Claire Trumper is the inspiration behind Trumpers tea. With huge enthusiasm for tea alongside impressive expertise in tea buying and blending spanning several continents, Claire is one of only a handful of professional women tea tasters, with 20 years in the business. For many years, she was working for a large tea company, buying, blending and tasting tea from the Argentina to Australia.
Claire regularly visits the tea plantations in India, Sri Lanka, China and South Africa, to ensure that the best quality tea leaves are hand plucked to supply Trumpers tea. Claire continues to work as a consultant to the international tea trade, as well as regularly visiting plantations that supply Trumpers tea.
The pungent smells and sounds of the huge copper kettles being boiled in the tea tasting rooms at the leading tea company where Claire worked for many years, linger on in memory. But the reality of the sipping, slurping and spitting of tea tasting lives on. Not with the 500 cups a day required to be tasted then, but globally in search of the perfect tea for the very select range offered by Trumpers tea now. Once the sipping, slurping, spitting of professional tea tasting is over, the chosen teas are hand-blended by Claire back home in Herefordshire to meet stringent quality standards.
The uniqueness of Claire’s professional experience is rooted in her involvement in the social and environmental issues surrounding tea. From working as an agricultural advisor for VSO in Zimbabwe to lecturing on issues relevant to global tea production, she is an expert in sustainability issues. Claire works with Trumpers tea producers to improve quality and supply.