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BELGIUM'S FINEST TEA

COLLECTION

Vascobelo's passion has always been coffee, and it is our goal to serve the best coffee in the world. After all these years fulfilling our mission, we have found yet another product we are more than passionate about: Tea.

 

To be able to serve our customers the finest selections of tea, we have spent an enormous amount of time and effort to find the leaves and flowers of the highest quality from the most sustainable and fair farmers. Today, we are exceptionally proud to announce the launch of a tea collection with a wide range of premium loose leaf teas.

Thus, from today on we not only serve you Belgium's finest coffee but also ​the ultimate tea experience that is redefined through the finest selections of hand-picked tea leaves fanned with pristine air and nurtured by the farmers who pluck with great precision just for you.

 

We promise to serve each cup to perfection and satisfy your taste buds with our fourteen Vascobelo blends. While you enjoy these, we are working hard to explore other flavors to bring your tea experience to another level.

 

We cordially invite you to try our finest tea collection now.

HIGHLIGHT OF A LONG JOURNEY

Each cup of good tea is the result of remarkable achievements by everyone involved in this wonderful, enjoyable product: from the experienced tea farmers in the origin countries and the skillful pickers, to the individual skilled workers in the gardens who process the fresh tea leaves into high-quality dried tea.

PRODUCT VARIETY

With the diversity of products purchased from over 130 countries, we fulfill just about every wish and provide our customers with everything a tea lover’s heart could possibly desire: black, green, white and yellow teas, oolong, rooibos, decaffeinated teas, organic teas and other certified

products like Fairtrade, UTZ and Rainforest Alliance, hand-crafted teas and not least a variety of flavored teas.

 

Add to that a vast selection of high-quality fruits, herbs and spices for the production of individual tea blends.

EXPERTISE IN ACTION

 Each tea is extensively inspected several times –

immediately after harvest, upon shipping, and finally when it reaches our warehouse in Hamburg. Purchasing and sales aspects both play a role during these processes.

QUALITY IS KING

 

The top priority in our work is to ensure quality. It takes precedence at all stages of production at our plant as well as in our purchase negotiations. With continuous checks and tastings, we ensure that the high standard of our offer remains constant. Our own quality assurance program guides the selection of our suppliers. We are in close contact with our partners in the origin countries, have them audited regularly, and check the quality of the raw materials from production to delivery – in a certified, reliable and transparent way that can be traced by our customers. In fact, we guarantee traceability of the finished product back to its source. Sensory and analytical tests are carried out both in our company, as well as by renowned, third-party testing laboratories.

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BLACK TEAS FROM DARJEELING

Darjeeling is one of the most famous tea-producing regions of the world. Grown on the slopes of the Himalayas, Darjeeling teas are of absolute top quality, with a special and elegant flavour that is consistently impressive across all harvests. At the end of 2011 the EU defined the denomination Darjeeling as a protected geographical indication (PGI).

 

DARJEELING FIRST FLUSH

In March, after the winter lull, the first tender shoots are harvested in the mountains. The most expressive and delicate early teas are flown out by plane and are

therefore available in specialist shops as early as the beginning of April. The teas shipped by boat arrive just a few weeks later. These teas from the spring picking in March and April are characterized by a light, glowing cup, a fresh, flowery flavor, lively character, intensive fragrance and delicate leaves with green tips.

CHINA SCENTED GREEN TEA

Green teas enhanced with the addition of flowers are a typical Chinese speciality and the precursor of flavored teas. Finished, unfermented and dried green tea is blended with fresh flower petals, which are removed and replaced with fresh ones several times. The delicate green teas take on the fine scent of the flowers in a gentle, natural way. For top-quality teas this process is repeated more often, so that the

scent is more pronounced than in more ordinary varieties. Incidentally: The amount of flowers visible in the finished product is not an indicator of the intensity of the flowery note – they are left in the tea merely for an attractive look.

OOLONG

 

In Chinese, Oolong means “red dragon”. These semi-fermented teas come mostly from south-eastern China and Taiwan. They have a sweetish taste, and premium

varieties also boast an elegantly floral, peach-like note.

FLAVORED BLACK TEA

 

These flavored varieties are based on fine black teas of excellent quality. In combination with carefully selected flavors and perfect ingredients, they turn every individual cup into a delicious taste indulgence.

ROOIBOS

 

Rooibos is the popular national drink of South Africa. It is caffeine-free, full of flavor and rich in minerals and vitamins. Its natural sweetness makes it a real pleasure in both its plain and flavored varieties. Rooibos grows only in the South African Cape region and is harvested between January and May. As soon as the picked “brooms” are cut and pressed and the juice seeps out, natural fermentation sets in. Rooibos (red bush) acquires its characteristic red colour and full flavor during fermentation.

 

To produce green rooibos this fermentation is stopped. Green rooibos is much lighter in taste than fermented rooibos.

The honeybush (cyclopia intermedia) grows in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, in the Cederberg mountains. It produces a tea that is caffeine-free and rich in minerals and vitamins, much like rooibos. Compared with rooibos, honeybush is generally perceived as more full-bodied. Its fruity, sweetish and honey-like taste is becoming increasingly popular.

Important information for your customers: Always use boiling hot water to prepare fruit, herbal and rooibos tea and let it brew for at least five to eight minutes! That is the only way to obtain a safe food.

CHINA BLACK TEA

The vast realm of China, where the growing regions are at great distances from one another, produces a wide variety of black teas with entirely different flavors: mild and delicate, slightly sweet and fragrant, strong and earthy – and often with a discernible smoky nuance.

CHINA GREEN TEA

 

The better part of all green tea produced worldwide comes from China, the “motherland” of tea. Green teas – unlike black teas – are not fermented. The colour of the leaves varies from light green and shiny silver to a dark emerald green, the infusion is light. Depending on the type of tea and the preparation, the flavor ranges from slightly tart to pleasantly sweetish and aromatic.

 

In general, green teas are not prepared with boiling hot water, instead the water is allowed to cool down to the desired temperature. Recommendations for the preparation

of green tea are as manifold as the tea leaves, growing areas and processing. Depending on the type of tea and personal preference, the recommended water temperature ranges from 70 to 90 degrees Celsius and the brewing time from one

to three minutes. The rule of thumb is: the better the tea, the lower the water temperature and the longer the brewing time.

Green teas should definitely be infused several times. Many tea lovers particularly prefer the second and third infusion. But this, too, is a question of preference.

JAPAN

Teas from Japan are nearly all green and unfermented. The best-known variety is Sencha, Japan’s everyday tea, which is available in a variety of different grades. As the soil has a fairly high iodine content, a subtle taste of seaweed is characteristic for Japanese teas. Concerns that all Japanese teas might be contaminated in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster have fortunately been disproven. In any event, all Japanese teas undergo intensive controls. After strict examinations in the tea gardens and upon leaving Japan, the goods are tested for radiation yet again on entering the EU.

FLAVORED FRUIT BLENDS

 

Our choice blends offer a deliciously fruity treat composed of well-known domestic as well as exotic fruits. Select ingredients and excellent flavorings combine to form

tasty compositions that can be enjoyed hot or iced, as a delightful refreshment.

Important information for your customers: Always use boiling hot water to prepare fruit, herbal and rooibos tea and let it brew for at least five to eight minutes! That is the only way to obtain a safe food.

HERBAL BLENDS

 

Whether plain, flavored or mixed with Ayurvedic spices, our herbal blends are an indulgence for the whole family, wherever, whenever and however you like it.

 

Important information for your customers: Always use boiling hot water to prepare fruit, herbal and rooibos tea, and let it brew for at least five to eight minutes! This is

the only way to obtain a safe food.

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