Suki Teahouse opens Ireland’s first tea academy
Belfast’s Suki Teahouse has set up what it claims is Ireland’s first tea academy as part of a £250,000 expansion project.
In addition to the workshop and demonstration tasting laboratory, Suki has also added new blending and packaging equipment.
The academy facility will allow delis and chefs to learn more about the company’s 45-strong line-up of teas, through a series of courses, as well as develop their own bespoke blends.
“The introduction of the Tea Academy is a logical extension of the work we’ve been doing over recent years to brief chefs and staff in delis, independents and cafés about what sets our tea and business approach apart from competitors,” said Suki Teahouse MD Oscar Woolley.
“This is also an ideal way for us to extend our relationships with customers and gain feedback that will enable us to respond fast to market trends.”
Woolley added that the extra production equipment being installed and an extension of the company’s warehouse would also improve the service Suki can offer to its customers.
Founded in 2005 by Woolley and business partner Anne Irwin, Suki saw steady year-on-year sales growth of 25% last year.
Around 80% of the business’s sales comes from customers outside Northern Ireland, with customers in the rest of the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Japan, Poland and Africa.