Global Tea shortage: Cardiff traders say your daily cuppa is safe

Global warming and conflict in the Red Sea have seen tea imports struggle to get to the UK and traders warning of a tea shortage. Can you still enjoy a cup of tea in Cardiff?

The staff Colby is making Lemon tea.

Tea lovers are warned: they may not be able to buy their favourite tea.

In the last two months, the impact of the Red Sea conflict has made it difficult to transport tea from the main tea producing areas to the UK, causing a shortage of tea.

However, people in Cardiff could still get all kinds of tea, including the most popular black tea. Colby, a staff at tea shop Bird & Blend said, “Don’t worry, you can buy exactly the tea you want from us, and we won’t raise the price.”

The enduring popularity of tea can be attributed to its versatility and the comfort it provides. Tea is a companion in moments of solitude, a medium for social interaction, and a comforting ritual in times of stress. Its ability to adapt to the rhythms of daily life, coupled with the rich traditions surrounding its consumption, ensures that tea remains an integral part of Cardiff’s cultural fabric.

In Cardiff, the tradition of tea drinking is more than just a mere routine; it’s a cherished cultural hallmark that embodies the essence of British identity. Amidst the bustling streets and the serene parks, Cardiff’s residents indulge in the ritual of tea drinking, which has, over the years, become an integral part of their daily lives.

According to the UK Tea and Drinks Association (UKTIA):Tea is by far the most popular drink consumed in Britain today, with over 100,000,000 cups being drunk in the UK every single day of the year.’ This statistic reflects not only the widespread popularity of tea across the country but also its significance as a staple in the British diet. In Cardiff, this translates to countless moments of tea-infused camaraderie and solitude, as residents partake in this national pastime.

The traditional preference leans towards robust black teas, with Earl Grey and English Breakfast being particularly favoured for their rich flavours and aromatic blends. For black tea, boiling water and a steeping time of 3-5 minutes are recommended, while green tea benefits from cooler water and a shorter steeping time to preserve its delicate flavours,” Colby said.

The city’s palate for tea is diverse, with an increasing interest in green teas, herbal infusions, and exotic blends, catering to a wide range of preferences and health-conscious consumers. “Our shop has a hundred varieties of tea to satisfy people IN Cardiff who have different preferred tastes,” Colby said.

Comsumers can get access to one hundreds of tea at Bird & Blend.

“To brew a perfect cup of tea, the key lies in the quality of the tea leaves, the temperature of the water, and the brewing time, which vary depending on the type of tea,”  Colby said.

Cardiff boasts an array of tea shops and cafes that serve as havens for tea enthusiasts. Among the most beloved is Pettigrew Tea Rooms, nestled in the heart of Bute Park, offering a picturesque setting for enjoying traditional Welsh afternoon tea. Another gem is Waterloo Tea, located in various parts of the city, known for its extensive selection of loose-leaf teas and inviting atmosphere. These establishments are not just places to drink tea; they are cultural landmarks that celebrate the ritual of tea drinking.

Tea culture in Cardiff is a reflection of the city’s blend of historical heritage and contemporary lifestyle. The tradition of afternoon tea, with its assortment of scones, sandwiches, and pastries, remains a cherished ritual, symbolizing leisure and luxury. Meanwhile, the growing interest in tea ceremonies and tastings signifies a deeper appreciation for the art of tea, highlighting its role in fostering community and conversation.