Review – Bluebird Tea Co.
We all know that Brighton and Hove is a fairly saturated market when it comes to coffee. Made ever-more cool in recent years, the dark, hot beverage is drunk by thousands of us from our favourite independents each and every day. But what about tea? Can Bluebird Tea Co, a new, independent tea shop sway the cappuccino-lovers of Brighton towards something different?
Opening its doors three months ago, Bluebird Tea Co. is run by Mike and Krisi, a couple who utilised their shared love of tea, plus business knowledge, in order to bring the Bluebird brand to Brighton.
Originally trading online and heavily influenced by Canadian tea trends, the duo saw an opportunity for world-class tea mixology to be introduced to the United Kingdom. And, luckily for us, they chose Brighton as the city in which to do so.
Nestled beautifully on Gardner Street in the North Laine, Bluebird Tea Co. is hip, cool with a touch of Brighton quirkiness. The shop itself is sparse with emphasis on drawing attention to both the magnificent tea blends, takeaway drinks counter, and scaffolding shelves stocked with trendy tea pots, strainers and equipment for both novice and experienced tea-drinkers. Many of the gadgets on sale are from independent startups, with Bluebird openly supporting Kickstarter campaigns to ensure that great tea gizmos can get off the ground.
The range of teas here is extraordinary: green, black, mate, rooibos, herbal and oolong all ad