As Great Britons, we certainly take tea seriously. And we understand that no two cups are the same. At Typhoo, we like to celebrate the individuality of tea, and explore all the unique quirks and routines that our Great British public take on when preparing their most memorable cups of tea.
Every tea lover will admit that there is a very specific method of brewing, serving and enjoying their ultimate cup of tea.
We invite you to get in touch to let us know how you take yours…
Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is thought to have introduced Afternoon Tea to England in the 18th Century. Her main meals consisted of breakfast, dinner and a very light luncheon at midday but this left her a little hungry in the afternoons. She developed the habit of taking an additional meal at 5pm in her rooms at Belvoir Castle. The Duchess invited her friends to share her afternoon enjoyment of sandwiches, small cakes, tarts and biscuits, all to be partaken with a drink of tea. Soon, the growing middle classes were to imitate the rich and found that tea was an economical way of entertaining several friends. Afternoon tea quickly became the norm.
Thanks Anna for introducing us to the joy of tea with cake and friends!
Typhoo Tea has long been a vital ingredient in British soldier’s ration packs. From the start of WW1, it has been considered a familiar home comfort and it was also recognised by Medical Professionals as beneficial to health for weak nerves, indigestion and Gastritis.
The British Army received biscuits (made from salt, flour and water – often likened to dog biscuits by the long-suffering troops) produced under government contract by Huntley & Palmers, which in 1914 was the world’s largest biscuit manufacturer. The notoriously hard biscuits could crack teeth if they were not first soaked in tea or water.
We are humbled to think that our war heroes were able to enjoy Typhoo Tea throughout the war, keeping Britain strong and bringing us the famous dunking biscuit!