Leaf Tea Travel Kit

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 August, 2007, 12:00am

What is it? A chic way to guarantee the perfect cup of tea while travelling. The Leaf Tea Travel Kit is a stylish pure wool 'envelope' measuring 13cm x 13cm x 3cm and weighing 150 grams, designed by Parisian company Les Petites Emplettes. It unfolds to reveal six tins of loose leaf tea and individual cup filters. Each recyclable and refillable tin contains enough for two cups.

Why do I need one? There is a good reason why people have been drinking tea for more than a millennium. Tea contains healthy antioxidants and boasts cardiovascular protective properties, not

to mention half the calories of a cup of coffee. But tea quality varies considerably and the stewed concoction proffered in-flight or in hotel mini-bars bears little resemblance to a well-brewed cup. The limited edition Leaf Tea Travel Kit (500 available) means you have everything at hand to prepare a good quality cup of tea whenever you need it.

Tell us more. The kit comes with a Surprise Selection of teas, or you may choose your favourite blends from Leaf Tea's range of natural, fair-trade teas. The online store has beautifully designed accessories and useful information about tea.

Leaf teas include Earl Grey, organic blue oolong, black tea scented with rose or lychee, black tea from Nepal, green tea scented with osmanthus flowers, white tea and Darjeeling. Ten per cent of profits are donated to charity.

What's the downside? While the travel kit is ideal for a long weekend getaway, Leaf Tea's limited edition portable tea kit (GBP17/HK$270) is more convenient for a shorter trip. This mini set includes five small tins filled with natural leaf teas and non-bleached natural-fibre tea filters in a cotton zipped pouch. Measuring 18cm x 11.5cm and weighing 100 grams, it is small enough to slip into a handbag.

Where can I find one? The Leaf Tea Travel Kit costs GBP35 and is available online at www.leafshop.co.uk. Delivery to Hong Kong can be arranged.