FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE DOES THE NAME TEATULIA COME FROM?
Teatulia takes its inspiration from Tetulia, the name of the region in northern Bangladesh where the tea is grown. It is right on the border with India, near the better known tea-growing regions of Assam and Darjeeling. On a clear day you can see the Himalaya.
WHAT DOES ‘SINGLE-ORIGIN’ MEAN, WHEN IT COMES TO TEA?
Almost all tea companies buy their tea at centralised auctions, which pool teas from different growers according to price and demand. Not Teatulia. We grow every leaf ourselves, at our garden in northern Bangladesh. That means we can guarantee that it is all 100% organic, grown by farmers who are properly looked after.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LOOSE-LEAF TEA AND TEABAGS?
The two most common preparations of tea are CTC & Orthodox. Orthodox tea is rolled and dried. CTC stands for Crush (or sometimes cut), Tear, Curl. Both processes are natural, just cutting and drying, involving no additives. CTC tea results in the fine-grained tea, with a high surface area, which works well for bags. Orthodox is typical for loose-leaf blends, and retains more of the tea’s delicate flavour.
WHAT’S TEATULIA’S LITERARY CONNECTION?
Teatulia is one of the key sponsors of the Dhaka Lit Fest, one of Bangladesh’s leading literary festivals. Few things go as well with a cup of tea as a good book. Tilda Swinton came up with the idea for the Living Bookshelf, with a changing and evolving selection of books by some of the world’s leading writers, journalists, artists, directors and other creative minds.
CAN I READ THE BOOKS?
Yes. Sit and browse for as long as you like.
CAN I BUY THE BOOKS?
IS YOUR PACKAGING ECO-FRIENDLY?
Our takeaway cups are fully recyclable and made from recycled paper. Our tin caddies are designed to last a lifetime; once you’ve bought one, you can bring it back to the shop and get a refill much more cheaply.
CAN I BUY YOUR ELEGANT TEAPOTS AND CUPS?
Yes. They are made by the excellent Japanese firm, Kinto, and available through our site.
ARE ANY OF YOUR TEAS CAFFEINE-FREE?
Our Lemongrass tea is naturally caffeine free.
WHY DON’T YOU SERVE EARL GREY?
We grow all our own ingredients at the garden, including lemongrass & ginger. At present we do not grow the citrus or Bergamot that give Earl Grey its distinctive flavour. But we are looking into all this, so watch this space.
WHY DON’T YOU SERVE FOOD?
We want our tea to speak for itself. Besides, we don’t grow any food in the garden.
WHY DON’T YOU SERVE COFFEE?
We don’t grow any coffee in in the garden.
CAN I HAVE MILK WITH MY TEA?
Yes. Tea in Bangladesh, as in England, is often enjoyed with milk. Sugar, too. Our Bengal Builder’s is designed to be big, strong and tasty, perfect for the morning brew.