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Bewley's Irish Afternoon Loose 8.8 Ounces

Bewley's Irish Afternoon Loose 8.8 Ounces

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Price Per Cup: $0.14 Per Cup
Body: Medium Bodied
Apperance: Amber, Clear
Aroma: Floral, Mellow
Ingredients: Black Tea
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Bewley's Irish Afternoon 8.8 Ounces/250 Grams of Loose Tea

This new packaging puts the tea in a resealable pouch for easier storage.

Picture yourself tasting tea at an estate in Rwanda. Then, you go off to do the same at tea estates east of the Rift Valley in Kenya. Satisfied you have the best African tea leaves, you next visit tea estates in India's Assam region. These are the tea leaves Bewley's uses to make their Irish Afternoon Tea.

To create Irish Afternoon Tea, Bewley's blend tea leaves from these countries and regions to create a specific taste. Bewley's Irish Afternoon is 100% tea leaves.

Bewley's Irish Afternoon Tea brews a golden color and has a light and smooth taste with a subtle jolt.
Bewley's Irish Afternoon Tea comes in tea bags or loose tea. The tea bags only available in the traditional square shape. On the front of the 80 tea bag box and loose tea package is an image of the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland.

Plus, it is an award-winning tea. Bewley's Irish Afternoon Tea was recognized with a gold medal at the 2010 Guild of Fine Food's Great Taste Awards.

As a black tea, it is best to add a dash of milk and sweetener (sugar, honey or whatever you choose). Although it says afternoon, the tea can be consumed any time of day. To make the best Bewley's Irish Breakfast, steep the tea for 3 to 5 minutes.

Actually, Irish Afternoon is part of Bewley's International Range mostly for export. Tea drinkers in Ireland typically drink Bewley's Gold or a similar tea.

Irish Breakfast is another common type of tea. Because Breakfast Teas have traditionally been consumed as soon as you wake up, these teas tender to be stronger than Irish Afternoon Teas. Rather, Irish Afternoon Teas tend to be lighter and smoother and just provide a little jolt you need to get going later in the day. However, Irish Afternoon Teas should always be a black tea.

Just as you can find English Breakfast Teas, you will also find English Afternoon Teas.

In tea making, cupping means to taste and evaluate tea leaves for such factors and aroma, body, briskness, color and more. This is required to discover the qualities of the tea so consistent blends can be produced. As a natural product, tea leaves from the same geographic region can taste vastly different. This steps means the tea consistently taste the same and is of a good quality.

First, Bewley's visits tea growers across India's Assam region as well as Rwanda and Kenya in Africa to begin selecting the best tea leaves to use for Irish Afternoon. Bewleys examines tea leaves for appearance, taste, color, strength and briskness.

Then, Bewley's Master Tea Blender gets samples different varieties of tea. These samples are then reviewed for leaf size and quality. A thorough cupping is then conducted. Bewley's even has a dedicated cupping room so outside distractions can be eliminated. The best teas are then chosen and Bewley's purchases these from tea growers. Upon arrival at the Bewley's facility in Dublin, Ireland, the Irish Afternoon Tea can be created.

Then, the best tea leaves are purchased and shipped back to Bewley's plant in Dublin, Ireland. After arrival in Ireland, the tea leaves are tasted again to ensure they taste the same as they did before purchase at the tea estate.

Now, comes the hard part. How do you blend tea from different regions to get the same taste in every cup of Bewley's Irish Afternoon Tea? Adding to the complexity is that fact that each crop of tea can vary in taste. Weather may alter the taste of it may not be possible to obtain from the same tea estates every year. But, the tea leaves have to be blended to ensure the same taste every time a cup of Bewley's Irish Breakfast is consumed.


Tea leaves from Africa, Rwanda and Kenya, as well as the Assam valley in India.

Brand History:
Bewley's 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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 29 reviews
Bewley’s Irish afternoon tea- loose

Love this tea! I have had it before -so good!

Connie Ambrose
A Lovely Fragrant Blend

Love this tea anytime whether iced or hot with a bit of honey and a sweet treat in the afternoon. More so on the cold, blustery days of March.

Wendi Maloney

Love this tea!

C. L Ambrose

The tea is a favorite of my husband hot or cold! It has a nice fragrance when brewed. Clear color.

Kevin Barrett
My mandatory morning tea

I have been drinking Bewley's loose leaf tea for years now. I enjoy at least one cup each morning. I know this is 'afternoon' tea but I need a little more kick first thing in the morning. It's very smooth with magnificent flavour. Can't live without it!