Tea with Mary Kate believes this Nation of Tea drinkers needs to reclaim that heritage
Often you’ll hear the cry “it doesn’t taste like it used to”, and James Pogson, owner of Northern Tea Merchants is the first to concede that there has been an inevitable influence from supermarkets. But both he and his father before him are strong advocates in supporting access to an appropriate standard and quality of tea. In part II of the series for Tea with Mary Kate, James Pogson, owner of Northern Tea Merchants gives a fascinating insight into tea quality and pricing.
Tea with Mary Kate visits Northern Tea Merchants. Owner James Pogson gives a fascinating insight into tea quality and pricing
From the history of growing tea to production and terminology, ethics and the environment to biodynamics, the marvelous myths, legends and stories that surround tea, there are a quite bewildering array of topics, each multifaceted and complex. It is almost reason enough to give up before even embarking on an amazing journey that is the world of Tea. But help is at hand! One of the key elements of being a tea merchant is to assure quality. Assessing and tasting tea is a critical part of the day job, and in this short video, James demonstrates his background, insights and passion for 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.
Do look out for the next installment with James Pogson:
James Explains How to Assess the Quality of Tea