News and achievements
Wow, what a fantastic few months it’s been here at Tea People!
We’ve celebrated even more awards, welcomed a game-changing new arrival on-site and been absolutely delighted to get back out on the road – spreading the word about our teas and our mission, and making some wonderful new friends along the way. So, without further ado, let’s get you up to speed on what’s been going on at Tea People since our last update …
Great Taste Awards – our first ever 3-star winner
You already know that our teas taste great but it’s always nice to make things official, isn’t it?
And last month, at the 2021 Great Taste Awards, we were delighted to add another six teas to our growing list of award-winners - taking our curr
Our brand new contemporary DHPO range has landed, here is all you need to know about this beautiful range.
They are a great way to add some minimalistic style to your kitchen, compact enough so they do not
take up anymore space than necessary and so eye-catching they will have guests wondering where
you got it.
Not only will these pieces bring some elegant style to your home, they are also made from all natural
and eco-friendly materials. Each of these products include a stainless-steel infuser to hold your
favourite loose tea, which is also an ideal way forward to being eco conscious.
Parts & Materials
Basket Infuser: Stainless Steel
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.
By Maria Amelia Randall
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.
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.
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.
The world’s largest blind-tasted food awards Great Taste, has just released the stars of 2014 and Tea People is amongst the producers celebrating, as our Choco Mint Rooibos is now able to proudly carry the little gold and black Great Taste logo.
Judged by over 400 of the most demanding palates including Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Champion, BBC Food Programme presenter Sheila Dillon, Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn, MasterChef 2013 Natalie Coleman, food buyers from Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Whole Food Markets, and chefs including Michelin Star chef Russell Brown, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.
Being a new company, this was the first time we had entered the Great Taste Awards and we are really proud of this achievement. This award now places our teas at the top 6.95% of all 10,000 top products judged and puts us at par with the finest food and drinks companies in the UK.
Great Taste is simply about taste, not clever branding or smart packaging. Judges are presented with a spoonful of jam, a pie, a slice of salami, or a cup of tea, with no wrappings, jars or marks – and they taste, confer and re-taste before making the decision on whether a product should be a 1-, 2- or 3-star winner. In total more than 12 judges will have tasted and commented on each product.