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  • Writer's pictureHolly Harper

The first rumored occurrence of chocolate addiction is said to have been during the ancient Mayan civilization sometime around 400AD. The Mayans were the first to process the confection and called it 'xocoatl', from which the English term 'chocolate' is derived. Originally chocolate was consumed in beverage form, not solid form.

The invention of chocolate mousse is generally credited to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who was a famous French painter, noted lover of chocolate and fresh cream. Henri decided one day he was going to combine his favourite foods together with a bit of sugar and voilà! Chocolate mousse was born! However, it was Toulouse-Lautrec's friend, Aristide Bruant - also a chocolate lover, who gave him the idea to make a white chocolate version of his dessert invention. Toulouse agreed and thus a second mousse was made, White chocolate mousse!

Sweet, creamy, velvety, and of course chocolatey are words used to describe not only Toulouse-Lautrec's culinary inventions, but also our White Chocolate Mousse flavoured black tea! Blended with high grown Ceylon tea, real white chocolate pieces, cocoa butter, calendula and sunflower this tea is sure to please! An excellent choice as a dessert tea or just as a little pick me up during the day, you simply can't go wrong!

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Robert Fortune, he was a tea thief, scientist, botanist and a cunning man in the art of Corporate Espionage that broke the commodity monopoly on tea.

Daring and adventuresome, he was the son of a Scottish farm worker with no higher education but an acquired wealth of practical knowledge. He was hired by the British Horticulturist Society, in the mid 1800's to penetrate the wilds of deep China in search of Tea Seeds, Tea Plants. His mission also required him to learn about the closely guarded secret of cultivation, growing and manufacturing of tea. Whilst on his Sojourn to learn these secrets, he wore Mandarin attire and even a "Queue" (fake braided ponytail).

Ultimate goal of the British Horticulturist Society.......Bring Tea seeds & Tea Plants from China to be grown in India.

His quest took him to places a Westerner had never gone before.

Robert Fortune credited with breaking the Commodity monopoly on tea
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He was welcomed and trusted by an overseer of a tea facility and learned much about Chinese Tea, including plucking, drying, rolling & fermentation processes. Disguised as a wealthy Chinese Industrialist, he was able to able to garner the trust necessary to be able to acquire the much desired tea seeds and tea plants. All the tea in China could now be grown in India too, thus, Robert Fortune broke the commodity monopoly on tea.

Hanging on the wall of the factory were these words

Best Tea Must Have Creases like the leather boot of a Tartar Horseman

Curl like Dewlap of a Mighty Bullock Unfold like Mist Rising from a Ravine

Gleam like a Lake touched by a Zephyr

Be Wet & Soft like Earth Newly Swept with Rain

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red bush tea

An Evergreen Shrub native to South Africa

Native to the district of Cederberg known as "Rooibos Red Tea Bush Tea. It is the only place in the world it will grow.

It is considered a herb and has no caffeine.

The plant is cut with axes, bruised between rollers, drawing out enzymes to trigger the fermentation process.

this creates it's unique flavor & sweet aroma.

A brewed cup of Rooibos contains a wealth of nutrients & Minerals: Iron, Potassium, Calcium, Copper, Zinc, Magnesium, Fluoride &Manganese.

Our Rooibos is Estate & Ethically Grown.

Enjoy a cuppa today and find out why so many include Rooibos tea as one of their favourite herbal teas.

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