Henrietta Lovell, nicknamed The Tea Lady wants to reintroduce us to the joys of real tea. She would like you to sip it from a vintage bone china cup and enjoyed with a crunchie biscuit or a cucumber sarnie.
She sources and sells exclusive, uncommonly tasty teas from Asia and Africa.
She started ‘The Rare Tea Company’, after losing her father to cancer within three months of him being diagnosed with it. Feeling that she wanted to seize the moment, she researched her passion for tea and in 2004 started the rate tea company.
Part of Henrietta’s time is now actually spent offering tea tasting to would be connoisseurs.
Her teas are available from Waitrose and Sainsbury’s and has some strange names like the ‘Royal Air Force Tea’, which she said is ‘calming in times of national peril and fortifying when courage is required’.
In 2016 they established the Rare Charity. The founding principle of Rare Charity is sustainability. The partnership between Rare Charity and Satemwa supports focussed intervention at the point of need. We are creating local role models who represent young Malawians aspirations and encourage their peers to develop their skills and change their own and their community’s future. Inherent to Rare Charity’s values is advocating gender equality by promoting the opportunity to female students in particular. We will support change agents who are leading a new way of eradicating poverty by gaining tertiary education and later financial independence.
Rare Charity is currently supporting four young Malawians through tertiary education with scholarships: Osman, Ongani, Alex and Lisnet. Rare Charity’s vision goes beyond the day-to-day we are establishing a platform that will educate generations of young people to come.