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Have you met our tea hunter?

11 Mar

At the end of last year, I had a lovely visit from Jess Salter, a journalist for The Telegraph. Over afternoon tea and a pot or three of Mr Shao’s green tea we nattered about all kinds of things: growing up – unknowingly down the road from each other – in Yorkshire, tea, business, my love of flavour and aroma and more! And it was fantastic to read Jess’ article recently featured in The Telegraph’s weekend magazine regular Word of Mouth feature. Read more here >>>

Kate Gover: tea hunter

Kate Gover: tea hunter

 

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A fantastic start to 2013: Sri Lankan tea travels

8 Jan

I hope you new year has got off to a cracking start! I love starting the year by reflecting on the last.

2012 was fun-filled and jam-packed to say the least! As a business, we grew by more than a whopping 200%! It was a year of fun, a little stress, not a lot of sleep, steep learning curves and quick thinking! This didn’t give me much time to enjoy some of the things I used to have plenty of time to do – traveling, tasting, discovering, relaxing!

But after a relaxing, friends and family filled Christmas break, I have enjoyed a lovely steady, slow paced venture back into the world of tea and fuelled by pots of nutty buckwheat tea Sobacha, as part of Lahloo’s herbal therapy month, I have been planning for what is going to be an exciting year ahead!

With a brilliant team helping me at both Lahloo Tea and at our tea store, Lahloo Pantry, I’m taking advantage of some space to rediscover those things that make me tick. And I’m starting with an exciting trip to southern Sri Lanka.

I’ve been flicking through my go-to (and fellow South West company) travel companion, i-escapes, for tips and I can’t wait! I’m so looking forward to the colours – the turquoise sea, blue sky, green tea hills, golden beaches, vibrant food markets and saris – the people, their culture, the tastes and the aromas!  A feast for the senses!

Sri Lanka

The people (courtesy of http://www.i-escape.com/sri-lanka)

Sri Lanka

The tea (courtesy of http://www.i-escape.com/sri-lanka)

Not only will I experience Sri Lanka’s gems, I will be visiting the garden who make our’s and Tom Herbert’s favourite cinnamon-smoked version of lapsang souchong tea – Smoky – and other amazing artisans to hunt out new herbal infusions and maybe another tea to bring back.

Now, that’s what I call a cracking start to 2013,  here’s to more to come! What about you, I’d love to hear what you’re looking forward to this year?

Kate

Sssh…here’s a sneak preview of our new store frontage!

19 Sep

Unbelievably, it’s just under 3 weeks to go until we open the doors to our very unique tea rooms and store In Clifton Village, Bristol. Here’s our first image of what our store front will look like. It’s great to see Kate’s dreams coming to life. There’s still a lot to do but the builders assure Kate that they are right on track for us to open on Friday 7th October!

pantry frontageVery very exciting indeed!

PS don’t forget to enter our WIN TEA FOR A YEAR COMPETITION HERE

Ssshh…Lahloo news

12 Sep

Lahloo logo

Hello!

So do you like our new logo? I hope you’re well and that you enjoyed a lovely summer. I’d like to thank you for your continued support of Lahloo Tea and for really getting behind what I have been trying to achieve. It makes a real difference to us to have such wonderfully supportive customers.

We’ve had a busy summer working on some very exciting developments here at Lahloo. This is your sneak preview of everything we’ve been beavering away on over the summer! Lucky people!

I remember September as a little girl. Lots of excitement because I got to choose new shoes (every girls dream)! Well, this September I feel strangely similar. But instead of new shoes for me, this year it’s a new look, fresh feel and even a new home for Lahloo!

New Lahloo home

This is 12 Kings Road, Clifton, Bristol – Lahloo’s new home.  From the beginning of October (if those builders get cracking) we will be moving from our base in central Bristol to our first Lahloo concept tea store in Bristol’s beautiful Clifton village.  The Lahloo Pantry is a huge, and very exciting, step for us and one I see as a real opportunity to bring the true artisanal side of Lahloo to life.

Grandpa

We have some really exciting new teas, producers and tea ware coming your way. This is one of our new producers – the oldest tea farmer in the world – 111 year old Arthur Njuguna Komo! If the tea is behind his youthful looks, I’m making it my daily cuppa!

Just think of us as the same old Lahloo just a little bit better! It’s like starting a new school; so exciting but also a little bit scary! I hope that you will follow our progress here and like the results of our labour when we’re done!

Thanks again and keep drinking Lahloo Tea,

Kate x  x (Lahloo founder)

Fancy a new job where drinking lots of tea is a prerequisite?

12 Sep

Tea

That got your attention! Well, we are recruiting. Come and join the good ship Lahloo!

As you may have seen in our latest blogs, newsletters and tweets, we are opening our very first tea store here in Bristol in October this year (2011). The Lahloo Pantry is a huge but very exciting step for us. And to help us make it a roaring success we are looking for fabulous people with a love of food retail and hospitality and a real understanding of exceptional customer service to join us.

If that’s you, email Kate by September 19th and tell her why you would like to join the team. Tell her what experience you have and also what you think you could bring to the team. We like to have fun and of course drink lots of tea but most of all we love sharing our infectious passion for amazing tea with everyone out there.

We have different positions available, both full-time and part-time, and in all sorts of areas. So if you think you’d make a cracking store manager, supervisor or indeed the best infusionist in the land (well, we don’t need baristas we do need people who will learn how to serve the finest cup of tea in Bristol), then please don’t delay.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Win tea for a year!

12 Sep

haiku

To celebrate our news, we’re giving you the chance to win tea for a year! Yeap, a whole year of tea drinking on us! To enter simply befriend us on facebook. Click ‘like’ on the right of this page.
Good luck!

Win Bottle Green Goodies

28 Jul
Bottle Green
Lahloo loves the summer! Any excuse to relax, kick back and forget about any worries and cares!  It’s even better with a nice chilled drink in one hand and a crackin’ book in the other. Heavenly!
Now with that said (without meaning to gripe and complain), it is notoriously difficult to rely on the British weather. So, even if the sun hasn’t got his hat on (and he has his brolly out instead) why not enter our competition. It may help to brighten the gloomiest of days!
Lahloo has teamed up with the lovely folk at Bottle Green to offer you the chance to win a delicious Bottlegreen hamper.
We know what a creative bunch you all are and are frequently surprised by your new tasty ways to use Lahloo tea. So, we want to put your skills to the test and have set you a little challenge!  All we ask is for you to come up with a tea-tastic drinks recipe combining Lahloo tea and any Bottlegreen cordial.
Need some inspiration? Try our iced-tea tipple for size!  So, don your thinking caps, get your taste buds prepped, get experimenting and send us your recipes. All you have to do is scribble it down and email it to us here.  We will pick the one we love most and let you know if you have won.
We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Have fun Lahloo-ers!
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