My love of loose tea (I drank raspberry leaf tea throughout both my pregnancies), the oriental culture and all their wonderful teapots and china remained with me and I knew that at some point I wanted to share them with everyone. The fire was still burning…
Specialised teas started to become more popular in the UK having already established themselves in Europe. We felt perhaps it was time to introduce the tea experience, so people could enjoy specialist teas, fruit and herbal infusions.
In 2006 we opened “Sencha” the first specialist tea shop in Newcastle, against many warnings that Northerners were not ready for such a cosmopolitan venue. We offered 40 different teas, infusions and eight different flowering teas. People loved it, they loved watching the tea flowers unfold and blossom in the glass teapots. The whole experience of drinking loose leaf tea is a relaxing “Me Time” experience where customers could reflect on their lives or maybe just the events of the day.
Unfortunately, due to ill health, I was sadly forced to sell Sencha a year later, although my passion for tea remained.
It was at this time that I actually discovered tea was, in fact, very beneficial to your health and that all those claimed health benefits worked for me. It took me about eighteen months to recover in which time I drank a number of different teas which I am convinced helped me (our website will help you choose the right tea for you or email us for advice).
My passion for tea is now even stronger. It tastes good, it makes me feel good and now I truly believe it helped me get better. I wasn’t about to give up on it now. So, we decided to launch Love Leaf Tea so you can all enjoy it too.
A couple of years ago we opened Chai an amazing little tea shop offering 40 great teas, and now offering Matcha, chai and Rooibos lattes. We intend to open more so you can all drink our Great tea every day. Keep your eye out for our loveleaftea pods popping up.