Firstly, I’d like to thank Leafy Bean Co and their Brand Consultant for giving me the opportunity to try their teas. If you follow me on Instagram you will notice a pattern in my posts; I love tea and I love reading. There is nothing better than curling up in a comfy chair with a book and a cuppa.
So, who are Leafy Bean Co? Leafy Bean Co was formed by tea lover Laura Monk back in 2017 when she became the new tenant of the cafe bar at Bowes Park Railway Station, north London.
The café bar is now the thriving heart of this north London community, not only offering the very best in teas, coffees and snacks, but also locally sourced food and some brilliant events and classes, bringing local residents together. Sustainability is important to us, so all our packaging is recycled and we only work with partners who share our values. (sourced from Leafy Bean Co website).
Leafy Bean Co also sell loose-leaf teas and gifts online spreading the tea love to all. Leafy Bean Co are currently offering free UK postage with orders over £15.00. Please check out all Leafy Bean Co social sites to follow the tea updates from Laura and the Leafy Bean Co cheeky monkey icon.
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The first tea I was keen to try from my sample box was their Christmas blend ‘Tea’s the Season’. This is a glorious Black Tea blended perfectly with seasonal fruits and spices. Upon opening the box of tea you can smell the delicious aromas you associate with Christmas. Then once steeped in boiling water this then makes the aromas dance with delight. I inhaled the scent and once I tasted the fruits and spices came through deliciously with the black tea. Tea’s the Season is a warming, comforting drink that is perfect for now as the weather turns colder but I could also see myself drinking this blend in the summer as a cold tea. I teamed up my cuppa with a few of the latest festive reads: One More for Christmas by Sarah Morgan (you can find my review here https://kraftireader.wordpress.com/2020/10/26/one-more-for-christmas-by-sarah-morgan-sarahmorgan_-hqstories-bookreview-festiveread/, Christmas with the Teashop Girls by Elaine Everest (you can find my review here https://kraftireader.wordpress.com/2020/10/16/christmas-with-the-teashop-girls-by-elaine-everest-elaineeverest-ed_pr-panmacmillan-teashopgirlschristmas/ and I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day by Milly Johnson which I’m hoping to read in the next week or so.
The next tea I tried was ‘Pure Content-mint’ a Gunpowder Green Tea blended with peppermint and spearmint leaves. I find green tea a perfect drink to savour in the afternoon and with this blend of green and mint leaves it was refreshing and had a brightness to it’s taste which would be also ideal as an alternative breakfast drink to your usual black tea. I’ve teamed this drink with a book I have just recently read. The green mint tea and the mint plant were significant to Su Young Lee’s Japanese romance: The Tokyo Bicycle Bakery (you can find my review here https://kraftireader.wordpress.com/2020/11/09/the-tokyo-bicycle-bakery-by-su-young-lee-rararesources-blogtour-bookreview-japaneseromance-indieauthor/
My next tea was ‘On a Chai High’ an Indian Assam black tea blended with spices. I’m not a huge chai drinker but this last few months I’ve started trying a few. This chai by Leafy Bean Co is spicy, warming and has that peppery, chilli hit. I always drink my tea black without milk but this could be enjoyed with or without milk. This tea made me think of the foodie cookery books enticing us with their delicious makes and bakes so I teamed it with a few of the recent food book releases: Cook Slow Light & Healthy by Dean Edwards, Simple Comforts by Mary Berry and 7 Ways by Jamie Oliver.
I like to drink a few caffeine free blends during the day so was pleased to receive a sample of ‘Berry Nice Indeed’ and it certainly was berry nice! A richly fruited infusion blended with flowers. I always find with fruit and herbal infusions that they need a little longer time to infuse the flavours so after 5/6 minutes steeping I was left with a deep red drink that was bright and vigorous with its flavours.
My last sample to try was another green tea. I urge you that if you think you don’t like green tea then you need to try a loose-leaf variety and steep it with water at 80 degrees. If you don’t have a thermostat controlled kettle then leave your boiled water to cool in the kettle for a good 5 minutes then pour over your teabag. ‘Go Green’ by Leafy Bean Co is a Japanese Sencha Green tea that was subtly sweet, refreshing with a slight vegetative taste. I teamed this drink with my latest read: The Tearoom on the Bay by Rachel Burton, a perfect read for tea lovers.
Leafy Bean Co currently have 11 different teas for you to try sold as a box of loose-leaf tea or as a box of 15 loose-leaf filled bags. I have often found with loose-leaf tea that you can steep the bags or leaves at least twice, sometimes three times making the tea that more economical. I love loose-leaf tea as it’s drinking the tea in it’s purist format which is noted with the quality of the taste.
Leafy Bean Co have kindly sent me a pack of 4 boxes of tea to giveaway to one of my readers (sorry UK only). If you would like to win some tea please enter the giveaway link below.