Quality, ethical sourcing and customer satisfaction are paramount to us. We collaborate with Fairtrade growers and the Rainforest Alliance to track down the finest tea leaves worthy of the Mazawattee name. Our tea is plucked from the finest tea plantations in India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, China and Indonesia. Our tea is then expertly blended and packed in the UK. With exotic and distinctive teas from all over the world, we have captured the luscious taste and aroma of the most verdant tea gardens in each cup of tea so you can savour, The Cup that Cheers.
We understand the value of a good cup of tea, so whichever of our blends you choose, The Cup that Cheers, will bring you a delicious and uplifting cup of tea every time. So, put the kettle on and enjoy a little rest, relaxation and rejuvenation with us. You'll be happy you chose Mazawattee!
A LITTLE TASTE OF HISTORY
The name Mazawattee is the stuff of legend! From its office, warehouses and vaults on Tower Hill, it soared above the streets of London, flying the flag for fine quality tea. Mazawattee's humble beginnings can be traced back as early as the 1850s when John Boon Densham, a chemist, started selling loose teas from India and China. Tea was highly regarded for its restorative benefits and Mazawattee's 'the cup that cheers, but does not inebriate' became very fashionable amongst Victorian tea drinkers.
If you're wondering where the name Mazawattee was plucked from, it's an exotic blend of the Hindi word 'Maza' meaning pleasure and the Sinhalese word 'Wattee' meaning garden. This unusual name has proved a popular and thoughtful choice that is as magical as it is memorable.
In a carriage drawn by zebras, it's safe to say the arrival of Mazawattee's exotic teas caused something of a delicious stir. Our entrepreneurial founders certainly knew how to get passers-by smiling, and we're proud to use this iconic nod to the past on our packs today!
By 1898, Mazawattee became the largest tea company in the world. Mazawattee often paid unprecedented sums in tea duty and turned these record-breaking duties into advertising campaigns. As well as tea, Mazawattee produced chocolate, spices and cakes, and its souvenirs have become sought after collectors items today. Mazawattee signs could be seen on nearly every railway platform and bus across the country and eventually became the most important and advertised brand in England for 50 years.
The Second World War hit Mazawattee hard and sadly, the Tower Hill facilities and the Mazawattee factory at New Cross were bombed and obliterated. Today, visitors to the Tower of London can visit Tower Hill Terrace to see where the historic Mazawattee warehouse once stood and can enter the Tower Vaults which held the many Mazawattee treasure chests of tea.
For many, this iconic, comforting and nostalgic advertisement of a grandmother sipping tea with her granddaughter was nothing but a reminder of times gone by. But for true tea lovers, the time was right to bring back Mazawattee, so the next generation can rediscover a little of its magic.