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I think I'm right in saying that most of the companies I have looked at in the past are ones that are well established, having been around for hundreds of years in some cases. Here then is a relatively young company. But it is by no means one to ignore in favour of an older business- it's certainly going places!

The Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee company was founded a little over thirty years ago in 1982 by The Smith family returning from India. In the 1920's, Robert and Madeleine Stammers moved to India. There, Robert first worked on tea plantations before becoming the manager of the Behora tea estate in Assam, a prime tea growing region lying in the extreme north east of India. Their daughter Janet married Malcom Smith, who also worked on a number of tea plantations in India.

After retiring in the 1970s, they moved to England and the village of Pluckley in Kent. After being asked by a local grocer if they could get their hands on any good tea, the foundations of the company were laid down. Along with their son Robert Smith, they began packing tea bags by hand and selling them from their house. After getting a tea bagging machine, Janet suggested that it was getting a little hectic, and they moved down the road to Pivington mill, where an old grain store was overturned into a factory and warehouse for the fledgling company.

Today, the Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee company pack and roast hundreds of varieties of tea and dozens of varieties of coffee brought in from all over the globe. Customers can be happy that a high quality is guaranteed, thanks to a large number of awards the company has won over the years.

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