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by Shubhit (subscribe)
In-house Copywriter at Camberwell Film Studios. Loves writing about advertising and technology. Has worked with Contagious Magazine, The Upcoming, Creative Orchestra, Triton Communications, All India Radio, etc. Follow me on Twitter @ShubhitSaxena
Published August 5th 2013
An Organic Detour

Last week I was in Crouch Hill for a meeting, which unfortunately ended quite early. It was still the middle of afternoon and while I was walking back to the bus stop I could just think about wasting money and time to come down all this way for nothing! That's when I spotted this shop sign on the other side of the road that read "Gluten Free Breads Pastas Grains."

Even though I like using natural ingredients, I am not necessarily an organics person. But somehow I was curious to check out this 'different looking' shop. I went in and the shop seemed pretty empty as far as customers were concerned there was just one girl looking at some shelves, while the two shop attendants were busy re-stocking. I looked around wondering what should I look for now that I am already inside the shop, before asking one of the attendants about where they kept their teas.

Small, but well stocked.

I had hoped for it to just be a section of a shelf (akin to supermarkets), however to my surprise, they had a full section dedicated to organic teas! Now now, don't go out branding me as some tea enthusiast I prefer coffee to tea, but I am always open to trying out new flavours; and this shop had lots to offer. Ginger, Cinnamon, Spicy you just name it. I however, decided to look for Tulsi (Holy Basil) tea. I haven't had a decent cup of chai (lazy as I am, it's a pain cleaning up and a cuppa is always easier to make) for quite a while and I remember that my mother sometimes used to add a Tulsi leaf to tea whenever I had a cold or cough. To my delight, I found a Three Tulsi Tea and I could smell it's scent from even under all that packaging.

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The Tea Section

After paying for the tea, I enquired about the shop and the attendant told me that they only have two shops in London, the other one being the bigger shop and just a little walk away.

The Crouch End store also has a herbal dispensary (Open: 1-6pm Tuesday - Friday; 10am - 6pm Saturday ), of which you can become a member for 10. Haelan Centre also provides home delivery services for their products.

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Three Tulsi Tea

I tried the tea later that evening and it tasted fresh and good, but a little too strong for my taste; one tea bag should be good for two cups. I would recommend this shop to anyone looking for quality organic ingredients and a good selection of teas.
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Why? Organic ingredients and teas
When: Everyday
Phone: 020 - 8340 4258
Where: 304 Park Road, Crouch End London, N8 8LA, UK
Cost: Varies
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