Speaking Broadly Podcast
Episode 117: British Tea is Sh*t and other lessons: Henrietta Lovell
Host Dana Cowin, the former long-time Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine Magazine, conducts intimate interviews with brilliant, powerful women in the food world about their lives and careers. The moving, personal stories of struggles and triumphs that Cowin elicits provide lessons and inspiration for anyone looking to succeed in any industry.
New York Times
If You Use Tea Bags, You’ll Be in Hot Water With This Connoisseur
"I found myself quite caught up in her infectious enthusiasm as she ventured -- twice defeating her own cancer, which tried in vain to slow her down - out into the world in search of the green tea hills in China, Japan and India, of course, but also in Malawi, Nepal and South Africa..."
Wall Street Journal
These Are the Most Exclusive Teas in the World.
"Furnishing the high teas at Claridge’s in London and other five-star dining rooms, the Rare Tea Company started 15 years ago in Henrietta Lovell’s apartment."
Ryan Chetiyawardana in the Evening Standard
Our close friend "Mr. Lyan" (the man behind Super Lyan, Cub and Dandelyan) predicts five cocktail trends to look out for in 2019.
BBC Radio 4
The Business of Kindness
Random acts of kindness can help businesses grow in surprising ways. Peter Day speaks to one woman who explains how the generosity of others has made all the difference to her.
Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine
Tea has the same complexity as wine
The Englishwoman Henrietta Lovell wants to get people to drink better tea. She thinks that could change the world....
Great British Chefs
Most of us know our way around a teabag, but preparing a pot of leaf tea is a completely different art form. Henrietta Lovell, also known as the Rare Tea Lady, shares her top tips for mastering the perfect cup of tea.
Great British Chefs
Black tea may be the most popular, but the sweet, delicate flavour of white tea is starting to get noticed. Henrietta Lovell, also known as the Rare Tea Lady, makes the case for this very special leaf.
Great British Chefs
Henrietta Lovell, also known as the Rare Tea Lady, talks us through the intricacies of green tea and how the cheaper, bitter varieties in the supermarkets are nothing like the real thing.
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
Amanda Hesser says: "I had Tregothnan Earl Grey tea, which I get online from Rare Tea Company. They're in England. I read about them a couple of years ago and I ordered some, and it was so much better than any tea that I've had before...I really like their silver tip and they have a great jasmine tip, which makes fantastic ice cream."
Bill Daley reports on Henrietta's mission to De-bag Britain.
MONOCLE 24 RADIO - THE ENTREPRENEURS
Henrietta spoke to Daniel Giacopelli about the Rare Tea Co journey.
The Rare Tea Lady on Monocle Radio's 'The Menu'. (40 minutes in)
WALL STREET JOURNAL
A tour of Afternoon Tea in London, including Claridge's naturally, and some words from Rare Tea Lady.
HOLE & CORNER - SENSES ISSUE
A tea education with Henrietta.
SELLING TEA TO CHINA
Henrietta talks Hazel Davis from Route to Growth about selling tea to China
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
The art of the perfect cup of tea. Catalina Stogdon talks to Henrietta about loose leaf tea and scones at Royal Ascot.
Rare Tea has launched at Claridge's. Here is what USA Today has to say...
A new class of non-alcoholic cocktail – made with fermented tea, botanicals and even booze-free spirits – could persuade even the most dedicated of drinkers to give up the grog.
As Organic September starts, Julia Platt Leonard asks why some food producers choose not to mark themselves organic, even when they meet the criteria
THE SCENTED LETTER
The Rare Tea Lady talks about tea parings with The Perfume Society.
THE WOMEN'S ROOM BLOG
So you think you know how to make a cup of tea? Henrietta sets the record straight.
Matthew Rudofker, Executive Chef at Momofuku Ssäm Bar includes our Earl Grey in his '18 Tools that World-Class Chefs Can’t Cook Without'.
Henrietta caught up with the magazine on a trip to Boston - badass Advice from the Rare Tea Lady
The trick to making a perfect cup of tea.
THE TELEGRAPH - BEAUTY
Perfume notes - tea infused fragrances with Josephine Fairley from The Perfume Society.
Put the kettle on and enjoy Josephine Fairley's serving of her favourite fragrances with notes of tea, the next big thing in perfumery.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
Firms have much to gain by advising and helping each other, the founder of the Rare Tea Company tells Rachel Bridge
Rose Prince sings the praises of Rare Tea, describing RAF tea as: “frankly the best cup of tea to be had in Blighty...if you ask around who sells the best tea...you hear the same name - Henrietta Lovell.”
Rose also advocates the benefits of Rare Tea in her healthy eating column
A new leaf- Henrietta spoke to Square Meal about bespoke blends for top chefs...
Matthew Fort writes: “To be honest, I wasn't a China tea man - they were too refined and challenging for my clodhopping tastebuds. That was until I met Henrietta Lovell, aka the Stickler, for reasons that will become clear.”
YOU MAGAZINE - MAIL ON SUNDAY
Jo Fairley interviews Henrietta for the Mail on Sunday You Magazine. The article charts the rise and success of the Tea Lady and her campaign to De-Bag Britain.
Henrietta spoke to the magazine in the UAE about the art of tea.
The Rare Tea Lady and other British producers' tea success, including selling the good stuff to China.
Tom Holmes' in-depth profile feature on tea lady Henrietta Lovell: “When in 2004 [Henrietta] left behind a successful career in corporate finance to go and source fine teas across the world’s most remote estates, many of her friends thought that she was crazy.
What they didn’t predict was that a few years later her unspoiled varieties imported to the UK from small farms in China and Africa, would serve to supply chefs like St John’s Fergus Henderson and The Fat Duck’s Heston Blumenthal...”
My work in food: Henrietta Lovell
THE DAILY MAIL
Tom Parker Bowles writes: “The Rare Tea Company sells some of the finest tea in the world. And its Royal Air Force Tea for Heroes is not only a wonderful, loose-leaf English Breakfast blend, but 50p from every tin goes to the RAF Wings Appeal. A sip that soothes the soul, and conscience too.”
THE FOOD PROGRAMME
Henrietta was a guest on the Food Programme, where the topic of the day was New Food Entrepreneurs
RAF LAUNCH PARTY
The Guardian made a film to mark the launch of the RAF tea at the Aldwych Tube station.
Rhoda Buchanan writes: “high quality tea is tastier and the time could well be nigh to wean the nation off its comfort blanket of cheap, black tea. Once you've Oolong'd you clearly can't go back.”
Edle Teesorten sind bei Connaisseuren heute so begehrt wie Jahrgangsweine und dazu noch besonders gesund. Die Londonerin Henrietta Lovell hat aus ihrer Leidenschaft fur die zarten grunen Blatter ein gutes Geschaft gemacht: Mit ihrer Rare Tea Company berat sie sogar Hollywoodstars in Sachen Tee.
FOOD AND FARMING AWARDS
Finalist in the Best Retail Initiative category in 2009.
Henrietta spoke to Jane Garvey about the pleasures of drinking Rare Tea.
Tea Lady Henrietta Lovell writes about her quest to find the finest White Silver Tip Tea
On his Bloomsberg News page Richard Vines celebrates the launch of the RAF tea.
ANOTHER - THE HUNGER
AnOther magazine's 'The Hunger' celebrates Christmas with Emperor's Breakfast truffles and cheers our campaign to change tea drinking in Britain.
Laura Sevier extols the virtues of Wild Rooibos as a caffeine - free alternative, putting it in her online Ecologist Top Ten.
The Ministry of Defence website interviews the Battle of Britain veteran Terry Clark, who inspired Henrietta to produce the RAF tea.
Julie Carpenter reports on the bitter Cream Tea wars between Devon and Cornwall, and turns to Henrietta for advice on the perfect tea to accompany a cream tea.
RAF tea is included on the Style List as one of the most desirable items.
TEA AND CHEESE
Henrietta and Eric Charriaux develop the revolutionary art of tea and cheese pairing.
The Arbutarian, the stylish digital lifestyle magazine, presents a witty take on the launch of the RAF tea commemorating the Battle of Britain.
Rebecca Smithers reports on the high cost of low quality tea and backs up her point with Henrietta's views on why the nation should move over to the good stuff.
Xanthe Clay includes the RAF Gift Collection in her "Give a gorgeous gift" guide.
In "Cakes and a cuppa" Xanthe recommends RAF tea as the perfect reward after a country walk.
EATS, SHOOTS - & LEAVES
It’s my job to travel the world searching out the finest leaves. I venture far from the beaten track in the mountains of China, India and Africa, but when it comes to drinking tea in the UK I order coffee, not because I prefer it, but because I don’t dare try the tea.
Alexander McCall Smith writes about the social importance of tea. He advocates the use of loose leaf tea over tea bags and describes Rare Tea as: “tea missionaries...Their work is noble.”
Bee Wilson writes about the resurgence of tea as an ingredient in cooking.
The tea lady is interviewed by Sainsbury's magazine about the rise of Rare Tea
THE GOOD WEB GUIDE
Rare white teas that are as delicious as they are good for you.
The Royal Air Force website features the Aldwych launch party for the RAF tea.
The Lady, England's oldest weekly women's magazine, features Rare Tea in their online The Lady Loves feature
Simon Majumdar from the Dos Hermanos blog is convinced to move to Rare Tea.
In his A byte to savour blog, William Leigh is converted to the joys of RAF tea and tea cocktails.
Rare Tea features on the RMF Classic radio website in Poland.