Porlock’s DJ Miles tea and coffee can be enjoyed on site. Why not take a moment to get to know more about them…
The name Miles goes back a long way, in fact, they’ve been blending tea since 1888. Over the years they’ve drunk gallons of tea and coffee, so you can certainly say they know a thing or two about the humble cuppa!
The start of a Brew-tea-ful thing
1888; the year that the very first issue of the Financial Times went on sale, Vincent Van Gogh took a razor to his left ear and the first ever Coca-Cola drink was sold.
It was also the year that Henry Miles decided to start up a tea business in the heart of Birmingham. The business quickly took off and, in later years, became a real family affair with Henry’s two sons firmly taking the teapot by the handle and running Henry Miles & Co. until 1974.
While Henry’s sons were at the helm, Derek Miles, the Grandson of Henry Miles, became an inspector of tea, after years of working in the tea trade in London – tea flows through the veins of the Miles family!
While working as a tea inspector in Avonmouth, Derek started to purchase odd chests of tea that brokers were having difficulty selling and began making new blends at home. He packaged up the new blends of loose-leaf tea in his front room ready to sell, and that was the start of Miles as we now know it.
DJ Miles traded in Chepstow from 1962, independently to Henry Miles & Co, for a few years, before Derek and his friend Normal Halls bought Henry Miles & Co in 1973.
Although Miles’ heritage lies in the creation of delicious and fresh teas, with the acquisition of Henry Miles & Co, DJ Miles started to explore the world of coffee and embarked on an inspirational and exciting journey that has led to the distinctive blends you enjoy today. Tea bags were also introduced to the catalogue of loose-leaf teas.
Around 18 months later production was moved to the South West and for 25 years Miles tea was blended and packed in a small building in Porlock, where the tea blender, holding 1000lbs, stood upstairs directly above a table of packers.
In around 1985 the company purchased a coffee roaster and fresh coffee production began in Porlock, where the coffee beans are still roasted today.
Fast-forward to today and Derek Miles still tastes the award-winning Miles products at the coastal factory.
So much has changed over the years – and yet so much has remained the same. From the start the Miles vision was to create the finest collection of tea and coffee blends for people to savour and enjoy, this ethos remains at the heart of Miles as much today as it did 130 years ago.
The Perfect Blend – The Ethical Tea Partnership
Sourcing is an important part of the tea blending process and this is where the Ethical Tea Partnership comes in. Miles are proud to be a founding member of the Ethical Tea Partnership, building deep relationships with the brokers. They describe themselves as a human brand, so, as well as producing the finest teas and coffees, they want to make a meaningful difference to the lives of other people. It’s important to them that they are involved in a project that helps to improve women’s rights, provide education and contribute to clean drinking water being readily available to the plantation workers, without which their beverages wouldn’t exist. It makes them happy, knowing they are helping to do great things, from Minehead and Porlock to Africa and India.
Tasting Notes for the Campus Tea and Coffee
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With a vibrant, nutty background flavour, the Cheerfully Colombian coffee is full bodied and deliciously distinctive. This nicely balanced coffee has a delicate flavour and is one of the medium strength coffees which makes it suitable for drinking throughout the day (with, or without cake).
Mile’s signature tea has been carefully developed with your enjoyment in mind. A delicious blend of Assam and African teas, they've taken inspiration from their beautiful surroundings to create the perfect cup of tea - morning, noon and night.