SF HONEY & POLLEN CO
John McDonald founded SF Honey & Pollen Co. in 2006. His love for nature and the outdoors as well as his unforgiving curiosity, led him to the discovery of bees and honey. It began as a hobby and quickly evolved into something more. As he learned of the declining bee population and their important role in our everyday lives he made it his mission to become part of the urban beekeeping movement.He began his journey through a friend and fellow beekeeper, learning the ins-and-outs of beekeeping and everything he needed to get started. Soon, John built his own hive boxes and put three of them in the yard at his shop. Before he knew it, he was putting hives in the backyards of family, friends, and neighbors. This of course, left him with more honey than he knew what to do with. A business was born. He began bottling and selling his honey and teaching classes on beekeeping. He currently runs 50+ hives in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area, helping to keep local organic farms alive through pollination!
Our Traditional Blend contains some of the best teas produced from around the world, selected predominantly from our long standing relationships with tea producers in East Africa and India. Our expert tea blenders taste and choose each individual tea that goes into the blend, ensuring you always receive that unique, refreshing and lasting flavour that makes Ringtons Traditional our most popular blend.
A classic Ringtons blend with delicate citrus notes of bergamot. We've chosen a milder Kenyan tea for this blend, rather than a traditional China tea which can sometimes be bitter. We specially seal the tea used in our Earl Grey at the tea estates, to lock in the freshness, then during blending we infuse the tea with natural bergamot oil to deliver a smooth, delicately flavoured tea.
Caffeine naturally occurs in all tea leaves as they grow on the tea bushes. We use a carefully controlled decaffeination process which ensures that the caffeine is removed from the dried tea leaves (retaining less than 0.2%), but vitally the natural health benefits remain - as well as the true tea flavour.
The best Assam & Kenyan teas are only available for a few months of the year when their flavour is full, malty and strong. Over time these teas can become bitter and that's why we specially seal the teas used in this blend on the estates, to ensure that their best and freshest flavour is retained. Breakfast produces a strong, malty and smooth flavour.