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The BIG news is that after 15 years of trading at Borough Market east teas will no longer be there after Saturday 28 May. Things change, especially regarding my ageing back. However east teas will continue to supply its loyal customers via mail order and special events, all being well.

We welcome mail-order but some people seem to have a problem with emailing from the website. So sorry. Investigations are under way.
Do use our backup address axfhere@gmail.com

Our Matsukaze Matcha continues to delight our customers and is excellent quality and value. It makes delicious usucha and is sufficiently tasty for koicha, so would not be out of place in a Japanese Tearoom, this is by sometimes expressed as Ceremonial Grade, though I did not here that term, or equivalent, in my years in Japan stuying the Way of Tea (Chado). Matsukaze means Pine Wind, a term used to descripe the sound of the kettle simmering over charcoal. Made in a bowl, in the traditional way with a special bamboo whisk, chasen it is especially delicious. Its gentle stimulation is long-lasting and fades gradually. Helpful for those mornings after over-indulgence. I have one regular customer who drinks eight bowls a day. I'm not sure I could do that. Even so she remains calm and considered.

Matcha is probably the most exciting of green teas for health as one ingests the stoneground tea itself so benefiting from the non water-soluble nutrients. Email us for more information and discussion of your requirements. Otherwise come and visit us at Borough Market, treat yourself to a bowl of matcha and see how it is made traditionally. Alex has over thirty year's experience in the Way of Tea (aka “Japanese Tea Ceremony”)

The minimum requirements for traditional matcha-making are the tea plus the whisk (chasen)which totals £28, discounted for you to £25. A genuine Japanese teabowl enhances the experience but is not essential. Matcha has a smooth taste and texture (when prepared traditionally) and gently stimulates the mind without the unpleasant physical side-effects that coffee drinking can have. The spiritual benefits come with practices other than just drinking matcha but see what attracted this substance and its culture to both Samurai and Zen monk alike.

Stocks of ceramics have been topped up and, for matcha lovers, we also have a great, ever-changing, selection of matcha bowls, many of them being vintage and even older. Prices range from £15 to £80. Some have their original, signed boxes. Their authenticity enhances the matcha experience.

So Mail Order may be the way to go if getting to the Borough Market is impossible, though Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings are good times to avoid the lunchtime crowds. For Mail Order just email us at axfhere@gmail.com and we can discuss your needs.

east teas import special and unusual loose-leaf teas obtained directly from farmers, experts, and small local suppliers in China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan.

east teas' selection of green, oolong, black and other teas offer a world of flavour and fragrance far removed from the mass-produced offerings from most other companies.

east teas' teas also have a superb natural sweetness which means they can be drunk without adding sweeteners or milk. Recent scientific studies suggest further health benefits from drinking these types of traditional Asian teas which have long been believed to have particular medicinal qualities.

east teas is pleased to be able to offer hand-made and hand-decorated tea utensils from China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Part of the joy of tea culture is in what you drink from. Ceramics have a long and rich history in Asia where hand-made objects are still widely used and appreciated.

east teas also offers a full WORLD-WIDE MAIL ORDER service. Please send your order to enquiries@eastteas.com. We will then send you an invoice which can conveniently and securely paid via PayPal. If that isn't convenient for you just send us a cheque.

Mail order terms: minimum order of three packs. UK deliveries: Post & packing: 3-5 packs: £1.25 per pack. 6 packs or more: free. Overseas deliveries at cost. Payment by cheque in advance please or via PayPal. Often teas are sent out within a day but please allow 28 days for delivery. Pictures of currently available utensils can be sent on request.


east teas' own retail outlet is still in Borough Market where we will be delighted to introduce you to our teas and share our experience of making, and living with, them. We are in a great position close to where we were over 14 years ago in the newly-refurbished Three Crown Square, close to the main gate of the market, among sellers of other high quality produce.

This map may help.

Borough Market is very close to London Bridge Rail and Underground Stations (not so close to Borough tube station) in London SE1. east teas is there Friday 11–6 & Saturday 8–5 but not fter 28 May 2016. Many buses serve this area from both North and South.

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