A mug of tea or coffee is an integral part of most people’s morning routine and a tea or coffee related gift is sure to please. Food writer Helen Best-Shaw takes a look at what is on offer.
Tea was first imported into Britain in the 1660s and rapidly found a place in the nation’s heart and culture and we became known as a nation of tea drinkers. Since then coffee has probably gained an equal share of the nation’s heart. Here is my run down on great gifts for tea or coffee lovers.
TOMBO Japanese Green Tea
I love these pretty pouches of Japanese green tea sourced directly from the foothills of Mt. Fuji from Tombo. Choose from tea bags or loose tea. Perfect for someone looking to discover Japanese teas. From Tombo £5 – £6.50 a packet.
STEENBERGS JUTE BAGS OF TEA
Well known for their vast range of spices Steenbergs Organic also have a wide range of top quality organic and Fairtrade teas packed in attractive caddies. Great for people who buy Fairtrade. From Steenbergs and Wholefoods. Gift sets from £10.50.
Pukka Herbal Tea
The attractive herbal collection box from Pukka is perfect and calming for those stressful family moments over Christmas. From Holland and Barrett £2.39
Winter Tea Collection
A patriotic red, white and blue Winter Tasting selection mini caddy set from Whittards. £10.
Rare Tea collection
The rare tea subscription is a lovely present for the lover of speciality tea. Start with a teaware set of a glass teapot, tea bowl, flask and 3 tins of tea. 9 more tins are delivered throughout the year. From Rare Tea Company Teaware and subscription £120, other teas from £7 a tin.
wise owl teas
Beautifully packaged herbal and organic teas from Wise Owl teas. The Tahitian Night Night Tea will ease you into a gentle night’s sleep. Those who love to travel will appreciate the vintage maps on the packaging. From Make the Most Of £8.30
Teatulia have a range of 5 organic teas from Northern Bangladesh. The co-op supports its workers by providing them with a dairy cow, which they pay back in milk from the cow, one litre a day, keeping the rest for themselves. Perfect for those who want to support a company that is making a difference. From Holland & Barrett, Harrods, independent health and wholefood stores, £3.20 a box of 20 tea bags.
Japanese Ceremonial Matcha Kit
Indulge in a Japanese Tea Ceremony with a Japanese Ceremonial Matcha Kit containing matcha, matcha whisk & scoop as well as a hand crafted bowl. From Clearspring, £59.99.
Newby's Zodiac collection
For lovers of bling Newby's Zodiac collection includes a sensational selection of 12 luxury Newby teas in chic mini caddies, individually decorated with Swarovski star constellations for each sign of the zodiac (£110), for the more restrained, packets of the premium teas are also available. From Newby.
Roastmaster from union
With two new varying bags of coffee a month and a starter gift box the Roastmaster set from Union coffee is perfect for the serious coffee drinker who wants to explore some new flavours. From Union, £95.00 for 6 months, £185 for 12 months.
Toussaint coffee liqueur
Whittard After Dinner
Attractive After Dinner coffee canister is also perfect for refilling, for those who enjoy coffee with friends, from Whittard, £8
Selection sachets of coffee beans are perfect for occasional coffee drinkers, or those who want to try new coffees without buying a full packet, from Cherizena from £8.
Cirencester based small speciality roasters, Rave, have a wide selection of single origin beans and subscriptions, their house blend remains my favourite. From Rave, £4.20 upwards a bag, subscriptions from £19.95.
Classic Lavazza for the serial coffee drinker who needs their caffeine hit and likes a traditional Italian roast. A great stocking filler, from most supermarkets, from £3
Tea and coffee accessories
Tea growing gift set, from Do Something Delicious, £45
Alessi Gianni Jar, from John Lewis £13.50
Join the Mad Hatters Tea Party, Alice in Wonderland, from The Folio Society, £32.95.
Cafe Kiss Syrups, 7 flavours, from Amazon, around £9.50.
Hand thrown tea set by Linda Bloomfield, from Pablo Blue, £120.
Folklore coffee pot, from Wild & Wolf £19.95.
Bamboo tea & coffee scoops, from Green Tulip, £3.
Handmade Large Porcelain Coffee mugs, by Adele Stanley. From Quiirk - £20 each.
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