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Interview with Edgar Thoemmes from Canton Tea Co.

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Last week I tasted 5 wonderful Teas from the Canton Tea Co. They were all of exceptional quality and each tea had it´s own ´strong personality´. It was a very good way to relax and to experience new smells and tastes.

In this context, we interviewed Edgar Thoemmes, director of the Canton Tea Co.  In this interview, Edgar tells us a bit about himself and also about Canton Tea Co.

M&T. Can you describe how Tea makes you feel in one word? Edgar. Focused

M&T. Do you have a Favourite Tea? 

Edgar. I tend to fix on a specific tea and then move on to another – at the moment it’s the Aged Long Juan Tie Guan Yin.

M&T. What is a perfect cup of Tea? 

Edgar. The one I make

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M&T. Can you tell us about your story with Tea?

Edgar. Got into it through working with friends who had just started the company. I came from a corporate banking background with a keen interest in all things foodie – and this fine Chinese tea just captured me instantly. I was blown away by the range of flavours, the history, culture and stories surrounding each one. Also the incredible parallels with wine – another passion of mine. I love how the terroir affects the flavour of every tea – how good, raw puerh can be put down to age, how many different subtleties there are in the fragrances, flavours and after-taste of each tea from each garden – and the age-old tradition and skill that goes into producing every one.

M&T. Which has been the most wonderful Tea plantation you have been?

Edgar. Mr Xu’s farm in Wen Shan – high up in the mountains of Taiwan has breath-taking views of thickly wooded hills and a lake far below. The Pouchong he produces is one of my favourite teas – always easy to brew, bright, floral and incredibly refreshing. I drink a lot of it iced during the summer.

M&T. What can you tell us about Canton Tea Co?

Edgar. We set out to be the UK’s foremost China tea specialist. After 4 years we can unreservedly make that claim because there’s no one else around with the range and quality of teas that we have. We focus on the provenance of the tea and we spend a lot of time educating people about tea. That may sound a little obsessive – it probably is. We give talks, presentations, tastings, workshops and training sessions to our trade customers. We’ve rapidly grown from a kitchen table start-up to a fully-fledged operation in Bristol. Our buying partners live in Guangzhou and have fantastic links to the traditional tea farms where our teas come from.

M&T. Why should people buy your Teas?

Edgar. You can’t buy better in the UK. Our range is carefully chosen to include great tasting teas at reasonable prices. It’s very hard to find such good teas –  even in China.  We have a large selection so you’ll definitely find some you’ll love.  If you need further reassurance, Teaviews is a leading independent tea review website in America which consistently rates us among the top 3 best tea companies in the world – out of 231 companies.

M&T. When is your next event?

Edgar. We hold regular talks and tea tastings at Petersham Nurseries nr Richmond in Surrey. The next one is with my colleague Jennifer on Saturday 16th July. See this blog post for a list of all of our upcoming tastings

http://www.cantonteaco.com/blog/2011/06/upcoming-tea-tastings/

For more information about the Canton Tea Co, please go to their website. I highly recommend their Teas! http://www.cantonteaco.com/

Happy Tea Time!


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