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A Tea Story With A Twist

This is Pollards Farm in Harpenden the home of Twist Teas. We're a family business started by Mother and Daughter, Nicky & Claire, and Claire's school friend, Fraser.


We've always loved tea. There's nothing like it to lift the spirits and raise a smile, whether alone or with others, out and about or in the comforts of your own home.  


In January 2017, we decided to do something really innovative for lovers of tea and set about creating a range of the finest whole leaf teas, herbs and fruits, blended to delight taste buds and bring a smile to its drinkers. Frankly, we were a little underwhelmed by the teas available in the supermarkets (and a little disappointed to learn that even the cutesy, more expensive brands are invariably just owned by the massive brands anyway.)  


Our blends are full of little surprises that make them different. An additional ingredient with a functional benefit…or an unconventional flavour pairing that transforms something nice into something spectacular. A tea that’s specifically designed to be drunk cold or one that tastes so good it must be bad (but isn’t). We like to think of them as Blends With Benefits.


Now, we have a range of over 50 delicious, healthy and innovative blends that are available direct through our website, and in cafes, restaurants, hotels, offices and independent retailers all over the UK.


Whether you need something to get you started, boost your energy or help you sleep, whether you want a guilt-free treat without calories for yourself or a healthy drink for the children, try tea with a Twist.


Meet the Founders

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Once a barrister, now a barista, Claire has swapped serving out justice to serving tea – and couldn’t be happier. She likes nothing more than seeing someone enjoy a Twist tea. Favourite blend: 'Refresher Green because it doesn’t have the bitter after taste that one finds with some other green tea. I drink a few cups a day as I believe it really helps improve my skin and hair. And it tastes divine, of course.”
Claire Ayres (nee) Kavanaugh
Strategy & NPD
Nicky has created, led and grown businesses from many sectors, among them retail and Ecommerce. Perfect to help move Twist forward. Oh, and she’s Claire’s mum, too. Favourite blend: 'I'm a traditionalist, with a twist... I love our Earl Great, which cranks up our Classic Earl with Siberian Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba and Gotu Kola, which are said to boost mental performance.'
Nicky Kavanaugh
Finance & Operations
The genius behind our brand, Fraser ensures we’re the perfect cup of tea for our consumers. He's part of the family too, having been friends with Claire since they started big school together. 'In those days, like now, the kettle was always on round at the Kavs, and Nicky always had the cupboard well stocked with chocolate digestives.' Favourite blend: 'Choffee Mint. Tea, coffee, chocolate and peppermint, it’s the Swiss Army Knife of teas!'
Fraser Tant
Marketing