A firm supporter of the Tea Brewers Cup concept, Oscar from Suki tea is passionate about the benefits of community cohesion and events that the industry which bring together the industry. One of the first companies to encourage businesses to take on a loose leaf tea offering, and still going from strength to strength.
Here's Suki in their own words :
Belfast’s Boutique Blender, Suki Tea, was first set up in 2005 by business partners Annie and Oscar in their quest for the perfect cuppa. After both having spent time separately travelling Asia they returned to Northern Ireland inspired with a vision to provide ethically sourced high quality loose leaf tea delivered with a ceremonial experience. The company’s efforts in ethical sourcing were highlighted in 2012 when they introduced the UK’s first Triple Certified Teas (Fairtrade, Organic and Rainforest Alliance Certified) in their blends of Earl Grey Blue Flower, Darjeeling Bannockburn, and East African Green. Still hand-packing tea in Belfast and with a close knit team of 15, over the years they have won over 30 Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Stars. The tea has been served up at cafes, restaurants, and hotels around the UK and across the world for a number of years now, lending itself to a strong fan base seeking out Suki Tea in the retail industry also.
The speciality tea industry has a bright future. Consumers should expect the more mature and established brands to develop and launch their own speciality ranges widening the choice and the smaller niche independent brands to keep leading with the higher quality products and continue with strong growth and innovation. It’s expected that good foodservice outlets serve a loose leaf tea, the next step is to see what they are doing with their range. Adding a seasonal variation can be an option but the strong focus is on value added teas such as Chai variations, Matcha mixes, cold brews, steamers and alcoholic infusions."