Frequently Asked Questions
We regularly get asked lots of different questions about how we make our delicious tea. We’ve racked the brains of our very knowledgeable team and hopefully you will find the answer you’re looking for.
Click on any of the questions below to find the answers.
General Tea FAQs
Redbush, also known as ‘Rooibos’, is a South African plant which has the botanical name Aspalathus Linearis. While most of us may consider it a tea, it’s actually a naturally caffeine-free herbal infusion. Whilst it has its own unique and delicious flavour, it’s the closest to tea of all the infusions, and can even be enjoyed with milk like black tea!
Clipper is proud to be a member of the UK Tea Council. For more information and insight into the wonderful world of tea please visit www.tea.co.uk.
Staining of the cup is due to tannin, and although it’s a bit annoying having to give your mug an extra scrub, this compound helps give tea it’s slightly astringent flavour. To avoid getting your mug stained, you could always use a teapot to prepare your brew!
The elevation at which tea is grown affects the flavour in a number of ways; one of the main factors is that temperatures are cooler at higher elevations, meaning the leaves grow more slowly, giving them more time to develop greater depth of flavour. Darjeeling is a tea grown high-up, situated on the foothills of the Himalayas, the elevation reaches up to 7000 feet above sea level, and it is said to be the champagne of teas, with it’s delicious unique muscatel character.
We think the perfect cup of tea is made by pouring freshly boiled water (not that water that has been sat in your kettle since your last cuppa!) over the tea bag, leaving it for three to five minutes, and serving it with a splash of milk, but everyone has their favourite way to brew a cuppa.
There are estimated to be in the region of 1500 varieties of tea, however most can be placed under the following headings: Black Tea, Green Tea, White Tea, Oolong, Pu-erh, and Yellow Tea.
Tea is commercially grown in many more countries than you might think! There are of course the well-known origins, such as China, India, Sri Lanka, and Kenya, but tea is also grown in less familiar places, such as Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Turkey and Vietnam to mention just a few. In fact, there is even a tiny amount of tea grown in Cornwall, but not all origins are capable of producing the same quality or varieties!
All of our square, ‘pillow’ bags use unbleached paper, and have done so for many, many years; in fact, Clipper was one of the first to make tea in unbleached bags. Unfortunately, due to technical constraints it has not been possible to make the paper for our string and tag bags unbleached as well; however, this is something we want to do, and we will continue to work on it.
In our opinion the tea bag paper we use is suitable for home composting. Square “pillow” bags do have a very thin layer of polypropylene plastic to enable the bags to be sealed, but in your compost bin this will break down into teeny tiny pieces.
We source our teas from a number of different origins across the globe, including India, Sri Lanka, China, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, but the specific estates are a secret! All the teas we source are then brought home to Beaminster, Dorset, where we take loving care to blend them, and check the quality to ensure they are just right before they are packed for their journey on to our customers.
We try very hard to source 100% Fairtrade ingredients, but it’s not always possible. However, we do work closely with our suppliers to strive to ensure all our ingredients are ethically sourced.
The majority of the packaging we use is recyclable where facilities exist, but unfortunately it has not been possible to achieve this for all the packaging components across our range.
Dietary Requirements FAQs
We use the carbon dioxide method to remove the caffeine from our decaffeinated teas, because it’s better for the planet than some other methods which use chemicals such as Ethyl Acetate and Methylene Chloride. You can read more about it here.
Most of our infusions (those which do not contain any tea, Camellia Sinensis) are naturally caffeine free, but some do contain caffeine. For those which do contain caffeine, we put a little note on the back of packs, near the ingredients list.
Tea is a natural product and there are lots of variables which can affect the exact caffeine content, including preparation. We only measure caffeine levels in our decaf tea, but to give you an idea, you can assume there’s approximately 40 – 70mg of caffeine in a cup of everyday tea.
We do not use any nuts within our products or factory, and work really, really hard to keep nut contamination risk as low as possible.
We work very hard to minimise the risk of gluten getting into our products, so we can say there’s no gluten in our drinks, until you dunk in a biscuit.
Unfortunately the cost of international postage and various export restrictions mean we can’t open our competition to international entrants, but this is something we’re working on!
Supermarkets are constantly adjusting their ranges, and if you can’t find the blend you’re looking for, just ask the Store Manager – they do listen!
Please drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to chat to us about international distribution opportunities.
Clipper Teas are supplied by a number of distributors worldwide; to find out where to buy our drinks, please visit this page to contact one of our international distributors directly. Of course, you’re welcome to buy from our online shop. For any questions about international online orders please contact email@example.com.
We sell our teas throughout the UK’s supermarkets, including Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda, Morrisions, Waitrose and Booths, online through our webshop, Ocado and Amazon, and through lots of lovely health food stores and independent retailers.
Unbleached Bags FAQ
For more information about our unbleached bags head to our unbleached FAQ page.