The Tea Lover's Advent Calendar 2019

Our loose-leaf Tea Advent Calendar is back!

If you love tea, and fancy trying a different brew each day, we have 24 teas and infusions just for you.

The charming advent calendar is illustrated in a traditional German festice picture book style and is an exciting way to try new tea infusions!

 

What is Advent?

Advent means 'the arrival of a notable person or thing'. It is a word associated with excitement, anticipation and joy. In the Christian calendar, Advent is the festive season in the run-up to Christmas, beginning on a Sunday nearest the feast day of St Andrew the Apostle.

These days, advent calendars begin on 1st December and mark the beginning of the countdown to Christmas. We've all felt the excitement of opening the little paper door to reveal a festive picture or chocolate - trying our hardest not to scoff them all on the first day!

You might think that traditional advent calendars have been around for centuries, but the earliest advent calendars originate from Germany in the mid-1800s. Paper pictures were hung on walls, and candles were lit each day until Christmas Eve. The advent calendar we know and love today may have other origins. Accounts suggest that the little illustrated paper doors revealing pictures, candles or chocolate were published by a bookshop owner in Hamburg in 1902. Since then, the popularity and excitement around them for families across Europe and beyond grew and grew, and today, Advent Calendars take on many shapes and forms. One thing is for sure, they insight joy and anticipation during the festivities, for both children and adults.

 

Tea Advent Calendar

At Cup of Tea, we're all about tea, and our Tea Advent Calendar is aimed to excite the curious tea drinker with a hint of festive cheer.

Each day, you can experience a new tea or infusion of black tea, green tea, herbal and fruit tea.

Our Tea Advent Calendars contain 10g of loose-leaf tea at each door opening, which is great for sharing and enough to make a pot of 4-5 cups.

The advent collection contains classic teas but also flavoured festive blends that we are sure you'll love. We stock many of the teas in larger volumes, so if you fancy a certain tea, you know you can come back for more!


Rooibos Snowflurry Tea

Rooibos Snowflurry loose leaf tea

Our NEW Rooibos Snowflurry tea is a gorgeous blend of the famous South African herbal tea with warming notes of orange, cinnamon and coconut pieces. This classic winter tea is naturally caffeine-free with a sweet and warming finish.

 

1823 Afternoon Tea

1823 Afternoon Tea

An elegant Ceylon black tea with soft caramel and cocoa notes.

 

Oolong Ti Dung Tea

Oolong Ti Dung loose leaf tea

Our Oolong Ti Dung loose-leaf is a very special tea from Taiwan. The mildly fermented tea leaves create a surprisingly soft and fine nutty brew.

 

Christmas Punch Tea

Tasty winter fruits with the typical Christmas spices, topped with delicious apple pieces.

 

Vanilla Chai Tea

An aromatic flavoured black tea with spice blend mixed with the gentle taste of vanilla.

 

Vanilla Apple Tea

Vanilla Apple Tea

This Vanilla Apple tea is truly delicious! A flavoured blend of green tea and baked apple, the lovely composition of Sencha green tea and apple goes well with a hint of sweet vanilla.

 

Colombian Black Tea

A fine, mild black tea with gentle honey notes and light fruitiness. Expressive and full-bodied tea.

 

Cinnamon Plum Tea

Cinnamon Plum loose leaf tea

A warming fruity tea; plums, elderberry, apple and sweet pineapple flavoured with small cinnamon pieces and currants.

 

Rooibos Cape Orange Tea

 A caffeine-free rooibos tea, accented with the aromatic fullness of blood orange.

 

Cosy Peat Fire Tea

Delicious fruit tea with apple, rooibos, almonds and cinnamon. Especially warming in the colder months.

 

Ginger & Lemon Tea

Ginger and Lemon loose leaf tea

A refreshing herbal infusion of ginger and lemon and the natural warmth of ginger. This blend is perfectly balanced by the cool freshness of the lemongrass and the rich minty aroma.

 

Nice-Cream Tea

A creamy, soft tea with a hint of fruit, blended with mellow teas from the North of India. A special tasting experience!

 

Jasmine with Petals Tea

Jssmine with Petals loose leaf tea

Our Chinese green tea with Jasmine flowers is a refined tea with hints of floral aromatics creating harmony in a cup.

 

Apple Crumble Tea

A malted black tea with sweet apple, cinnamon and toffee notes. Tastes like homemade apple crumble!

 

Winter Fairy Tale Tea

Winter Fairy Tale loose leaf tea

Winter Fairy Tale is Christmas in a cup! Indian Black tea with hints of orange, cinnamon and rose petals is a delicious, festive blend that smells absolutely divine.

 

Baked Red Apple Tea

Flavoured fruit tea with baked apple notes. A Christmas fruit explosion in your cup!

 

Milky Oolong Tea

Milky Oolong loose leaf tea

Our Milky Oolong is a rare tea. The tea leaves are steamed with milk and rolled into small balls adding a fine appearance to a wonderful tea.

 

Dew Drop Tea

Sparkling flavoured sencha green tea with pineapple and strawberry.

 

Sea Buckthorn Tea

 A flavoured fruit tea of sea buckthorn mixed with delicious fruits which offers a sweet-scented cup.

 

Feel Fit Tea

Feel Fit loose leaf tea

This Feel Fit herbal infusion is a lively caffeine-free blend with hints of refreshing green apple and aroma of juicy lemons.

 

Chocolate Chai Tea

Sensual Chai tea with soft nougat and cocoa notes combined with strong spices and a slight ginger sharpness.

 

Morning Dew Tea

Morning Dew loose leaf tea

Our Morning Dew is a fascinating composition of large leaf sencha with delicately fruity aromas and petals, making it one unforgettable tea!

 

Strawberry Basil Tea

 A delightful herbal tea with sweet strawberry and basil. A highly aromatic tea with sweet notes.

 

Cocoa Kisses Tea

A full-bodied black tea with subtle cocoa notes.

  

 

Fun Facts About Advent

 

  • Advent comes from the Latin adventus, meaning 'arrival'; it was meant to be a season of fasting and contemplation, in preparation for the feast of Christmas
  • The first Advent calendars containing chocolate were produced by Cadbury in 1958.
  • In Britain and America, a quarter of all personal spending for the year takes place in December.
  • In Nordic countries there is a tradition of having an Advent television series that starts on December 1 and runs until Christmas Eve. 
  • The most expensive Advent Calendar cost $50,000 and was available from Harrods in 2007. It was a 4-foot Christmas tree shaped structure from elm and walnut wood. Each of the 24 compartments contained a piece of organic chocolate from Green and Black. The proceeds went to support cocoa farmers in Belize
  •  Although the modern Christmas colours are usually red and green, the traditional colour for the church is almost always a vibrant purple. 
  •  The world’s largest ever advent calendar was built in 2007 in St Pancras Station, London to mark the station’s refurbishment. 
  • Advent chocolate is said to taste “different” to normal chocolate because its rounded shape causes it to melt faster on our tongues and we savour the flavour more.
  •  The loose-leaf teas in our Tea Advent Calendar come from 9 different countries around the world!

 

Posted by Alicja McCarthy
3rd October 2019

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