April's SourcedBox features a magical trio of teas from We Are Tea, Sencha green, English breakfast and peppermint. 

Sweet dreams are made of tea

We Are Tea began way back in 2006, in a teashop, in a back street of Budapest. Our founders Spence and Suze were on holiday, albeit not the most relaxing one as Suze came down with a bout of pneumonia, but they stumbled upon a tea room & found respite in a cup of Moroccan mint tea. They thought “hang on, someone’s missed a trick here, why don’t we have tea shops like this back in the UK?!” Back home and a year later, our tea shop opened its doors, becoming a regular pit stop for the office workers of St Pauls. Tea lovers have come a long way since the days of chucking a dusty tea bag into a cup of hot water! So the café did well, everyone loved the tea & then disaster struck. Just as we were looking to open up a second tea shop Occupy London hit! Due to theft and vandalism the shop sadly closed. 

Hello? Is it tea you’re looking for?

Our unique beginnings as a teashop meant we were able to tweak our blends to perfection with feedback from paying customers – basically the best focus group possible. We offer a range of premium teas; black, white, green, oolongs, function-led and infusions as either loose leaf tea or whole leaf biodegradable tea bags. Whole leaf, and nothing but the leaf! Keeping the leaf whole means the leaves retain their great taste and endless health benefits. This has resulted in a top-quality brew (55 Great Taste Awards don’t lie) Whilst coffee can be one dimensional (hits you with that steep caffeine boost) teas can wake you up, calm you down and everything in between!

In the past tea has been seen as mundane and habitual, we like to do things a little differently giving tea a platform to shine. By devising tea-based g&tea cocktails and inducing serious food envy with our tea infused recipes, we are offering a fresh alternative to coffee and sugary soft drinks.

Guilt-free sipping

Beyond drinking tea, we like to put ethics at the core of our business decisions. We love our world and where possible try to give it a helping hand. Our team of 6 are taking steps to reduce our personal impact on the environment as well as the businesses (we were shocked by Blue Planet too!) We supply our cafes and restaurants with 100% compostable takeaway cups and lids – made out of sustainable forest paper with a bio-plastic lining. We are also one of the few tea brands with fully biodegradable, compostable tea bags made out of soilon, a bi product of corn starch.

We know we still have a way to go, this year is due to be a big one as we commit to our guilt-free sipping campaign by removing plastic completely from our packaging. All plastic that has ever been made still exists in the environment, a GIANT 9 billion tonnes!

Hit me with your best pot

Us Brits drink 165 million cups a day so its no surprise that we’re getting pretty excited by National Tea Day this April 21st. Watch this space for tea infused recipes, cocktails and details on where you can pick up free tea this National Tea Day!