Twinings of London – Three Centuries of Delicious Tea
When it comes to a long, successful history of excellence, it’s difficult to outdo Twinings of London, a company that began shortly after the Twining family moved to London in 1684 from Gloucestershire. More than 300 years ago, in 1706, Thomas Twining started his tea enterprise. This was a daring move, since tea had only been first introduced to England in 1662, a few years before, by King Charles II’s wife. Thomas opened a tea shop right next to Westminster, and his daring paid off, with many rich and famous people patronizing his shop in search of the exciting new beverage. Soon he began importing and selling extremely valuable dry tea – and the rest, as they say, is history.
Careful Selection for Quality Leads to Tasty, Outstanding Teas
Twinings of London lives up to their long, illustrious background by offering some of the most savory teas available anywhere today. They obtain tea leaves from carefully selected growers around the globe, whose agricultural practices and tea varieties meet Twinings’ exacting standards. Whether it’s oolong, black tea, red, white, herbal tea, green tea, chai tea, or one of a host of others, the company picks those with the best flavor. The leaves are hand-selected to ensure top quality – and, of course, plenty of healthy antioxidants.
Making Opportunities for Half a Million – Twinings’ Latest Mission
In addition to being on an ongoing mission to provide delicious, relaxing, savory teas, Twinings of London also has an ambitious program of fair trade. Their goal is to improve the quality of life for at least 500,000 people in the regions where they obtain their tea leaves. This includes funding better health support, as well as educational opportunities designed to empower women. They work to enhance the standards of living by improving sanitation and community hygiene. And, of course, they pay good prices with a fair trade program that improves local economic opportunities.