Founder of Kanuka Tea, John Hesler, always had a passion for tea. Having worked for many years in the construction industry, tea was his tipple of choice although at the time this was more of the classic ‘builders’ tea variety. One Christmas he received a very sophisticated kettle and John decided his tea should match the kettle in sophistication. So John started trying out new varieties of loose leaf teas from around the world, experimenting with different strengths and flavours.
So began a journey of discovery. With the help of his mother-in-law and wife Beth, they set about researching, tasting and discovering different blends of tea. It was within a year of tea drinking heaven the hard work started and John set up his very own tea brand, Kanuka Tea.
John and his family decided on the name ‘Kanuka’, which originates from a tree native to Australia and New Zealand, renowned for its health properties. The name ‘Kanuka’ reminded them of Manuka honey, which also has well-documented health associations, and they wanted to make this a clear message about their brand ethos.
Kanuka Tea now boasts its very own tea house in St Albans, Hertfordshire, as well as an online store. The Kanuka concept is very different to your standard coffee or tea shop. A visit to Kanuka Tea will tantalise your senses and tempt your taste buds with a choice of over 40 loose leaf teas, which can be viewed, smelled and sampled in the unique tea wall. Here you can also learn about the origins of each tea and how best to enjoy the unique blends. For John and his family, it was really important that their customers could sample before they buy and spend time indulging and choosing from the vast array of teas available in the shop.
Kanuka Tea Shopfront – “WE SERVE FOOD” The setting is stylish, relaxed and sophisticated. There are teas for all tastes, from the three ranges: Classic, Wellbeing, and Naughty and include everything from Darjeeling, Roobois, Moringa and Rose Petal, to Strawberries and Cream and Choco Nuts tea…yum.
Take your pick from the tea wall and our staff will prepare it for you. John’s family have created their own unique blend of certain teas. Kanuka’s Earl Grey is out of this world, and even John, who is not normally a fan of this blend, agrees. In addition to the stunning array of specialist teas on offer, the menu also contains a fabulous selection of foods, from salads, cakes and energy balls, to scones and panini, most of which are gluten-free or allergy friendly – a firm choice by John and backed by his family.
The Kanuka experience doesn’t stop at drinking and sampling the teas: it has a stunning range of stylish and contemporary tea related accessories and gift items, including adorable cups and saucer sets, beautiful chrome caddies and gorgeous spoons. The selection complements the Kanuka tea offering, offering elegant tea accessories for those who want to fully appreciate their tea and creating ideal gifts for tea-loving relatives. Of course, all teas are also available to purchase to enjoy at home or give as a gift, and come perfectly packaged in little tea pouches.
Kanuka Tea offers a unique tea experience and provides a refreshing change and a more relaxing atmosphere to the typical coffee shop. Nestled in the chic hub of St Albans, in Christopher Place, and open every day, this is a tea stop you will want to take your time over. Come and relax and visit Kanuka Tea at 3b Christopher Place, St Albans, Hertfordshire. AL3 5DQ.