Bewley's Special Blend Fairtrade 80 Tea Bags (Best By Mar 2020)

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Bewleys Special Blend Fairtrade Tea in a Box of 80 Tea Bags
Bewley's Special Blend Fairtrade Tea is grown east of the Rift Valley high on the slopes of Mount Kenya. Expertly blended, this richly colored and truly exclusive tea is brimming with distinctive aromas and wonderful flavors. And the Fairtrade premium Bewley's pay helps growers make a vital contribution to their communities. While you are enjoying the perfect cup of tea every time with Bewley’s Special Blend Fairtrade Tea, remember it’s also helping to make a difference.

Tea leaves from Africa.

Brand History:
Bewleys Tea, Dublin Ireland

Bewley's was established in 1840 and is one of Ireland's leading brands. Today, Bewley's remains a leading household name and is Ireland's leading supplier of quality coffees and teas. Bewley's is best known for its cafes throughout Ireland.

Bewley's is a historic company. In 1835, Charles Bewley imported the first tea into Ireland from China with over 2000 chests of tea. It was the first time tea was shipped direct to Ireland. In 1833, the monopoly held by the East India trading company was broken. Tea merchants all over the world were free to do business. Charles Bewley was the first merchant who exercised that freedom. However, it was Charles brother Joshua that founded the company that was to become Bewley's.

Joshua set up as a tea merchant in 1840, and by 1850, his company, The China Tea Company, was boasting a large client base and brisk sales. In 1875, he moved the company and established a new trading identity there as Charles Bewley and Co. Tea Merchants.

Joshua's son, Ernest, joined his father and brother, Charles, in the firm and worked long hours to build up the shop's trade in tea, sugar, coffee and oriental decorative goods. When brother Charles emigrated in 1890, Ernest was left in charge of the firm. Over the next 40 years, Ernest oversaw development of a new dimension to the business, the Oriental Cafes.

Ernest was a stickler for punctuality and honesty and his pursuit of quality and style was reflected in all aspects of the business. He hired the best continental bakers, dressed the cafes in a richly distinctive oriental decor and kept the menu simple: tea, coffee, rolls, sticky buns and eggs, poached, boiled or scrambled.

In his quest for perfection Ernest acquired a farm and started a Jersey cow herd that provided milk and cream of legendary quality for the cafes. He won prizes at the royal Dublin Show for cattle and butter, his smartly turned out horse drawn delivery vans and even his roses!

For business people and well-heeled shoppers, the Bewley's cafes became favorite meeting places and, in true cafe society style, they were the haunt at various times of artists and writers such as James Joyce and Patrick Kavanagh.

Ernest Bewley's decision in 1927 to embark on his most prestigious venture yet, a cafe in fashionable Grafton Street, was an affirmation of the family's commitment to a city that had come through a period of great political and social change. Fitted out in the distinctive Bewley's style, the new cafe had 6 magnificent stained glass windows commissioned from the artist Harry Clarke. Their rich kaleidoscope of colors still lends an exotic atmosphere to the ground-floor of the Grafton Street site.

Ernest's death in 1932 marked the end of an era for the firm. Despite failing health, he had managed to see the Grafton Street project to completion but was denied the satisfaction of knowing that in ten years' time the cafes would provide 40% of the company's profits.

Victor, Ernest's 20-year-old son, stepped into his father's legendary shoes. Despite being a naturally shy young man, he quickly gained the respect of the staff employed in the three cafes, two bakeries, and a small chocolate factory.

The shortages of the war years brought further changes in eating patterns and a scarcity of tea resulted in an increase in coffee consumption, a trend that had become a permanent one by the 1950's. Today Bewley's continues to be a market leader in both tea and coffee. Maintaining strict control over sourcing and production, Bewley's is your passport to the world of fine teas.

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  • 5
    Love my Bewley's

    Posted by Susan on Aug 31st 2018

    I have been ordering Bewley's(my favorite tea) from Tea Dog for a few years & will continue to do so as long as you carry it. Bewley's is a full-bodied tea with a wonderful flavor. I would recommend it to anyone!!

  • 5
    A good start to the day!

    Posted by altbleon on Jul 4th 2018

    Bewley's Fairtrade Special Blend is turning out to be one of my favorites. I like to let it steep for 4 mins at about 195ᄚF which brings out a rich, smooth buttery flavor. It's a very nice way to start the day!

  • 5
    None better

    Posted by teawyo on Jan 13th 2017

    One of the very best in the Teadog lineup. All the Bewleys are first-rate, but this is a notch above (along with the Irish Breakfast and its touch of darjeeling). Bewleys Special is dark and distinctive, better when steeped a bit longer, in my opinion. I enjoy trying different varieties from Teadog, but this is one I am never without.

  • 5
    Only way to start the day!

    Posted by Unknown on Feb 6th 2016

    This is a strong breakfast blend. Smooth and bold.

  • 5
    When you want strong.

    Posted by Christina Slayton on Jan 6th 2016

    This is the real pick me up late AM.
    I do not go past early afternoon for this one.

  • 5
    Love my Bewley's

    Posted by Unknown on Oct 29th 2015

    I enjoy a cup of Bewley's Tea each & every morning!! Delicious & soothing!!

  • 5
    Smooth sailing tea

    Posted by Glenn Webb on Mar 29th 2014

    Smoothest, silkiest black tea I have ever tasted.

  • 5
    Very Satisfied

    Posted by Sharon Chamberlain on Jan 30th 2014

    Very satisfied with the taste, quality, and convenience of Bewley's tea bags, and want to support a Fair Trade product.

  • 5
    Bewley's Tea

    Posted by Susan Sweeris on Oct 30th 2013

    If you love a strong tea, you will love Bewley's. And the tea tastes great in the Bewley's mug.

  • 4
    I like this tea and drink it every day.

    Posted by Robert on Jan 21st 2011

    I drink tea several times a day;
    with half and half and sugar.

  • 5
    This is a winner don't stop making it.

    Posted by Kanjiro on Dec 6th 2010

    Ok this tea dominates along with PG Tips...I switch out between these two teas during the day and evening If I can't make up my mind what to drink, this or the PG Tips always gets the call. I have several others, but these two are for sure the go to Teas for me other than in the morning which Barry's Classic has locked down. This Tea is definitely a winner, I hope they don't stop making it.

  • 5
    Best Black Tea

    Posted by Francesca on Nov 11th 2010

    Really fantastic quality, strong black tea. Should not be brewed for any longer than recommended, will get bitter quickly with over-brewing. Starts my morning every day.