Teapotpourri Ltd is a small business run in Scotland
by two very close friends, Sarahjane and Claire, who have been
friends for 17 years.
It all started over 5 years ago in 2009. Sarahjane was
researching into a natural alternative to sugar as her dad had
Type II Diabetes and was struggling with his sweet tooth.
Sarahjane came across a sweetener called Stevia which she could
only get from America as it had not yet been passed in the EU.
It cost a lot of money but after reading everything she could
find about it she thought that it would be worth a try. She and
her family were at their wits ends trying to come up with ways
to help her dad who's health was gradually getting worse from
At the same time, I (Claire) had taken time out to go
travelling, a dream I had always wanted to fulfil. I was in
Brazil, South America, when I received an email from Sarahjane
telling me about this new sweetener she had come across. Knowing
that I also had difficulty with my sweet tooth Sarahjane wanted
to let me know about it. I wrote back to Sarahjane to say that
funnily enough I had noticed small bottles on every cafe and
restaurant table which I had asked my guide about. The tour
guide had gone on to explain that the bottles contained Stevia
liquid, it was to be used to sweeten tea and coffee instead of
using sugar or artificial sweeteners, none of which could be
found on the tables.
Coincidence or fate? Call it what you will but we both like to
think that it was fate that we both came across Stevia at the
same time and half a world apart!
Stevia extract was finally passed in the EU in late 201l. At
this point Sarahjane and I were thinking about starting up our
own business. We wanted to do something different, everyone was
opening up coffee shops so we thought why not try to promote
Green tea instead. Its so much better for people but we knew
that the bitter taste green tea has puts a lot of people off
drinking it. That's when we had our light bulb moment and
Teapotpourri was born.
Unfortunately in 2012 Sarahjane's dad passed away due to his
Diabetes and a few months later my dad passed away due to
cancer. These devastating times have only driven our passion to
promote our Green tea and Stevia products. We want to help
people. We want to bring awareness of Stevia and show people
that they do have healthy alternatives on offer.
Its a health journey for us as well. We don't claim to have all the
answers or the perfect bodies. We know first hand how hard it is
to stick to healthy eating and exercise regimes. But if we can
change a few bad habits to good ones then its got to be a good