Jennifer Wood is on a mission. Her company – Canton Tea Co – imports fine, whole leaf Chinese teas into the UK, and Jennifer wants to significantly improve the quality of the daily cuppas that keep millions of Britons going every day. “The tea bag industry is an horrific, mass produced, low paid operation,” she states with both conviction and disdain. “Think of how much you’re paying for your tea bags, then imagine how much the picker is getting paid.”

We’re sitting in the rain-pelted conservatory cafe at Petersham Nurseries, in South London. The restaurant is frequented by the rich and famous and has won many awards for Skye Gyngell’s imaginative, seasonal cooking. Jennifer supplies the cafe with its tea and runs regular tea tasting workshops there.   READ MORE