If there’s one thing I’ve developed in the UK, it’s got to be the tea o’clock habit. Bang on the dot at three, I’ve got to have my little cuppa with a wee biscuit.
When I lived in Asia, I used to drink iced tea with every meal (mostly powdered/instant *blames the Americans and runs out the door*) but I’d only ever drink proper tea when my family would visit yum cha houses. My appreciation of the actual thing stems from giving up coffee for lent a few years back and a former flatmate introduced me to a relatively healthier caffeine alternative (delicate loose leaf from her travels). Since then, I’ve started drinking less coffee and more tea.
Kusmi Tea is a Parisian-based brand of tea specialising in Russian-style blends and offer a wide variety of traditional favourites and wellness brews (including the infamous BB Detox tea that’s meant to help you get the glow and flush toxins away).
The founder, Pavel Kousmichoff, created some recipes favoured by Russian royals and, to this day, the fashion and beauty crowd. They’re very big on Earl Grey tea, blending and creating concoctions with this black tea base to celebrate the brand’s Russian roots.
They’ve recently collaborated with designer Jean Paul Gaultier to re-dress two of their famous blends, Anastasia (black tea, bergamot, lemon and orange blossom) and Prince Wladmir (Earl Grey, citrus, vanilla and spices). The packaging is so JPG and so purrrty, non? You can’t go wrong with anything nautical in my book (I’ve recently done a wardrobe sort and the amount of breton/stripey tops I’ve accumulated through the years is rather alarming).
You can find Kusmi’s London shop along Marylebone High Street. The place is cosy and colourful with their brightly packaged blends on display, as well as an offering of cakes and treats you can munch on while enjoying your tea of choice.
Photo by the lovely Chopstick Panorama
Kusmi Tea London
15 Marylebone High St, London W1U