Here at Taste of Bath, we’re proud of the fact that all our delicious, hand-selected goodies come from companies based within ten miles of the city. We love working with and supporting brilliant local businesses. But you might possibly have noticed that not all the products themselves are strictly local – after all, it’s hard to grow tea in England, where a hot, sunny day can genuinely make newspaper headlines. So in this blog post, we want to celebrate the fabulous foodie treats that start out just a little further afield, and the brilliant small communities that we’re proud to support there, too.
Since I mentioned tea, we’ll start with Leafy Tea’s gorgeous Indulge blend. It’s based around a beautiful black Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka, where tea smallholdings support tens of thousands of families, plus a little Assam too. The tea leaves are then sprayed with coconut oil and mixed with coconut flakes, all to founder April’s exacting recipe, to create a delicious blend. As well as buying direct from Taste of Bath, you can also find April selling in person at all sorts of markets and food festivals – click here to find out when you can go along and say hello.
Coffee is another little luxury that has to wing its way over from abroad. Round Hill Roastery is based on the outskirts of Bath, roasting green beans from the farmers to turn them into rich, dark, aromatic beans, some of which are ground to make the perfect cafetiere coffee. Depending on the season, at Taste of Bath we stock various different varieties to make sure you only get the very best, but all the coffee we sell comes from fincas like the one in the picture above, family farms in places like Colombia and Guatemala that the guys at Roundhill have built up a relationship with over the years. Check out the Roundhill Roastery blog here to find out more about the brilliant people they work with.
Speaking of family, our pistachios (from Pistachio Provenance) have a particularly special family connection. Pistachio trees take a long time to grow and reach full maturity, producing nothing for their first seven years even though they must be carefully looked after for all that time, so being a pistachio farmer requires taking the long view. The orchards in Fthiotida, where Pistachio Provenance’s nuts come from, are cared for by generations of the same family (you can see them below, harvesting the nuts by hand) and we’re proud to do our part in supporting them – you can read more about it on the Pistachio Provenance website.
At Taste of Bath, we’re incredibly passionate about supporting independent business – and we think it’s pretty great that by supporting local Bath businesses, we can also support independent producers as far away as the other side of the world, too. After all, one of the very best things about food is the way it brings us all together.