Meet teapigs, Brentford's Best Tea Company
They make tea in temples not bags
I visited teapigs last Thursday to have a chat with Nick Kilby, co-founder of teapigs. He didn't have much of a problem selling the concept of teapigs as I'm already a customer and have always drunk real tea.
There will be 17 people in this office from September, mostly local people and they pack their internet orders here for distribution. The teas come from all over the world before being packed into their tea temples. The tea temples themselves (and they really do look pretty) are made from a corn starch derivative called soilon and they feel silky.
Last time I researched teapigs which was probably about five years ago when I first purchased their wares the list of stockists was rather paltry. Now they are offered in hampers, delis, tea shops as well as Waitrose and most recently, Tesco. Many online retailers stock their products and word of mouth is spreading. In many ways this is the perfect story of how to build your own business although Nick and Louise were financed by startup capital from Tata Global Beverages, part of the family-owned multinational Tata Group who own Tetley. Despite this investment they are a small independent company committed to spreading the invitation to "drink real tea", a message I heartily support.
You've probably noticed teapigs around Brentford over the last few years. Their teas are sold in the Docking Station and often turn up as prizes. I myself won a box of super berries a few years ago at our school summer fete. This summer they had a stall at the excellent inaugural summer fair at Brentford School for Girls. The stall was manned by a student who went for work experience at teapigs and demonstrated her passion for the product.
Herbal teas are lemongrass, chamomile and peppermint.
August 1, 2013