Established in 2008 by Jon Cooper, Pekoe Tea has gone from a small market stall and online order business to where we are today, importing teas directly from around the world and creating our own blends in-house. The centerpiece is our tea shop on Leven Street in Edinburgh, where our customers can taste some of the finest teas available in the world, prepared traditionally and always with an interest in and respect for the origins and culture of tea.
Our passion for tea has led us to visit tea-growing areas around the world including China, India, Sri Lanka and Kenya and in the process we have discovered a world of flavours and aromas from hand-made and single estate teas that are only now starting to become better known in the UK.
Our focus is to bring the best teas available to our base in Scotland and to share our discoveries and expertise. To do this, we have built personal relationships with growers and producers around the world and trade directly with them. This way, not only do we get access to some of the finest teas available, but we also have the inside story on how they are produced as well as the history of why and how the methods came to be. Building these personal relationships is key, but we are also accredited by the Ethical Tea Partnership.
All our teas are imported into Edinburgh and packed by hand, with our full range available to taste in our Edinburgh tea shop, or to order in larger amounts online. As well as this, we have a growing wholesale operation with many partners across Edinburgh as well as further afield in the UK and around the world.
derived from the Chinese pek-ho or baihao.
bai or pek meaning white
hao meaning down or fine hair
refers to the fine white down that covers certain kinds of leaves and buds of the tea plant; Camellia sinesis.