Journal


A guide to Chinese green tea

by Scarlett Swallow,

A simple introduction to Chinese green tea; its history, how it's grown and produced, and the different green tea varieties available.

More than just a new look

by Scarlett Swallow,

Alongside looking so much better, the new packaging for our loose tea, pyramid teabags and individually-wrapped pyramid teabags is better value, more practical and has less plastic than before. 

5 hotels we love to visit

by Scarlett Swallow,

Five of our favourite hotels around the country well worth a visit, for many more reasons than just because they offer a lovely cup of Canton.

Cheats iced tea

by Alice Evans,

For when it’s so hot you cannot possibly wait. This cheats iced tea is ready in under 5 minutes, and can be made using any of your favourite loose leaf tea.

How to make cold brew tea

by Scarlett Swallow,

Easy 3 ingredient, 3 step recipe for refreshing cold brew iced tea in just one hour. No specialist equipment needed. The recipes use Canton's most popular teas.

Canton Tea at World of Coffee Amsterdam

by Scarlett Swallow,

We’re excited to be joining Marco Beverage Systems at World of Coffee in Amsterdam this week. Our founders Jennifer and Edgar, along with Head of Tea Ali will be brewing at the Marco tea bar.

Jasmine and elderflower iced tea

by Alice Evans,

Canton Head of Tea Ali shares the recipe for her favourite iced tea in time for this week's mini heatwave. The recipe uses Canton Jasmine Pearls, and also works well with Canton Silver Needle white tea.

The perfect English Breakfast tea blend

by Alice Evans,

Alice Evans, Canton head of tea delves into the art of blending tea with a profile on our most popular tea, Canton English Breakfast.

Genmaicha and Japanese tea history

by Alice Evans,

This week I’m excited to explore more of Japanese tea, in particular Genmaicha green tea. Many of you may have heard of this classic Japanese tea as ‘Popcorn tea’.

Macha Peachu cocktail recipe

by Scarlett Swallow,

We revisit one of our favourite ways to enjoy Matcha; the Macha Peachu cocktail, as shared by leading bartender Monica Berg, of Canton partner Pollen Street Social. 

Cold brew Lemongrass and Ginger

by Edgar Thoemmes,

Vibrant, refreshing and sweet; cold brew Canton Lemongrass and Ginger for the perfect summer time drink. A favourite caffeine free recipe from Canton founder Edgar Thoemmes.

Teas of the eighteenth century English tea trade

by Alice Evans,

Markman Ellis is Professor of Eighteenth Century Studies at Queen Mary University of London. He is the editor of ‘Tea And The Tea-Table In Eighteenth-Century England', and in this guest blog, shares with us what teas were drunk in 18th Century England.

How to make the perfect cup of English Breakfast

by Scarlett Swallow,

Traditional English Breakfast is the UK’s favourite tea. It's a blend of black teas brought together to complement and balance.  Despite its name, it’s a tea that can be drunk at all times of day as a refreshing pick-me-up. It should be refreshing, smooth but invigorating, with a clean flavour and satisfying aftertaste.

Iced Matcha green tea recipe

by Alice Evans,

The sun’s out which means it’s time for iced matcha. Iced matcha with coconut milk anyone? Our simple recipe takes just a few minutes and uses just three ingredients.

Tea and caffeine - myth and truth

by Kate Popham,

We receive many queries about tea and its caffeine content. Unfortunately for the curious tea-drinker, there are innumerable myths circulating regarding tea and caffeine, usually propagated in internet forums. Nigel Melican, one of the world’s foremost tea experts, has written the definitive article on tea and caffeine.

A guide to Chinese black tea

by Scarlett Swallow,

Chinese Black Tea, known locally as Red Tea (Hong Cha), is fully-oxidised whole leaf tea. The best whole leaf Black Teas are made by hand, in contrast to the commercial CTC (crush, tear and curl) machine-made Black Teas of India, Sri Lanka and Africa that make up 95% of the world tea market.

Psychopomp x Canton

by Alice Evans,

We are so excited to introduce Canton Gin, our new collaboration with our friends Psychopomp Microdistillery. A craft gin distilled with Canton tea!

Wild teas and wild herbs from remote regions

by Alice Evans,

We love wild grown teas. From stories of tea pickers trekking up steep mountains for a single harvest, to abandoned tea farms left to grow untamed for decades.

Nepali tea. History and the Jun Chiyabari garden

by Alice Evans,

Traditionally, when asked to list the main tea producing countries of the world, Nepal doesn’t automatically come to mind. In fact, Nepal has been producing tea for years and you may not have even realised you were drinking it.

Three tips for storing tea

by Alice Evans,

Ali Evans, Canton's Head of Tea, shares her tips on how to store tea in the food service environment.

The best gluten free bakery in London?

by Scarlett Swallow,

Since 2015, Beyond Bread has been leading the way as a bakery in the heart of London where their goodies are fresh, satisfying and entirely gluten free.

Where to buy Canton tea to enjoy at home

by Scarlett Swallow,

If you know us and love our tea, you can buy all your Canton favourites online from Amazon and a few independent partners. You'll find exactly the same, high grade teas in striking packaging, decent sizes and at very reasonable prices.

The most sought-after Japanese green tea?

by Kate Popham,

In Kate’s second blog from the Obubu farm, she tells us about one of the most sought-after Japanese green teas – shaded Sencha. How is it grown? And why is it so special? Let’s find out…

The season, flush and flavour of Darjeeling

by Alice Evans,

The unique flavour of a Darjeeling tea is often described as a ‘Muscatel’ but the flavours vary with the season – and it is the plucking period that defines the season. There are four harvests a year in India: First, Second, Monsoon and Autumn each producing teas with different characteristics.

Obubu Tea garden

by Kate Popham,

The story of Obubu starts with its founder and lead farmer, Akihiro Kita, or “Akky”. Akky is the dancing wonder of Obubu. A tiny Japanese man who looks so unassuming but can lift 100kg of tea over his shoulder, and who dances round the tea fields.

Beyond fairtrade in Taiwan

by Alice Evans,

This month, I travelled with Edgar to Taiwan to seek out the very best tea for you to enjoy next season. In the first of a special series on Taiwanese tea, I've found out a typical day in the life of a tea picker and how a skill shortage is driving up their wages. 

Ethical and responsible sourcing of tea

by Kate Popham,

Last year 40 million kilograms of “Darjeeling tea” was sold worldwide. But here is a fact: Darjeeling’s yearly production is 8 to 9 million kilograms of tea. Something is definitely afoot here. We headed to Darjeeling to investigate.

Open Weave Tea House

by Alice Evans,

Last Summer, we were invited by The Japan Society and Japan House, to give a Genmaicha tasting at the Tanabata Festival. It was here we discovered the beautiful installation of an open weave tea room designed by a renowned Japanese architect.

From poppies to roses

by Alice Evans,

Until the late 1970s the Lalehzar Valley in Iran was a difficult place to make a living. Farmers grew subsistence crops and supplemented their income by growing opium poppies illegally for heroin production – the arid climate is suitable for little else.

The tea that began it all: Pouchong

by Jennifer Wood,

Just why did we start a specialist tea company 10 years ago? In the teeth of competition from giant corporations, when the profound disinterest of the food service sector meant loose leaf, green tea stood for hassle and health nuts. So why did we do it?