Tea is the best drink of the day and as Lin Yutang once said “There’s something in the nature of Tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life” … excellently put and having now been enlightened I must say I’m overwhelmed at just how much i didn’t know about my favourite drink …
I was invited by Christos and Svetlana of C&S Mistea Trading in Limassol for a chat and a cuppa and at that time, little did i know how much I would learn about tea, tbh my world was about to change … Mistea are importers and distributors of Newby Teas of London … Luxury Tea is now available in Cyprus …
Christos and Svetlana met in 1996, moved to Saudi Arabia and then Dubai, where Christos worked for a construction company. Whilst shopping in a supermarket that had to provide a massive variety of products for the many nationalities that live in Dubai Svetlana came across Newby Teas of London. What first attracted her attention was the unique packaging, which btw is a story unto itself …
Then one day, Svetlana couldn’t find her favourite tea, and shortly after, purely by coincidence, she found Newby Teas’ offices in the same Building as Christos’ construction company, which is when and how her story began. Her infatuation was irresistible and so together they launched Mistea Trading to become importers and distributors of this premium collection of teas … which btw are the world’s most awarded luxury tea brand.
Newby Tea was formed in London in 2000 by Indian born Nirmal Sethia, who left home at the age 14 to become a tea taster and by the age 16 he had become a tea trader, later opening his first Tea Garden, to grow his own premium teas … his mission is to re-introduce quality tea and in turn revive the worlds love for it … after all we’ve been drinking tea for 5000 years and currently consume over 3 billion cups of tea a day worldwide.
I have to say I just love the design given to all their packaging, including their Tea Caddies … if nine tenths of the sale is presentation then they are tops in my book … It must be said that their collaboration with iconic British designer Matthew Williamson was a first of its kind. Using designs based on the priceless collection of tea antiques and artifacts, some dating back to the sixth century, gathered over the years by Nirmal Setha in memory of his wife Chitra. It was her that had influenced him into the extensive world of luxury tea … the results are just immaculate, so much so that many peoples’ first time introduction to Newby Tea is as an unusual gift from a friend.
Based in London Newby Teas are imported from many different countries including, India, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, and Nepal to mention but a few … the variety is endless and unique in many ways … Green Teas, Black Teas, Fruit, Herbal, Oolong Tea, White Tea, and Caffeine Free. I must say I was very impressed, and I’ve tasted several of their blends already … I just loved the Butterfly Pea Flowers that when brewed was Blue, until Svetlana added a few drops of lemon and turned it purple … brilliant!
The most elaborate awakening was the Flowering Teas, aka Craft Teas as they are handmade by skilled artisans … These are longer leaves of tippy green teas and their flowers, that when steeped in hot water they unfurl into a stunning floral display. These are perfect for their glass teapots and ideal for their specially designed tea glasses …
The selection of Newby Teas and Tisanes are not just served as loose leaf, but some in Classic Teabags, Award winning Silken Pyramids and Self Fill Tea Pouches … all vacuum packed for extra freshness and presented in gorgeous Caddies … They also have a beautiful selection of Fine Bone China Tea Pots, Cups & Saucers and Accessories including a gorgeous Sand Timer and Travel Tea Infuser
Their excellently designed packaging makes a very unique gift on special occasions like their Valentines Collection, Easter and Christmas Sets … with Limited Editions, and Gift Sets, like their Zodiac Collection and delectable unique Caddies … and btw to some people tea is an investment …
Events & Special Offers
Look out for their special events including Tea Tasting, Workshops, and Lectures … They always have a special offer on especially on annual calendar events like International Women’s Day, Mothering Sunday and Father’s Day … one of my favourites is their award winning Advent Calendar at Christmas
Newby Teas are available on-line and at quality outlets, hotels and spas all over Cyprus, offering personal delivery in most areas, and by ACS Courier Service … They can also arrange door to door delivery … Payments can be made by PayPal and all credit cards are accepted …
Open all year
Daily: 8 am ’til 5 pm
Reviving the world’s love for tea!