Category Archives: Tea History

Jasmine Special – no ordinary cup of tea

What better way to revel in the season of blooming jasmines than with a beautiful cup of our Jasmine Special. As the name suggests, Jasmine Special it certainly is. Moonlit summer nights and balmy autumn evenings are captured in every sip of this fragrant tea as the thought of a delicious breeze carrying the sweet perfume […]

Tea Pairings for a Lunar New Year’s Feast

An auspicious occasion for many, the Lunar New Year is a time for celebrating the possibilities of good fortune and good health for the coming year. Food plays a large role in these celebrations as it represents health, abundance, and prosperity. As such, banquets with an array of delicacies that represent various means of good […]

Flavoured Teas — an Ideal Introduction to Tea

Although it may be hard to believe, not everyone is completely sold on the taste of tea. Yet so often at The Tea Centre we have non-tea-drinking visitors pop into our stores to inhale the heavenly aromas that emanate from our tins and audibly wish they enjoyed drinking tea. In most instances, the taste of […]

Ethical Teas

These days buying our regular groceries can become a little confusing when we are searching for the most ethical and sustainable products. For many of us, it is about knowing that those who produce the goods that we purchase are being treated and remunerated fairly. At The Tea Centre, we believe in ethically produced teas […]

History Behind The Tea Centre and the Last 21 Years!

The Tea Centre: tea-ming with memories 21 years ago, on the 1st of September 1993, a little tea shop opened on Glenmore Road, just off Oxford Street, in Paddington, Sydney.  Originally called The Tea Centre of Sydney, this concept store was merely the beginning of an extraordinary movement to convert the Australian public’s perception of […]

Green Tea

The Tea is Always Greener on the Other Side Our western diets can get the better of us as we consume processed foods in a bid to save time. But searching for products that are beneficial and inexpensive can also be a tedious exercise. Why not look to our eastern counterparts for inspiration in looking […]

Reading Tea Leaves

Reading tea leaves or tasseography dates back to the seventeenth century not long after the introduction of tea to Europe. The basic idea of tea leaf reading is to interpret the leaves left in the bottom of the cup as symbols with different meanings. There is a procedure you follow to read your tea leaves, […]

Darjeeling ‘Champagne of Teas’

In 1778 Sir Joseph Banks suggested that Northern India may be a suitable place for the British to grow tea plants, Camellia sinensis. It took many years and various attempts to convince the Botanical Gardens of Calcutta (today known as Kolkata) that tea could and was already growing in North Eastern India. In fact, Christmas […]

My Latest Trip to India – by David Lyons

By David Lyons During late January and leading into early February, I was once again privileged to be back in India visiting areas that pluck at my heart strings: Assam, Darjeeling and Sikkim. This time I was able to spend more time investigating and understanding the tea trade, especial y in Assam, the world’s largest […]

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