Follow along with our 2022 Advent Calendar
Comins Tea House
by Michelle Comins
1M ago
We have had many messages from tea lovers who are following our Advent videos on Instagram asking for a list of the teas we are enjoying [& who would like to purchase some tea to taste along with].  So here you go! . Join Michelle everyday up to the 24th December on Instagram at 7am to enjoy a moment of calm & connection at what can be a very busy time of year .     ..read more
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The Comins 2022 Christmas Gift Guide
Comins Tea House
by Michelle Comins
1M ago
WOW! It's December already & in these beautifully dark winter days tea is a most necessary companion!  We have started to receive emails asking for our recommendations for gifting this Christmas - so here we offer you our Comins guide to feeling calm & connected [through tea] this Christmas.  We also include our opening times through to the new year [yes...this year we are open in Bath between Christmas & New Year & also open in Dorset on SATURDAY 17th December] as well ..read more
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Exploring the diversity of Taiwanese Tea : Blog 3 : Oolong Tea
Comins Tea House
by Michelle Comins
2M ago
Through a series of blogs based around the recent visit of our friend & partner Philip from Taiwan [which was fabulous and we are so grateful for] we are excited to share more about our collection of Taiwanese teas.  In this 3rd blog [you can find the first blog on white tea here & you can read the second blog on green tea here] we are taking a closer look at one of some of the most intriguing teas in our collection : Taiwanese Oolong Tea. Our aim, as was Philip's in making his visit to us, is to bring ..read more
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Exploring the diversity of Taiwanese Tea : Blog 2 : Green Tea
Comins Tea House
by Michelle Comins
4M ago
Through a series of blogs based around the recent visit of our friend & partner Philip from Taiwan [which was fabulous and we are so grateful for] we are excited to share more about our collection of Taiwanese teas.  In this 2nd blog [you can find the first blog here] we are taking a closer look at one of our favourite Taiwanese green teas : Taiwan Bi Luo Chun.  . Our aim, as was Philip's in making his visit to us, is to bring Taiwanese tea to the world, make the teas, their stories & the island more well known & of course encourage ..read more
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Exploring the diversity of Taiwanese Tea: Blog 1 : White tea
Comins Tea House
by Michelle Comins
4M ago
Tea : the perfect way to explore the diversity of Taiwanese culture.  How to explore?  Through your senses of course  - through your taste & sense of smell you will experience the diversity of what the taiwanese culture is all about.  Lets put the kettle on : through a series of blogs based around the recent visit of our friend & partner Philip from Taiwan [which was fabulous and we are so grateful for] we are excited to share more about our collection of Taiwanese teas.  You can expect information about some of our most popular teas intertwined ..read more
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Darjeeling 2022 : Building biodiversity into monoculture : Nuxalbari Tea Estate
Comins Tea House
by Michelle Comins
5M ago
Welcome to the fourth in a series of blogs from our Spring/Summer trip to Darjeeling : you can find the first three here : Blog 1 :  'A new side to Darjeeling : Tunglabong' and Blog 2 : 'The rise of a new generation : Burbung Busty'; Blog 3 : Darjeeling 2022 : Onwards to Poobong & the sweetest green tea . This blog finds us at Nuxalbari Tea Estate in the Dooars a place Michelle last visited in 2018.  We have shared stories from Nuxalbari before in our book and also on the blog.  For this bog we are specifically looking at the question : can biodivers ..read more
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Darjeeling 2022 : Onwards to Poobong & the sweetest green tea
Comins Tea House
by Michelle Comins
6M ago
This is the third in a series of blogs from our Spring/Summer trip to Darjeeling : you can find the first two here : Blog 1 :  'A new side to Darjeeling : Tunglabong' and Blog 2 : 'The rise of a new generation : Burbung Busty'  . This blog finds us leaving Burbung Busty and heading down into the misty landscape of Poobong just below Ghoom.  This is an area we were to revisit later in the trip but for now we were here to meet Aswrita who is not only a wonderful human and tea maker but also a partner of Rajiv who we met in our previous blog  We know that Rajiv ..read more
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The rise of a new generation : Burbung Busty
Comins Tea House
by Michelle Comins
7M ago
One of the key motivations for our trip to Darjeeling was to visit the small growers of Darjeeling, understand their work and see first hand how the landscape of tea in this famous region is changing.  . Michelle : We were heading to Burbung Busty near Kurseong to meet Rajiv, his brother Anurag and their family who have set up a small tea processing unit making black green & white teas.  Rajiv is a hugely experienced tea maker with a career in a number of larger gardens [Ambootia, Nuxalbari] under his belt. Motivated to ensure buyers get good teas at ..read more
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A new side to Darjeeling : Tunglabong
Comins Tea House
by Michelle Comins
7M ago
A new side to Darjeeling : Tunglabong __________________________________________ Welcome to our blog!  This is the first in a series of blogs sharing insight from our month long 2022 trip to Darjeeling where we were visiting many of the smallholder communities across the hills; we hope you enjoy the read! __________________________________________ Michelle : We were staying in Tunglabong the Lepcha name for the village meaning ‘Tapioka.’ - the plant that was abundant here in the early days of settlement.  This is Lepcha country - the Lepch ..read more
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Tea Travels : Spring 2022 : A month in Darjeeling
Comins Tea House
by Michelle Comins
9M ago
Here at Comins we are starting to receive and enjoy new teas from the new season - we are excited to share a few of these below.  We are also preparing for our first tea trip for several years.  . On 23rd May we will travel to Darjeeling for a month - taking the whole family with us.  If you know us then you know that for us Darjeeling is a very special place both personally & professionally.  Many of our great tea friends in tea are in Darjeeling & since the sudden passing of Michelle's mum just before the pandemic she has wanted to return to this area a ..read more
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