A week in tea #3: keeping it British, green tea and acne, the tea encyclopaedia and a tea-slurping rapper

Professor Elemental

“Fancy a cuppa?” – Professor Elemental

Hats off to UK tea blender Higher Living, whose managing director Keith Garden told the Mail on Sunday the firm has just made record profits as a result of keeping production here in Britain.

Garden says most tea blenders are outsourcing production to other countries to cut costs. But by staying here, Higher Living has managed to increase sales from £19,000 in September 2011 to £83,000 in the same month this year.

The British Empire was built on tea and, though the empire no longer exists, Britain is still regarded as the expert in blending and production,” he said.

Further afield, there was also news of more scientific studies into the health benefits of green tea.

South Korean scientists have apparently conducted two studies that suggest green tea can help treat acne. Published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, the tests show that an antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) can inhibit the production of sebum, an oily substance, which can cause acne. You can read more on the health benefits of green tea at our blog.

 Staying with Asia, an almost unnoticed (not by us, of course) announcement came out of India last week. A Dr S. Balaji, managing director of Tamil Nadu Tea Plantation Corporation Ltd, told the financial daily newspaper the Hindu Business Line that his company had brought out a tea encyclopaedia for 2012.

 According to Dr Balaji, the ‘Global Tea Digest 2012’ is “a comprehensive publication of statistics, tea glossary, tasting terminology, different grades, harmonised system of coding and chronology of important developments since 2737 BC”.

We hope they come up with something a bit more punchy when they’re devising their marketing slogans!

And finally, we came across a rather interesting blog post at the Steampunk R&D blog, which reminds us all “How To Become A Tea Duellist”. This is some kind of head-to-head challenge, which, unlike the bloody affair that is traditional duelling, involves the harmless dunking and scoffing of tea biscuits. Honest. If you don’t fancy learning about this noble art, we’d advise you to visit the blog purely for a chance to view the gigglefest that is Professor Elemental’s Cup of Brown Joy music video, which has been posted on the blog.

Happy New Year all – and if you’ve drunk too much booze and eaten too much turkey and pudding, don’t forget to visit our online tea shop to order some natural remedies from our range of loose leaf teas, blends and infusions.

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