Graphic designer Kirsty Munro likes to think outside the box – and when she wanted a change of career, loose leaf tea provided the perfect inspiration.
Kirsty enrolled on a tea masterclass, tracked down a tea importer and in December she launched her new business, Tea Box, from her home in Hunters Bar.
The business aims to embrace traditional values while also developing innovative flavours and combinations. Quality is crucial and all Kirsty’s tea is packed by hand.
Within weeks the idea had taken off and Tea Box now supplies hundreds of customers, not only across the UK, but also in Canada, Portugal and France.
“It really took me by surprise. I never knew loose leaf tea was so popular,” says Kirsty, a founder member of the Sheffield Food group.
Customers are invited to send in flavour combinations, with prizes for winning entries: “We tried Apple Strudel, which tasted awful! Also chocolate and lapsang which was overpowering.”
But popular at the moment is Kirsty’s summery Strawberry Punch blend, while her hot predictions for autumn include Chocolate Leaf.
Having established the online business, she is now concentrating on wholesale, supplying locals including Snap Deli at Banner Cross and Totley Deli.
And Tea Box hosts its first tea masterclass at Fancie, Sharrowvale Road, on October 26, 6.30pm. Tickets are £20 including tea, cakes, rare tea tasting and a goody bag. Tickets are available on the website: www.teaboxonline.com.
l Kirsty will also be among 20 artisan food producers taking part in a summer food and drink fair at Baslow Village Hall on Sunday.