About Us


If this were my first visit to one of those “Anonymous” meetings I would lift my head proudly and say “My name is Ken and I’m a Teaholic!”

I have a passion for tea, but I didn’t realise how much of a passion until I moved to France. When I arrived here, I couldn’t find tea good enough to satisfy my taste without taking out a mortgage to pay for it.

The problem is that tea in France is seen as a speciality, whereas in the UK, where around 165 million cups of tea are consumed each day, it is much more of a commodity.

“Something must be done, dear!” said I, in a very British tone to the lady in my life, Sophie.

And so…



From passion to business, Pure Tea was born in 2011.

Buying only very high-quality teas, I started selling them in France at very reasonable prices, both at special events and online through this website. After just a short time, Pure Tea, recently renamed Steeping Times, now sells tea to many international customers and is also becoming globally recognised for its free tea course.

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