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Miles Tea & Coffee Open DayTours at Miles Tea & Coffee as part of National Heritage Open Days

For the first time in over a century of tea and coffee production Miles Tea & Coffee are opening the doors to their Porlock Roastery and Minehead Tea Blending site as part of ‘National Heritage Open Days’ this September.

In a small tour you will discover how tea tasting works and the importance of the sixpence piece in tea blending. You will also observe the production team busy at work and see a couple of old machines still operating daily.

John Halls, Operations Director at Miles said ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to show the process of blending tea and the techniques used for generations. It is not a simple process and to maintain the quality of Miles products we can blend with up to 14 different teas to create our full flavoured blends. The Coffee roasting process is also fascinating at Vale Yard in Porlock where the smell of coffee can be smelt daily. Many people don’t know that the Olympic horses for the 1952 Olympics’ were trained and selected from the Porlock Vale Riding School based in Vale Yard, so it is quite an historic site.’

The tour at the Minehead site will take place on Thursday 8th September and at the Porlock Roastery on Friday 9th September. To book your place please email, the tours are pre-book only and limited to small groups.

For more information look on the Miles website: or the Heritage Open Days website:

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