For almost 150 years, the name Brodies has been synonymous with the finest tea and coffee blends from around the world. Founded in Edinburgh in 1867 by three enterprising tea merchants who shared a passion for exploration and an instinct for quality, the company continues to this day on the quest for the very best, from plantations and tea gardens across the globe.
Brodies teas and coffees are chosen by connoisseurs – from the tea perfectionist who appreciates the joy of an elegant whole-leaf tea served in porcelain, to the coffee-aficionado wanting full-bodied bliss in an espresso cup.
Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company’s history dates back to 1812 when sailing ships brought delicacies from the New World directly into Leith.
Today the Edinburgh Tea & Coffee Company is a thriving factory with a passion for blending tea and roasting coffee. From a company steeped in tradition, Edinburgh Tea & Coffee Company remains a family business and as such they have maintained the essential artisan craft of tea blending and coffee roasting, whilst bringing production techniques up to the 21st Century.
Tea is an evergreen tropical plant from the Camellia Sinensis family and is produced from the green tender shoots which are picked by hand. The leaves are then withered by exposure to warm, dry air, then rolled - breaking up the cells and releasing the natural juices and enzymes which give the tea its characteristic flavor.
The next stage is fermentation when the leaves are spread out and cooled in a humid atmosphere. Finally the leaves are dried in a hot air chamber and graded by their size.
Scottish Tea is typically black tea that is stronger than English tea. The most popular is the full bodied Scottish Breakfast bend which has a malty flavor and best served with sugar & milk.
Both Brodies & Edinburgh Tea & Coffee are Fairtrade certified, one of the most widely recognised and trusted certification marks worldwide.
It is also the only certification that tackles all the elements that farmers need to make their lives sustainable in the long term – these include being financially stable, protecting the environment and supporting the community.