Explore. Drink. Enjoy.
The idea for LuLin Teas was born when Alexandra Verhoosel started to bring tea back for her friends from her travels in China. The teas were so popular amongst her friends that she started to source rare and exotic teas to sell as part of her company “Tea & Things” in Belgium.
At the same time her son, Hans Verhoosel and his business partner Amy Gallagher were running a speciality coffee house in York, UK and found it difficult to source sustainable and traceable teas from other UK companies. So with the help of Alexandra and the knowledge and experience she had gained, Hans and Amy embarked on a trip to China that would change their lives! They quickly realised that they could find all the tea they needed in China and more – and what was even better was that they could meet the farmers and try the teas with them so they knew exactly where it was grown and even who had picked it! They chose only the best tasting and high quality whole leaf, loose leaf tea to send back.
With this concept LuLin Teas was developed and the teas were sold in the coffee house as well as online. But once the demand for the teas became so high, Amy and Hans knew they had to make a decision; continue running their coffee house or focus on sourcing and supplying teas to other coffee houses, cafes, shops, delis and department stores across the UK, Belgium and The Netherlands.
The decision was simple, loose leaf tea was now their life. And it still is!
As well as sourcing directly from tea gardens in China, Hans and Amy have expanded their repertoire to India, Sri Lanka and South Africa and who knows where the winds will take them next.
LuLin Teas has gone from strength to strength and can be found on the menu of Michelin star winning Purnell’s and Nobu, many restaurants, cafes and hotels, as well as at an exhibition, food festival or market near you!
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LA PLACE VERTE OPENED!!
HANS & AMY OPEN BELGIAN SPECIALITY CAFE IN YORK
After months of renovation, Hans & Amy open their Belgian speciality cafe in a grade 2 listed building on the riverside of central York. Serving tea, coffee, Belgian waffles, pancakes and croques.
SAN'S FIRST TEA SOURCING TRIP IN CHINA
ZHEJIANG & FUJIAN
Visiting tea gardens in Zhejiang and watching a tea master making the famous Long Jing (Dragon Well). Tasting multiple tea varieties and learning about how to pick tea as well as the production methods.
Green Tea Harvest!
Hans and San visit tea gardens to purchase green and white tea from the new harvest
Oolong Tea Harvest
Sourcing teas from the Autumn oolong tea harvest in Fujian
First Tea Shop!
LA PLACE VERTE, YORK
As well as increasing our menu of teas to serve to customers of La Place Verte, we opened our first tea shop in the upstairs of the cafe, selling loose teas by weight
Europalia, the largest cultural event in Europe. 6 months supplying museums all over Belgium, running a gift shop full of bespoke sourced and made merchandise and of course tea! Also supplying the tea shop.
At the opening we served tea to the Prime Minister of China!
YIXING & LONG JING
Sourcing Yixing from Yixing masters for a special project.
Visiting our Long Jing producer for the new green tea harvest.
Sale of La Place Verte
In January 2012 we said goodbye to La Place Verte, and sold it to a new owner to take care of so that we could focus solely on what we love - TEA!
Range of LuLin Teas launched in Harrods. Including exploration boxes, tea cubed and loose tea.
LuLin on the Southbank
LuLin start trading at the Food market at the Southbank every weekend.
You can still come to our stall here almost every Friday - Sunday!
Royal GreenHouses (Serres)
Our first time supplying the Royal Palace of Belgium, for the annual opening to the public of their stunning Greenhouses.