Small busi­ness brews up suc­cess with big flavours

Fort­num & Ma­son pick up ‘won­der­ful’ drink for their tea­room

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Nathan Spen­de­low nathan.spen­de­low@trin­i­tymir­

“IT’S NOT all doom and gloom for small busi­nesses” says lo­cal West Dray­ton busi­ness owner John Womb­well.

John runs a Thai tea busi­ness called Daokra­jai Lanna Fine Teas which he says recog­nises the true power of Thai tea.

Work­ing di­rectly with a tea-grow­ing es­tate in Thai­land, John sells his tea world­wide and has started mak­ing waves across the globe.

John last spoke to the Uxbridge Gazette in early 2015, when his busi­ness was in its in­fancy, so we caught up with him to see how Daokra­jai Lanna is get­ting on.

“It’s been a roller­coaster of a year and as with any start-up it’s all out of my own pocket. There have been dark days and good days but over­all it has been a suc­cess.”

John says that Daokra­jai Lanna has al­ready made a mas­sive im­pact on fel­low tea lovers in the past year, with a big in­ter­est at events such as Taste of Lon­don and the Thai­land Fes­ti­val. “There was a lot of in­ter­est so I sent an email to Fort­num & Ma­son. It had been two weeks af­ter send­ing them sam­ples so I gave them a call to see how things were go­ing and he said the tea was won­der­ful and that the tea will start be­ing served.

“This is such a nice feather in my cap and con­ver­sa­tion has al­ready started re­gard­ing quan­ti­ties in store.”

The Thai tea se­lec­tion will soon be sold on shelves in Fort­num & Ma­son and in the tea room. James Jobling, head of tea at Ring­ton’s,

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