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Red Sea Tea & Spices Supply Issues

Red Sea Tea & Spices Supply Issues: Anticipating Shortages in UK Supermarkets

The United Kingdom’s love affair with exotic flavors and culinary diversity is at risk due to an unforeseen challenge in the supply chain of Red Sea Tea & Spices. Renowned for its high-quality teas and aromatic spices, Red Sea has long been a staple in UK households. However, recent disruptions in the supply chain threaten to create shortages on the shelves of supermarkets across the country.

The threat posed by the Yemen rebel group, particularly in the strategically vital region surrounding the Red Sea, raises concerns about the potential for international shipping lanes to remain effectively closed. The geopolitical tensions in the area, fueled by the ongoing conflict in Yemen, have heightened the risk of disruptions to maritime traffic. The rebel group’s control over key coastal areas and its demonstrated capability to target ships using unconventional means, such as naval mines and drone attacks, contribute to the apprehension within the international shipping community. These security challenges could result in heightened insurance premiums, rerouting of vessels, and delays in the transportation of goods through the affected maritime routes, impacting global trade flows and adding complexity to an already intricate geopolitical landscape. The international community closely monitors the situation, seeking diplomatic resolutions to ensure the free and safe passage of vessels through these critical waterways.

Impact on UK Supermarkets:

As the supply chain for Red Sea Tea & Spices faces obstacles, UK supermarkets are likely to experience shortages in their inventory. Consumers who rely on these products for their daily cooking and tea rituals may find their favorite items increasingly difficult to obtain.

The shortage is expected to affect not only individual consumers but also restaurants and businesses. The potential unavailability of these essential ingredients could force businesses to alter their menus or seek alternative suppliers, leading to increased costs and operational challenges.

Consumer Response and Alternatives:

In response to potential shortages, consumers may need to explore alternative brands or substitute products to meet their culinary needs. Supermarkets are likely to promote and highlight alternative tea and spice options to mitigate the impact of the Red Sea supply issues. Consumers need to remain flexible and open to trying new products while keeping an eye on updates regarding Red Sea’s supply chain challenges.

With the prediction of potential shortages of Tea & Spices due to supply chain disruptions, there is a likelihood of panic buying reminiscent of the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic when toilet paper shortages became a global phenomenon. Consumers, concerned about the impending scarcity of their favorite teas and spices, may rush to supermarkets to stockpile products, fearing they won’t be readily available soon. This panic buying behavior can create a domino effect, leading to empty shelves, increased demand for alternative products, and a strain on the overall supply chain. The fear of missing out on beloved flavors and the uncertainty surrounding the duration of the supply issues may drive consumers to adopt a precautionary approach, contributing to a surge in purchasing and potential challenges in maintaining a steady supply of Tea & Spices in UK supermarkets. It is crucial for consumers to stay informed and exercise restraint to avoid exacerbating the situation further.


The Red Sea Tea & Spices supply issues serve as a stark reminder of the interconnections of the global supply chain and the susceptibility of industries to external factors. As the world continues to navigate the challenges posed by the pandemic and climate change, consumers and businesses must adapt to potential disruptions in the availability of their favorite products.

While alternative products may provide short-term solutions, the hope is for a swift resolution to the supply chain issues, allowing the return of beloved teas and spices to the shelves of UK supermarkets.

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Soursop Flavored Ceylon Tea

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Exploring the Delightful Fusion: Soursop Flavored Ceylon Tea

Tea enthusiasts around the world are constantly seeking new and exciting flavors to tantalize their taste buds. One such unique and exotic blend that has gained popularity in recent years is Soursop Flavored Ceylon Tea. This delightful fusion combines the rich and robust notes of Ceylon tea with the tropical sweetness of soursop, creating a beverage that offers a refreshing and distinctive experience.

Ceylon Tea: A Taste of Sri Lanka’s Finest:

Ceylon tea, renowned for its exceptional quality and distinct flavor, hails from the lush tea estates of Sri Lanka. The island’s favorable climate and diverse topography contribute to the unique characteristics of Ceylon tea. Known for its briskness, brightness, and medium to full body, Ceylon tea serves as an excellent base for a variety of flavored teas.

Soursop: The Tropical Delight:

Soursop, also known as Graviola, is a tropical fruit native to South America but widely cultivated in various tropical regions, including Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. With its prickly green exterior and soft, white, fibrous interior, soursop is celebrated for its sweet and tangy flavor profile. Often described as a blend of strawberry, pineapple, and citrus, soursop adds a delightful tropical twist to culinary creations.

The Marriage of Flavors:

The combination of Ceylon tea and soursop is a match made in flavor heaven. The bold and brisk nature of Ceylon tea provides a robust foundation for the sweet and tangy notes of soursop. The result is a well-balanced infusion that captivates the palate with every sip.

Health Benefits of Soursop Flavored Ceylon Tea:

Apart from its exceptional taste, Soursop Flavored Ceylon Tea also offers health benefits associated with both Ceylon tea and soursop.

  1. Antioxidant Properties: Ceylon tea is rich in antioxidants, which can help combat free radicals in the body. Soursop, too, contains antioxidants, contributing to a potent blend that supports overall well-being.
  2. Immune System Boost: Soursop is known for its immune-boosting properties, and when combined with the health benefits of Ceylon tea, it creates a beverage that can contribute to a robust immune system.
  3. Digestive Aid: Both Ceylon tea and soursop have been linked to digestive health. The gentle caffeine content in tea can aid digestion, while soursop contains dietary fiber, promoting a healthy digestive system.

Enjoying Soursop Flavored Ceylon Tea:

Soursop Flavored Ceylon Tea can be enjoyed in various ways. It can be served hot or cold, and a touch of honey or a slice of lemon can enhance its flavors. Some tea enthusiasts also explore the option of blending it with other tropical fruits or herbs to create personalized variations.


Soursop Flavored Ceylon Tea is a testament to the endless possibilities in the world of tea blending. The marriage of Ceylon tea’s boldness with soursop’s tropical sweetness results in a beverage that not only delights the senses but also brings together the best of two worlds. Whether you are a seasoned tea connoisseur or an adventurous novice, Soursop Flavored Ceylon Tea is a must-try for those seeking a unique and refreshing tea experience.

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Health Benefits of Green Tea

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Health Benefits of Green Tea

All from the same plant

Green Tea is made from the same plant as Black and Oolong Tea, Camellia Sinensis, but retains higher levels of antioxidants than black tea because the leaves are not processed similarly. This doesn’t mean drinking black tea does not contain any health benefits, indeed there have been many studies supporting the benefits of black tea including reducing cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.

Green tea and weight loss

One of the more topical health benefits of drinking green tea is the suggestion that consuming between 3 – 5 cups a day may help you ‘lose weight.’ Most studies referred to have been designed to test the effects of the antioxidant (catechin) either as a beverage or in the form of an extract. Results from studies performed to date suggest that green tea can help you to boost your metabolism and burn body fat., Experts agree the idea should not be to ‘lose weight as such but to burn excess body fat and increase muscle using a combination of regular healthy eating, weights, and exercise. As part of your healthy lifestyle, green tea can be a welcome addition to help you burn fat.

Burning fat, green tea research data

One study published in the Journal of Nutrition (1) examined the effects on 107 individuals consuming 625mg of catechin (about 5 cups of green tea per day) and a group who did not. The trial was over 12 weeks and was combined with 3 hours of moderate activity per week. The results showed that while the changes in overall fat levels between the two groups were similar, there was a significant reduction in abdominal fat for those consuming the 625mg catechin. In addition, it was found that levels of blood fats known as triglycerides were significantly lower too. As raised triglyceride levels can increase the risk of heart disease, this finding was a welcome bonus.

Green tea enhances metabolism

Another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition supported findings that catechin found in green tea significantly enhances the rate at which individuals metabolize fat.

Other suggested health benefits associated with green tea

 The effects of the high antioxidants of green tea are being studied and any search on these topics will yield information. I have listed the main suggested health benefits of green tea as follows:

provides protection against cancer – although experts state evidence remains inconclusive

  • helps prevent colds and flu symptoms
  • helps prevent cardiovascular disease
  • gives relief to menopausal symptoms

How much green tea do you need to drink?

Most experts suggest between 3 and 5 cups of green tea a day, The average cup of green tea contains between 80mg -100mg of catechin depending on the size of the cup and the strength of the tea.

Which green tea should you drink?

Quite simply, drink the ones you like! It’s important if you want to start drinking green tea as part of your healthy lifestyle that you find ones you enjoy. The quality of the tea is very important too. Here at Harrison Teas, we have a wide range of high-quality green and flavoured green teas. They all have different tastes so we’re confident if you try some, you’ll find ones you enjoy.


(1)Maki KC, et al. Green Tea Catechin Consumption Enhances Exercise-Induced Abdominal Fat Loss in Overweight and Obese Adults. J Nutr 2009 139: 264- 270.

(2) Venables MC, et al. Green tea extract ingestion, fat oxidation, and glucose tolerance in healthy humans. Am J Clin Nutr 2008;87:778-784

Khokhar S, et al. Total phenol, catechin, and caffeine contents of teas commonly consumed in the United Kingdom. J Agric Food Chem. 2002;50(3):565-70.

Nagao T, et al. Ingestion of a tea rich in catechins leads to a reduction in body fat and malondialdehyde-modified LDL in men. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2005;81(1):122-129

Sun J. Enzymatic Therapy, Inc., Green Bay, WI 54311, USA. Morning/evening menopausal formula relieves menopausal symptoms: a pilot study. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2003 Jun;9(3):403-9.

Anna H. Wu 1, Kazuko Arakawa 1, Frank Z. Stanczyk 2, David Van Den Berg 3, Woon-Puay Koh 4 and Mimi C. Yu 1. Tea and circulating estrogen levels in postmenopausal Chinese women in Singapore. Oxford Journals Life Sciences Carcinogenesis Volume 26, Number 5 Pp. 976-980.

Yokogoshi H, et al. (2001). Institute for Traditional Medicine ( Theanine effects on premenstrual syndrome. Amino Acid Supplements IV: Theanine. Subhuti D. Referencing: Proceedings of the Nogei Kagaku Kai, Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry. 2001;75:166

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How to get the best from your tea

How to get the best from your tea 

The quality of the water affects the taste of the tea, always use freshly drawn boiling water, filtered if possible.

To get the best flavour from the tea leaves, don’t use water that’s been boiled repeatedly, it will contain less oxygen and make your tea taste flat.  

Measure your tea carefully. A good guide for most teas is 1 rounded teaspoon of loose tea per cup. 

Allow the tea to brew for the recommended time as indicated on the packaging.

Milk in first or last does slightly alter the taste of your tea. There is no right or wrong way, just your preference.

Store tea in an airtight container away from moisture, strong flavoured or perfumed items, and light.

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How is Tea made – A brief guide

How is Tea made – A brief guide

Firstly, What Is Tea?

To answer the question ‘how is tea made?’, we first need to define what tea is. Tea’s Latin name is camellia sinensis, from the genus camellia, and is an evergreen shrub, native to Asia, whose leaves are used for tea. The evolutionary origin of camellia sinensis has been traced back to China’s Yunnan province and its bordering country Myanmar. The Assamica variety, with its larger leaves, is native to India and is a naturally evolved variety (the variation was not established through human intervention).

Various Tea Types

Tea is available in varieties from white (the youngest leaves), to green, Oolong, and black. The process of creating this variety in tea is often referred to as tea fermentation.

The process that takes a green tea leaf plucked from a plant and allows it to become black is the process of oxidation where the natural enzymes in the tea leaf begin oxidizing the leaf, turning it from green to copper coloured. A similar process occurs when an apple’s skin is broken, and the white flesh of the apple begins to turn brown when exposed to the air – this is oxidization.

General Tea Manufacturing Process

Picking: The first stage of the manufacturing process is when the tea leaves are removed (plucked) from the tea plant. The best quality teas are said to be produced when the top two leaves and the bud are handpicked, unopened young buds with delicate silver hairs on them, are only exposed to natural withering and gentle drying allowing them to retain high levels of antioxidants and as such is the least processed of any tea leaves. Other teas use leaves picked when the bud is fully open.

Withering:  Withering is a natural drying process that removes around 75% of the moisture from the leaf, preparing it for further processing. Withering begins as soon as the leaf is plucked but is controlled by the manufacturer so that leaves wither evenly. Tea leaves are placed in large traces, spaced apart and the trays are frequently shaken to try and keep the withering as even as possible.

Initiation: The exact nature of the tea type that is produced depends on how much oxidation takes place. To prevent oxidation from occurring tea leaves are “fixed” which means that the enzymes are deactivated by a heating process. Some tea types require oxidation, which is controlled and then stopped. Oxidation is initiated by breaking open the tea leaf and allowing atmospheric oxygen to enter the cells of the leaf. The amount of oxidation you require and how quickly you require it will determine your method of initiation. Gentle rolling or tumbling of the leaves has less drastic effects while maceration (cutting) is used in mass production to create CTC (cut tear curl) tea or other broken-leaf tea. Oxidized teas must still be fixed after oxidation and control over the amount of oxidation is achieved through the introduction of the warm and moist oxygen-rich air.

CTC method and other broken leaf teas were developed primarily for tea bags and other quick infusion methods as the larger exposed surface area allows for faster infusion. CTC leaves are mechanically mashed and cut, to invoke oxidation contrasting sharply with the gentle rolling and tumbling of the traditional orthodox methods. While the contents of tea bags, often macerated and produced from lower quality tea leaves, are often referred to as “floor sweepings” this assertion is not accurate. Still, there are leaf grading applied to all leaf particle sizes including dust grades.

Fixing: Green Teas come from leaves that are only plucked when they have fully opened and are fixed by either pan frying or steaming. 

Pouchong is a tea classed somewhere between green and oolong tea, after picking and withering has oxidation initiated by rolling of the leaves. After oxidation of 8-10% of the surface of the leaf, Pouchong is fixed. 

Black tea is generally over 90% oxidized with Oolong teas taking up the space between Pouchong and Black teas, displaying huge amounts of variation in both oxidation and flavour. After fixing (firing) only 3-4% of the natural moisture remains in the leaf.

As oxidation has such a profound effect on the nature (and flavour) of the tea produced it can be said to be the most important part of the tea manufacturing process.

Tea tasting and blending are important aspects when considering how is tea made. In addition to assessing the quality of tea purchased, the most important job of a tea blender is to create a consistent taste year-round for a seasonal product. This is not an easy task and tea blenders are often tea tasters with many years of experience. In addition to maintaining consistency within existing blends, tea blenders create new blends. Thousands of varieties are now available, each with its own unique features. 

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