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Tales of the Tea Trade: The secret to sourcing and enjoying the world's favourite drink

Michelle and Rob Comins



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Pavilion Books
04 June 2019
Health & wholefood cookery; Non-alcoholic beverages
Tales of the Tea Trade looks at the world of tea from a completely new perspective. Taking the reader on a fascinating journey directly into the lives of those who plant, pluck and process tea; going beyond the standard story of leaf to cup; this book offers readers a unique first-hand insight into the culture, ceremony, opportunities and threats surrounding an ancient art. Closer to home, Michelle and Rob Comins offer their perspectives on how Eastern tea rituals can find a place in our increasingly busy Western lives. Beyond this, the book explores the key ingredients that separate a 'good' from a 'great' tea, covers ethical sourcing and shows how readers can translate and recreate tea ceremonies at home.

Loose leaf tea is increasingly available in supermarkets. Most people, however, are disconnected from the origins of tea and this leaves them ill-equipped to prepare and enjoy loose leaf tea properly at home, making it seem more complicated than it is. There is also increasing interest in mainstream media around tea for health focused primarily on the chemistry of tea alongside the benefits of mindful tea preparation central to Eastern tea culture.

Chapters include A Trip Around the Tea World, the Tea Plant, Plucking, Processing and Time for Tea. This book stands alone in addressing tea from multiple expert perspectives, from tea farmers to ceramicists. Through sharing the stories and insights others have shared with them Michelle and Rob Comins hope to connect the reader with the world of tea and excite them to think of and buy tea in much the same way they do coffee and fine wines, making loose leaf tea a simple, everyday pleasure.
By:   Michelle and Rob Comins
Imprint:   Pavilion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   690g
ISBN:   9781911595229
ISBN 10:   1911595229
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   04 June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michelle and Rob Comins, co-founders of Comins Tea, a family run direct-trade tea merchants, have spent the last 10 years travelling the world sourcing fine single-estate teas for their business. Often travelling to remote corners of the world in search of tea, their travels have led them to meet and share tea, experiences and stories with many fascinating tea professionals. Their award-winning tea houses in Dorset and Bath give them unique first-hand experience of the consumer-facing side of the tea. Winner of Bath Life Awards 2017 Best Cafe, they also supply independent retailers and restaurants around the UK with their finest tea. For more information, visit their website here:

  • Winner of Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2020, Winner in the UK in the 'Tea' Category 2020

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