Journal


How to brew Chinese tea

by Scarlett Swallow,

Ultimately, the only rule when brewing tea is: ‘If you like it, it’s very nice’. But if you're serious about tea the following are 'the' critical factors for successfully brewing fine whole leaf Chinese tea.

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.

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.

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.

How to make the perfect cup of English Breakfast

by Scarlett Swallow,

Soho House asked us to share our tips on how to make the perfect cup of tea for their latest book, Morning Noon Night: A Way of Living. In this post we reveal some of the tips we share in the book.

 

 

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. 

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.

A guide to oolong tea

by Scarlett Swallow,

Oolongs are the most diverse of all tea types, ranging in flavour from light, fruity and sweet to rich, dark and smoky.

The chemical profiles of different tea styles

by Scarlett Swallow,

Black, oolong, green and white tea all originate from the same plant, the Camellia sinensis. However, each tea style has a different look, taste and chemical content due to the way it is processed.

A guide to puerh tea

by Scarlett Swallow,

Puerh is the most coveted and controversial of all tea types because it is one of the few teas that is ‘laid down’, similar to fine wine, to improve with age.