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 […]

Time for Tea Post for May – Holly Shackleton, Deputy Editor for Speciality Food Magazine

May 12th, 2015

This month we feature Holly Shackleton, deputy editor for Speciality Food Magazine. 1. What is your favourite tea to set you up for the day first thing in the morning? I’m afraid I need a bit of a push to get out of bed, and a good, punchy Assam does the job in style. However, […]

40 years on the shelf! The winner of our #oldestspice competition was… Pickling Spice from 1975

April 27th, 2015

Our recent competition to find the oldest spice in your cupboards was an illuminating competition with some fascinating entries. We knew it had to be based on something with a dateline – so we plumped for best before dates which came in, in the 1970s and 1980s. Steenbergs began 11 years ago, but in terms […]

Time for tea with Ximena Del Castro, from the Fairtrade Living blog

April 20th, 2015

Time for Tea – our regular chat with someone who cares about tea 1. What is your favourite tea to set you up for the day first thing in the morning? I have 2 young children and way too much packed into most days so I need my first tea to pack a punch… so […]