Brewing up for Challenge

Master Cutler Pam Liversidge with Thomas Robjohns and Jaye Taylor of Oakbrook Tea House

Master Cutler Pam Liversidge with Thomas Robjohns and Jaye Taylor of Oakbrook Tea House

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Oakbrook Tea House is aiming to brew a new brand of success as it takes on the Master Cutler’s Challenge – by creating its own blend of tea.

The annual charity challenge encourages entrepreneurs of all ages to invest £50 and use it to raise as much as possible. This year’s cause is Cavendish Cancer Care.

The Nether Green tea room is entering into the spirit of the challenge in appropriate style by developing a unique blend of tea, to be known as the Master Cutler’s Cuppa.

A blend of Rooibos and Assam, infused with dried peach, wild raspberry leaf, blueberries and rolled peppermint, it has been specially created by owner Thomas Robjohns.

Thomas, who opened the tea room 16 months ago, wanted a tea as easy to drink as English Breakfast, but diverse enough to appeal to connoisseurs.

“We really want to tackle this challenge head on by putting our own twist on it, developing our own blend of tea that we will dedicate to the Master Cutler’s Challenge and Cavendish Cancer Care,” he said.

The blending process involved experimenting with different mixes, temperatures and brewing times.

The final result is made with water at 85-90°C, brewed for 4-5 minutes, producing a taste that starts off floral and fruity, matures to a sweet tannin and finishes with cooling mint, says Thomas.

Master Cutler Pam Liversidge – among the first to try it – has given her stamp of approval, saying: “I’m more than happy to have my name put to such a great tea.”

The Master Cutler’s Cuppa is now available at the Oakbrook Tea House, costing £3 per pot or £3.50 for two. All profits go to the charity.