Tea with Mary Kate was looking for help to further explore the fascinating world that is Tea.
Having found Northern Tea Merchants on the Web, Tea with Mary Kate enthusiastically accepted owner James Pogson generous offer of an invitation for a day of tea tasting.
James is keen to dissolve some of the myths that surround tea, and what he considers dubious tea descriptions.
The owner of Northern Tea Merchants seeks to educate and demystify. A new generation of Tea man, James recognises that the world has changed from the days when his grandfather used to personally deliver to customer’s in the Chesterfield area. The company is still located there, but now has a Web presence, with James interested in controlling as much of the process as possible from tea plantation to cup.
Tea with Mary Kate visits Northern Tea Merchants and learns how to assess the quality of Tea from enthusiastic Owner James Pogson
James discusses the various teas we are to taste, and how to assess quality. The aroma of the dry leaf, the appearance of the wet leaf, the look of the liquor are all important. There’s so much more to tea that English Breakfast and Earl Grey! I think James is on the right track here in providing more guidance to demystify tea. Helping his customers make an informed choice will not only support expanding their choice but increase understanding about different types of tea. In this short video, James demonstrates how to assess the quality of tea. Do click the HD button off if the video is a bit jittery for you…..
Tea with Mary Kate was enchanted and quite honestly overwhelmed by her visit to Northern Tea Merchants.
James generously shared his time, experience and insight into tea quality and pricing. Even though we spent the entire day there, I was left wishing we had more time, it was such a fantastic day. Tea With Mary Kate has a renewed enthusiasm for expanding her tea repertoire and developing her tea palate, and is very grateful to James for his time, his enthusiasm, and sharing his knowledge and passion for Tea.
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