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Alnwick-based tea brewery launches new 'house' blend

The Bari Breakfast Blend has taken two years of refinement and testing to achieve the perfect taste

Andy Craig Photography Bari Tea in Alnwick has launched a new house blend
BARI Tea in Alnwick has launched a new house blend

Bari, the Alnwick-based tea brewery, has launched a new ‘house’ blend.

The Bari Breakfast Blend has taken two years of refinement and testing to achieve the perfect taste.

It has been created by Bari’s own blender in collaboration with the tea shop team.

It has been designed to mix the traditional strength and darkness of English Breakfast Tea, which is ideal with lots of milk and sugar, and the lighter distinctively peaty smokiness of Scottish Breakfast Teas.

Over the last two years the tea brewery’s customers, Bari’s trade partners and Alnwick Food Festival visitors have all tried different versions of the blend and given valuable feedback to help the team create the drink.

The owner of Bari, Caroline Stewart, says: “Over the last couple of years we’ve continually refined our blend until we’ve developed what we think is the perfect Northumbrian Breakfast Tea – full strength and with a good depth of body but gentler than a full-blown English Breakfast Tea and particularly suited to the softer water we tend to enjoy here in Northumberland.”

A self-confessed tea enthusiast, Caroline continues: “We’ve been careful to use high quality Assam, Kenyan and Ceylon teas unlike other breakfast blends where there is a tendency to use more inferior quality leaves.

“I’ve worked with our expert Bari blender to find just the right amount of naturally smoky tea such as Keemun to give a slight hint of the peatiness and pine-trees which is reminiscent of Northumberland.

“We’ve also had great feedback from our customers – perhaps this could be the first crowd-sourced tea?”

All the tea served at the Bari Tea Brewery in Narowgate is loose leaf and there are small taster jars on hand so customers can see, touch and smell before choosing.

There is a certain ceremony involved in every tea service at Bari (pronounced baa-ree and Northumbrian for ‘lovely’). Each tea order uses faff-free North American tea filters is accompanied by an egg timer to get the precise brewing time.

For more information go to www.baritea.co.uk

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