For over 50 years Cuddon and Stewart Ltd sold tea leaves which they imported from Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
The tea was shipped in 50kg wooden chests and then repackaged in the Christchurch store into traditional tea tins.
Andrew is a passionate tea drinker just like his father Ross McWhannell who was an Owner and Director of Cuddon & Stewart Ltd for nearly forty years.
With 25 years at Cuddon and Stewart Ltd, Andrew watched the family business flourish and even started filling and weighing the tea himself as he grew up.
In the later years Cuddon and Stewart Ltd were asked for tea bags, which were imported in traditional wooden boxes containing 800 tea bags.
This proved to be a huge success with the 'Broken Orange Peko' tea and not the "floor sweepings" that society thought tea bags were. Andrew still says “for the tea purist you can't beat a good pot of tea and you can’t beat the smell of loose leaf tea”. For the record, Andrew drinks his tea black to savour the pure flavour.
Andrew found that even after the sale of “the old Firm” he has been asked for the very same tea that was sold all those years ago.
When Andrew and Jennie made the hard decision to move from their beloved hometown of Christchurch to North Canterbury following the Canterbury Earthquakes, they decided to take the bull by the horns and import the famous 'Broken Orange Peko' tea back to Canterbury once again. Now it is time to share this superior product (the same tea that has been imported since 1958) with the rest of New Zealand.
With heartfelt thanks to Mrs Rachel McWhannell for her encouragement and support of Jennie, Andrew and their children to get this venture off the ground. In her own words, "I just want a decent cup of tea".