/7 on-call emergency services. The women who are there through thick and thin and who can always find that shoe you’re missing, just in time to get you to school. I salute you, ladies, and I hope to one day be just like you.

A big thank you to my, and every, mother from the Tea People family. You make this world the wonderful place that it is.

Lots of love,

Anja and the Tea People family

Anja mum

WoW! Here we come…

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In the Tea People family, we are all about empowerment, togetherness, and celebrating the wonderful things the world has to offer.

That is why we are so excited to join, for the second year in a row, the WoW – Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre in London this March. We will be celebrating all of the wonderful achievements of women and girls around the world; uniting with speakers, musicians, performers, other vendors and people just like you!

While the festival will be a very joyous event, it will also be a chance to take a good hard look at the challenges that still face women and girls today, and work together to figure out solutions to these obstacles. Through our work in Darjeeling, we are aware of the many issues still facing women and girls, but are keen to celebrate and unlock all of the talent the world has to offer.

We’ll also, of course, be sharing our lovely tea! We’ve recently had some new consignments of Japanese and Darjeeling teas that we will be exhibiting, as well as a number of our classic flavours and unique combinations that will hopefully add to the celebrations.

If you can, do join us from the 6th to the 8th of March to meet our Tea People family and show your support of women and girls everywhere. We are one united, beautiful, empowered family here on earth, and this will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the sisterhood we have. At the same time, you can try and buy some lovely tea. It’s a win/ win situation!

More information about the festival can be found at http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/wow-women-of-the-world-festival. For details of our stall, email info@teapeople.co.uk.

We hope to see you there! 

Neeraj at WOW LdnImage from WoW Festival 2014