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No cameras please!  Speak to our agent!  Have your people speak to our people!

Pretty sure that’s how it works now we’re big time celebrities after our prime-time interview on the radio last week, on the BBC 3 Counties Radio lunchtime show. 

Okay, that’s a little tongue in cheek, but forgive us for feeling quite excited as we were invited onto the Nick Coffer show to have a tea tasting and tell the story of good ole Twist.  It’s funny how things pan out…  Nick and his producer Jonny found themselves at a colleague’s leaving party at a pub in Flamstead, Herts, pretty much halfway between the studio in Dunstable and Twist HQ in Harpenden.  This pub (The Spotted Dog, highly recommended) serves Twist, and our blends were really well received.  The show likes to talk to local brands, so we got the invite to do a tea tasting, live on the radio. Cool.

So, two of the three founders, Claire and Fraser (someone had to mind the shop back at base so Nicky got that particular short straw) headed off to studios armed with loads of blends and a kettle (which we left there – d’oh).  We were feeling fairly relaxed until a chat with producer Jonny just before we went on air, when he mentioned that the show gets about 100,000 listeners. So, no pressure there then.

So, how did it go?  Find out for yourself, here . We’re on from about 1hr 18mins, just after the Beach Boys. (A Beach Boys record, not them actually live in the studio, obvs.)
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We’ve recently been putting on our very best wellies and hanging out with the good folk at the swanky Soho Farmhouse in the Cotswolds.  Here’s the story…

One of the Pilates teachers at Soho Farmhouse,  Chloe Hodgson is a massive fan of Twist.  She was running a Pilates course at Soho Farmhouse, and happened to take her stash of Twist with her. Like so many others, she just can’t function without it! She got talking with various members of staff, who quickly became enamoured with it too.  She left some samples of tea with them, and next thing you know, we get an email saying that they LOVED it, and wanted to stock it in their deli:

Refresher Green is incredible, it is the first green tea I have ever been able to drink, let alone enjoy, I absolutely love it, I am addicted.”

With Twist now on the shelves of the Soho Farmhouse Deli, we were asked to go along and showcase our blends at their Farmers Market.  It was absolutely wonderful to meet so many members, and even more wonderful that they couldn’t get enough of our blends. Which went down the best?  Probably our Puds Without Sin range,  they were incredulous that the blends could be so delicious yet not contain any added sugar or sweeteners.  Little wonder caddies of individual blends and the Puds Without Sin Selection Box flew off the shelves rustic farm table, while we got loads of orders for our bespoke Pick & Mix Selection Boxes.

Get free delivery on any of our selection boxes here (UK only).

We loved being there – and Soho Farmhouse clearly loved having us, as shortly afterwards, the events manager asked us to do a tea tasting session for some bloggers who were being hosted by the super health and beauty brand Birchbox. Sure, we said  – so armed with a load of loose leaf tea, our specialist tasting equipment, and lots of bon homie, we set up in a pretty space just by the main barn.

We were delighted that the bloggers really liked the tea and have said plenty of kind things about us on their social media channels.  Hooray! 

They were all lovely; Thank you @livpurvis, @wonderful_u, @alex_cameron, @wishwishwish, @rachelhumphrey82, @meganellaby and @fellaby for joining us!

We’re talking to the Soho Farmhouse events team about doing more member tastings, so we won’t put our wellies back in the cupboard just yet…

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It’s been a busy month here at Twist HQ, as our first Christmas approaches.  Our range of Christmas products has gone down a storm, while our core range continues to get more and more fans as word gets out.

Saturday saw us do our bit for the community by supporting our local Primary School’s Christmas Fair. 

We donated loads of tea to the cafe,  which was selling a truly impressive range of homemade cakes, that’s for sure. We will confess to going a little overboard on the cakes ourselves – so it was lucky that the Twist stall  was right next to the lovely Louise Condon from Jump ‘n’ Juice.  She’s a personal trainer with a great online fitness/health/wellness regime that is great value at only a fiver a month and seems to get great results. We’re going to be subscribing to work off the Christmas excesses!

 

It was lovely to meet so many customers at the fair, many we knew by name having seen their orders online but we’d not met. Hearing which teas they liked and why, was super – certainly makes it all worthwhile when a customer says our tea is the best they have ever tasted.  And we met loads of new customers who were not familiar with us, but after a sniff of our lovely blends and a few tasters, they’ve joined the ranks of Twist fans. 

It was interesting that around half of those who bought teas were doing so for themselves, half were buying gifts for friends and family – the Selection Boxes were incredibly popular in this regard.  We’ve got another fair coming up next week, the Harpenden Collective Christmas Pop Up, so here’s hoping to meeting more potential Twist fans there!

The highlight of the day? Without a doubt,  a message on Facebook from one of the elves manning (elving?) the queue to Santa’s grotto:

“Santa enjoyed two cups of Twist Teas today and they kept his spirits up out in the chilly grotto! …  I think it’s now on his Christmas list (if anyone remembers to get Santa a pressie!)”

An A-list celebrity endorsement if ever there was one. Merry Twistmas!
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We were delighted to support the recent Tyler’s Wonderland Ball, a fundraising event that raises funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The event is held in memory of local boy Tyler Reader, who passed away suddenly in November 2015 after developing Sepsis following what appeared to be a normal chest infection.  Tyler suffered 6 cardiac arrests during his 8 hours in hospital care, passing away shortly before a heart-lung bypass could be performed.


Money raised on the evening contributes towards an initial fundraising total of £79,500, which will help provide Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Children’s Acute Transport Service with some of the vital equipment and training that they require in order to help treat severe cases like that of Tyler.

At Twist, we did our bit by donating a luxury tea hamper containing caddies and selection boxes worth over £150 to the raffle, and giving our micro-caddies to guests as going home gifts.  We hope that our contribution helped and wish the charity all the best for its ongoing fund-raising endeavours.
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