Sri Lankan Black
21st Century Afternoon Tea
Our aim is simple; to source and supply the world's best loose leaf tea, directly from farmers and their tea gardens.
From a selection of the most lovingly blended English Breakfast teas to the most delicious selection of unique, single estate green teas, white teas, oolongs, black teas, pu'er and herbal tea infusions we hope to have everything here to make your heart sing.
We also seek out the best teapots, teacups, tea strainers and tea sets to bring you everything you need to enjoy the simple luxury of loose leaf tea.
What makes us different?
We travel the world in search of unique tea gardens and the skilled men and women who craft the finest loose leaf tea – where each harvest captures the most delicious flavours that their particular corner of the world can offer.
We have been working directly with our loose leaf tea farmers since 2004, building long-term relationships. We don't buy from brokers, middle-men or commodity markets. We keep the value of their tea with the people who make it.
We support the 3 pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic and social. Our loose leaf teas are grown without pesticides and herbicides. No teabags with bleaches, glues and micro-plastics that waste precious resources for single use.
Rare Education. Rare Community. Rare Thinking.
Supporting sustainable development and long term social change by reinvesting a direct percentage of all Rare Tea revenue into educational scholarships on our partner farms.Find out More
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What our friends say about us...
Daniel Day Lewis
Many, many thanks for that exquisite Lapsang and its charming little pot, I’m delighted to have them. Lapsang for a long time has been the only tea I really like, but the one you gave me is so subtle and refined – really deliciously performed that I doubt I shall ever go back to my habitual old rope.
Tea to Henrietta is like a teddy bear to a child.
The Rare Tea Company exemplifies the very best of quality food and drink in Britain today: the exquisite good taste of one gifted individual, Henrietta Lovell, realised in a collection of superlative products, in this case the very best teas that money can buy.
Henrietta's white silver tip tea is simply exquisite.
This has to be tea at its finest.
The Rare Tea Company creates teas of outstanding quality and aroma. They offer the finest full leaves with intense flavours (Jasmine is our favourite at Tom Aikens) and Henrietta Lovell provides an excellent service.
Some of our bestsellers...
If you are new to loose leaf tea and aren't sure where to start; selecting a tea gift for a friend; or just a tea lover spoilt for choice, our Rare Tea best sellers are here to help you choose.
A little bit about us...
The company was founded in 2004, by Henrietta Lovell (known around the world as Rare Tea Lady - @raretealady) to source and supply the world's best loose leaf tea directly from farmers and their tea gardens.
Who we work with
We are extremely proud to supply the best loose leaf teas to some of the world’s greatest restaurants. We also supply many amazing cafes and bars alongside delis, departments stores and shops. You will find our loose leaf teas for sale in many stores and shops to buy and take home, as well as in places like these where they will do it for you beautifully.