Wait.. what? A non-alcoholic sparkling cold-brewed tea?

Not the sort of sentence you'd expect to hear very often but this is a stunning new beverage created specifically to pair well with food and as an alternative to traditional wines.

Let us introduce you all to...

Saicho sparkling teas will transform a good meal into an amazing experience.

In order to find out more about this new drinks brand, we chatted with the team at Saicho about their journey. Check out what they have to say about their unique beverage products and get to know more about these budding entrepreneurs...

The Who?

We are always curious to find out more about the people behind the brands - Could you give us a bit of background about yourselves?

Saicho was started by my partner, Natalie, and myself (Charlie). We have always been passionate about food and drink, so much so that we met whilst doing PhDs in Food Science. We love discovering new food experiences and a large part of that is food and drink pairing. However, Natalie can't drink alcohol and turns as red as a tomato with even the smallest sip, so she always missed being able to fully enjoy the experience of food and wine pairing.

The What?

Saicho are a range of sparkling cold-brewed teas that pair well with food. We source single

origin teas – not blends – so that you can experience the unique flavours of each tea.

The Why?

The idea for Saicho came when we were enjoying a delicious meal at a restaurant. The waiter came to the table and described the plate of food in front of us. The sommelier then came over and described the wine to Charlie; the country of origin, the terroir, the production techniques and why it paired well with the food. Meanwhile, Natalie sat with the same glass of water throughout the meal, missing out on the full experience.

At that time, there were no non-alcoholic drinks that paired well with food, had the complexity

of flavour and any noteworthy origin. With that in mind, we created Saicho, so anyone that

chooses not to drink alcohol no longer needs to feel left out, whether eating in a fine dining

restaurant, enjoying a drink at a wine bar or just at home with friends and family.

The How?

How have you created the products and the brand and what makes Saicho different?