Breakdown of Brands: Bewley’s Irish Tea

We are staying with the luck of the Irish again this week with Bewley's Tea, founded in 1840 by Samuel Bewley and his son Charles Bewley. They took a chance with a little shop in Dublin, Ireland and thank goodness they did, because they are now a worldwide power house in the coffee & tea …

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Breakdown of Brands: Barry’s Tea

Barry's Tea, an Ireland delicacy, began in 1901 by James Barry. His tea loving family and himself started a little shop on Prince's Street in Cork City. Most of their tea was sourced from India & Sri Lanka. James began handing down his expertise in the family and in 1934, Anthony Barry, a relative of …

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  Time to start bringing out the shamrocks, green decorations, and traditional Irish recipes (Irish soda bread, anyone?), it’s St. Patrick’s Day once again! In the US, people wear green, go to pubs, attend parades, and make corned beef and cabbage. In Northern Ireland and Ireland, it’s an entirely different story. It’s a public holiday …

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Tea – The Disreputable Drink?

Over the centuries tea has been many things to many people. Early on, in Asia, it was mostly the drink of emperors and other nobility. When it first came to Europe it was so expensive, due in large part to relatively scarce supplies, that no one but the rich and powerful could afford it. Even …

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Irish Tea Brands

Say what you want about the Irish, but don't say they're not a nation of fanatical tea drinkers. As of 2009, the Irish were tied for second place (with Mauritania, of all places) for annual per capita consumption of tea. The Mauritanians and the Irish each drank an average of a little more than seven …

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The Story of Bewley’s, an Irish Fave Tea

There was a time when tea was unknown on the “Emerald Isle” that we call Ireland. And then came people with entrepreneurial spirit who thought, “Hey, I think some tea would go over big here.” One of these people was Samuel Bewley, founder of what is now a top tea brand in not just Ireland …

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If St. Patrick Had Had These Teas…

First, my apologies for the title and the awkward English (“had had”), but it was the best way to express how tea could have changed history in Ireland. Not to mention our modern day celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day here in the U.S. Patrick (Patricius) was a Romanized Gaul living in what is now England. …

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