The Whittard Blog

Whenever we have a moment, there’s nothing we like more than sitting with a pen and paper to hand and musing over some of our favourite things. Think of it as an ode to tea, coffee and cocoa…

23rd April 2015 by Whittard

April's Coffee of the Month: Guatemala Elephant

Guatemala Elephant is April's Coffee of the Month, making it our highlighed bean this month. We love the full bodied flavour of the medium/dark roast with notes of chocolate and honey sweetness. Read on to find out why we adore it so...

April's Coffee of the Month: Guatemala Elephant
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23rd April 2015 by Whittard

April's Tea of the Month: Jasmine Dragon Pearls

Every month put our teas to the taste test, in order to find one special brew to highlight in stores and on our website. This month, our tastebuds were drawn to the delicate Jasmine Dragon Pearls. Read on to find out more about April's Tea of the Month... 

April's Tea of the Month: Jasmine Dragon Pearls
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18th March 2015 by Whittard

Elle Holian's Tiger Earl Grey Caddy

Elle's Tiger design was the winner of our 2014 Design a Tea Caddy competition, where artists and illustrators of all levels submitted their work for the chance to printed onto a Whittard of Chelsea tea caddy! Elle's design joins Rhian's Floral Caddy and Iona's Elephant Caddy to create our Limited Edition range. You can buy Elle's caddy here or in selected Whittard of Chelsea stores. Read on to find out about Elle's design background and inspiration...

Elle Holian's Tiger Earl Grey Caddy
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18th March 2015 by Whittard

Iona Reid-Dalglish's Elephant English Breakfast Caddy

Iona Reid-Dalglish's Elephant English Breakfast Caddy is part of our Limited Edition Designer Caddy range. The Design was created for our 2014 Design a Tea Caddy competition and the winning caddies came to life this year. You can buy Iona's caddy online here or in selected Whittard of Chelsea stores. 

We met with Iona last week and she answered a couple of questions about her design and the story behind the creation. We also indulged in a Tea Tasting Experience at our Regent Street St James store, where the winners tasted a variety of teas accompanied by the perfect sweet treat. Read more to find out...

Iona Reid-Dalglish's Elephant English Breakfast Caddy
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18th March 2015 by Whittard

Rhian Beynon's Tropical Afternoon Tea Caddy

Rhian Beynon's Tropical Afternoon Tea Caddy is part of our Limited Edition Designer Caddy range. Rhian created the design for our 2014 Design a Tea Caddy competition and the creation came to life this year. You can buy Rhian's caddy online here or in selected Whittard of Chelsea stores.

We met with Rhian last week and asked her to answer a few questions about her beautiful design. We also indulged in a Tea Tasting Experience at our Regent Street St James store, where the winners tasted a variety of teas accompanied by the perfect sweet treat. Read more to find out about Rhian's inspiration behing the design...

Rhian Beynon's Tropical Afternoon Tea Caddy
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17th March 2015 by Whittard

Meeting the winners of our Design a Tea Caddy competition!

Last week, we met with the winners of our 2014 Design a Tea Caddy competition in our Regent Street store. We invited the winners to spend the morning with us, see their tea caddy designs in print and on display in store, followed by a Tea Tasting Experience at our Regent Street St James Tea Bar. Find out more... 

Meeting the winners of our Design a Tea Caddy competition!
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5th March 2015 by Whittard

March's Coffee of the Month: Dominican Republic

March's Coffee of the Month is a wonderful combination of fruit flavours, with a seductive hint of chocolate, followed by a delicate nutty aftertaste. The flavours come from the balmy, humid climate and limestone-rich soil of the Dominican Republic's Constanza Valley.

March's Coffee of the Month: Dominican Republic
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4th March 2015 by Whittard

March's Tea of the Month: Silver Needle

The extraordinary Silver Needle is our Tea of the Month here at Whittard of Chelsea. Legend states, that the barely open buds of the tea leaf are plucked using golden scissors, under the light of a full moon... The legend adds to the theatre around the tea, while perhaps not entirely true, we do love the storytelling element of this sought-after cuppa.

March's Tea of the Month: Silver Needle
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22nd September 2014 by Whittard

Bring Out Your Inner Barista with Our Coffee Knowledge Quiz

UPDATE 13/10/2014: This competition has now closed and winners have been chosen.

How good is your coffee knowledge? Think you have what it takes to become a true connoisseur? Bring out your inner Barista and be in with a chance of winning fantastic coffeesequipment and ceramics from Whittard in our weekly prize draws.

Bring Out Your Inner Barista with Our Coffee Knowledge Quiz
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29th April 2014 by Whittard

First Flush Darjeeling – Worth the Wait

Each year, waiting for the first flush to happen can be nerve-wracking…the local weather conditions have a huge impact on when the tea can be picked and it's difficult to predict when picking can begin. 

This year, 2014, there has been a dry spell in the Himalayas, and rain has been in low supply meaning that the tea plants have flushed very late.  Whilst we don’t know definite figures yet, production in March was down 20-30% and first pickings at Margaret’s Hope and Okayti have started 2 weeks later than we expected.

Despite the delay, the tea that will be produced will still be high quality as slow growth in tea plants is actually a good thing – leading to a higher level of amino acids, and a characteristic sweetness in the plants.  Providing the temperature stays low which it is at the moment, we expect to have an outstanding crop.

It's definitely going to be worth the wait ... so keep watching for news of the arrival of our 2014 First Flush. 

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