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Sample the tastes and aromas from the very best producers and roasters around the world with our exclusive tea and coffee clubs.
A truly excellent tea can be as layered and complex as a fine wine, and with a bit of practice you can learn to discern the exact origin...
We’re all about the art of the roast – the delicate process of balancing the bean’s natural flavours, causing it to change in colour, taste...
Some people count sheep to get to sleep. With 100 different teas to choose from, we’ve found a much better solution. True, our collection is huge. But you can choose to track down your tea by taste, by origin and even by number.
In 1886 our founder Walter Whittard set up his very first shop, filled floor-to-ceiling with the world’s finest tea, coffee and cocoa. Those brave new brews are now time-honoured classics and we’re still following our nose for the new…
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Qingming Festival is a traditional Chinese festival celebrated on the 4th or 5th April, named after the first day of the fifth solar term 'Qingming'.
It is an opportunity for celebrants to remember and honour their ancestors. Originating over 2,500 years ago, young and old would traditionally pray before their ancestors, sweep their tombs and offer favourite foods, paper (representing money) and wine as a sacrifice, to be burned in the hope that the deceased would not lack for food and money. Nowadays, with cremation being more common, flowers and prayers are offered.
Qingming is not just a day of remembrance, it is also a day to celebrate the coming of spring, often by going out for a picnic or a family outing. The festival also has significance in Chinese tea culture since this specific day divides the fresh green teas by their picking dates. Every year early April is regarded as the best time to pick and enjoy spring tea ‘mingqiancha’. Green teas made from leaves picked before the 4th April are given the prestigious 'pre-qingming' designation which command a much higher price tag and are prized for having much lighter and subtler aromas than those picked after the festival.
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