Time for Tea with Ronke Lawal, creator of www.whosfordinner.co.uk

July 28th, 2015

Time for Tea – our regular chat with someone who cares about tea – Ronke Lawal, Creator of www.whosfordinner.co.uk 1. What is your favourite tea to set you up for the day first thing in the morning? I love a normal English Breakfast tea, milk and one sugar. I have been reducing my sugar intake […]

Declining Cork Farms – The Price of Progress?

July 24th, 2015

We have just returned from a fortnight in the baking heat of Alentejo.  The temperature ranged around 35oC, reaching 40oC on a couple of melting afternoons.  But the pool was our saviour. Everywhere we looked there were cork trees, growing individually, in small groups or large plantations.  Their ancient-looking, gnarled branches seemed like witch’s fingers […]

Cinnamongate: is cinnamon safe to eat?

July 19th, 2015

We regularly get asked questions about the safety of cinnamon, e.g. “is cinnamon safe to consume?” or “how much coumarin is there in Steenbergs cinnamon?”  There’s a lot of chatter about this issue in webworld and in blogs. Because of these queries, I thought it useful to investigate the situation and find out the levels of […]

Matcha Chai Smoothie – A Morning Pick-Me-Up

July 7th, 2015

I was feeling a bit jaded this morning, so I needed a pick-me-up to kick start the morning. Rather than making myself a strong black tea, I reckoned on tweaking my Cacao Smoothie Recipe and came up with this Matcha Chai Smoothie.  It could easily have been called a M+M smoothie for Matcha and Maca […]

5 Ways with Rose Water

June 29th, 2015

For many years and in many countries, rose water has been used as a wonderful natural perfume, its gentle floral scent being used to refresh and revitalise.  Its benefits are also widely extolled as a health essential: in its diluted form as a skin toner and as a valued addition to moisturisers and body treatments. […]

Cacao Chai Smoothie – A Quick Breakfast

June 24th, 2015

This morning we made this dairy-free chocolate flavoured smoothie using almond and coconut milk. The almond butter, banana and flax seed give the smoothie body and good sources of protein and natural carbohydrates. I flavoured it with cacao powder and our chai masala mix for a warming cinnamon, cardamom and ginger.  This gave it a […]

TEA TASTER PANEL Steenbergs English Breakfast Tea & Steenbergs Jasmine Green Tea

June 17th, 2015

Many thanks to our tea taster panel who this month had the delights of tasting Steenbergs English Breakfast Tea: a strong, aromatic blend of organic Fairtrade teas from Sri Lanka and Assam, Kerala and Darjeeling in India; and Steenbergs Green Tea with Jasmine: a delicately flavoured green flower tea from China.  Two very different teas […]

What is Steenbergs’ carbon footprint?

June 5th, 2015

We seek to offset our carbon footprint so it is pretty small. For 2014, Steenbergs has purchased carbon offsets for 72 tonnes of carbon dioxide (i), up from 17 tonnes in 2013.  This has increased, because we are now retiring even more of the greenhouse gases from our business.  This is in addition to using […]

Recipe development – mother and son

May 27th, 2015

Steenbergs is very much a family business, not just Axel and Sophie and their children, but also the people who work for us find their whole family have become part of the wider Steenbergs family.  Sally Roberts, who helps with recipe development at Steenbergs, had a wonderful surprise when she was creating over the holidays… […]

What’s the carbon footprint of your cuppa?

May 19th, 2015

It depends is perhaps the best answer. It depends on what you drink and also on how you treat changes in land use. For tea, the carbon footprint is 87 g CO2 for a mug of Steenbergs black tea taken with milk. This includes the carbon footprint of brewed tea is 48 g CO2 for […]