About Us

If this were my first visit to one of those “Anonymous” meetings, I would lift my head proudly and shout “My name is Ken, and I’m a teaholic!”

I have a passion for tea, but I had no idea how much until I moved to France. When I arrived here, I soon discovered I would need to take out a mortgage to pay for a tea good enough to satisfy my taste.

The reason for this is simple. In France, tea is a speciality drink with a special price to match. Whereas in the UK, my home country, each day, around 165 million cups of tea are consumed. Hence, tea is much more of a commodity, and therefore, sold at a much lower price.

“Something must be done, dear!” said I, in a very British tone to the French lady in my life, Sophie.

And so…



From a passion for tea to a thriving business, Steeping Times was born in 2011.

Sourcing very high-quality teas, I began selling them at select fairs and events in France at very reasonable prices, introducing the idea that quality teas can be available without the need to visit the bank manager.

Ultimately, I created this website, and Steeping Times now has many international customers and has gained global recognition for its free tea course.