JING & Aqua Kyoto - Tea Pairing

Sunday 31 January 2016 by Sarah

JING Nilgiri Frost with Salmon, organic genmaicha Nabe and green tea soba

Channelling health and wellbeing for the start of 2016, aqua kyoto's Head Chef Paul Greening has developed a unique and exciting JING tea-Infused menu that will be available from 11th January until 5th March. Each dish on the three-course menu cleverly incorporates the subtle flavours of different teas. We were thrilled to work together with Aqua Kyoto to curate a bespoke menu of the highest quality teas to pair with each dish.

These range from our famed Darjeeling 1st Flush which accompanies the crisp, rich flavours of the Sencha tea asparagus tempura starter, to the fragrant and delicate notes of Nilgiri Frost, which provides a refreshing contrast to the deep and warming flavours of the Salmon and organic genmaicha Nabe main.

JING White Peony with Hojicha braised octopus, mizuna salad and tensu yuzu foam

Guests will leave feeling refreshed and revitalised after ending their meal with a traditional Matcha tea, whisked and the table and served with a stunning Bergamot tea panna cotta and violet ice cream.

With a striking terrace overlooking Regent Street, Aqua Kyoto provides a hidden sanctuary in the heart of the West End. Head Chef Paul Greening brings more than twenty years of culinary experience to the Restaurant, where purity, health and wellbeing are notable influences in his cooking.

For the full menu and details of reservations visit their website here.

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BBC Investigation into Assam Tea Gardens

Wednesday 9 September 2015 by JING Tea

Today the BBC have released a report raising concerns on conditions in a number of tea gardens in Assam.

We welcome this report and appreciate the importance of this kind of investigation. Tea industry workers, their welfare and their treatment concerns us directly. We consider that the BBC’s findings will provide additional impetus to improve working and living conditions for those whose livelihood depends on the tea industry, particularly in Assam.

We form part of the Ethical Tea Partnership and work with them closely. Our ethical sourcing process covers both internal and external audits. We follow Ethical Trade Initiative principles; we work together with The Ethical Tea Partnership to ensure appropriate auditing of tea gardens.

The Ethical Tea Partnership is a membership organisation of 40 international tea companies. Its members collaborate to make a positive difference in tea growing regions, striving to improve the lives and livelihoods of people who produce tea. JING fully supports its work and remains committed to its aims. The issues the report highlights underscore why such an organisation exists and is needed.

The ETP have a clear focus on Assam as a region and are taking many positive steps to improve the lives of workers on tea estates. Some of these are:

IMPROVING SANITATION:
Sanitation in India is a major challenge. 75% of surface water in India is contaminated by sewage and almost half the Indian population don’t have access to a toilet. There is increasing investment by tea producers but there remains much more to be done.

TRAINING & SUPPORT TO IMPROVE STANDARDS:
Agrochemical management is particularly resistant to change; poor practice remains deeply embedded. The issue accordingly receives continued ETP focus.

ELIMINATING CHILD LABOUR & EXPLOITATION:
41% of Indian children fail to complete 8 years of education. ETP have entered into a major partnership with UNICEF in Assam, working with 350 communities linked to more than 100 tea estates, aiming to offer young people a brighter future.

IMPROVING WAGES & BENEFITS:
ETP and Oxfam are educating organisations to raise understanding about wages, benefits and basic needs, and address concerns about wages and benefits in the tea industry.

We are mindful of potential issues within Assam as we are with all tea origins from which we source. We do not buy from any gardens highlighted as substandard by the BBC as at the date of this release. If any tea gardens that we do work with fall below ETP standards, then we will cease our relationship until appropriate improved working and living conditions are
confirmed.

We firmly believe that Assam is one of the world’s great teas. The solution to the issues raised by the BBC report will be achieved through collaboration and cooperation via industry bodies. These bodies include the ETP, other charities and Indian bodies, such as Trustea, who aim to ensure that value is shared for everyone at each stage of tea production.

Find out more about the Ethical Tea Partnership


Ceremony & Travel

Monday 10 August 2015 by Sarah

Chamomile Flower Field

As the holiday season draws to a close, we’ve been reflecting on travel and the importance of ceremony and connecting with others when away. The physical act of travelling,whether it be to far flung shores or closer to home, brings with it a change of perspective and an opportunity to celebrate being with the ones you love.

Sharing in the mutual appreciation of simple and much needed indulgent pleasures relaxes and invigorates the mind. Whether it be an inspiring view, delicious plate of food, or fine wine, the luxury of time allows us to enjoy these moments a little longer when we travel.

Traditional Gaiwan Ceremony

For us, tea and travel complement each other perfectly. A time to engage both the senses and the mind, our loose tea leaves unfurl and come to life in our hand blown glass teaware, allowing infusion of aromas and clarity of colour. It is an absorbing and uplifting ceremony for the spirit.

In a world of distraction, we all need focus. Enjoy escaping with your JING Tea Ceremony.

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