I am meeting Vic, the Trainee Manager in the Nottingham shop, who is just as heart-warming as the cup of milk oolong chai tea she places in front of me. One of the special autumn collection blends and perfect for everyone who is new to the world of chai teas. With subtle tones of ginger, cinnamon and chili, it is not too spicy; the ideal drink for a cold day.
Like all great things, Bird & Blend started really small. The two founders Krisi and Mike first started mixing different tea flavours in the bedroom of Krisi’s Mum.
Since then, the two have opened 7 stores in the UK and ship their products worldwide - “Spreading happiness one cup at a time”; a concept they stayed true to right from the beginning.
By giving discount to those who bring their own containers, the Bird & Blend team supports the plastic-free lifestyle. And speaking of Discount; they offer a 10% student discount, too! But even without those perks, prices starting at £3.20 for 8 to 10 cups of tea are pretty reasonable for the kind of quality you won’t find in the aisle of a supermarket.
Being new to the British culture of tea, Vic recommends blends like the “Great British Cuppa” for the traditional taste, “Rhubarb and Custard” for the sweeter tooth, or the “Chocolate Digestives” for not-so-guilty pleasure.
There’s always a seasonal limited collection, this autumn featuring blends like “Milk & Honey”, “Ginger Nuts” or “Honey I’m Comb”, all completely vegan. But the highlight is their collection of 19 different flavours of Matcha, the world’s biggest collection actually! Did you know that this green powder is the best hangover-destroyer and a detox wonder for the liver? Make sure to have some of it at home for the morning after your next party night!