Northern Ireland’s only Tea Bar features in top 100 UK small businesses for 2018!

INFUSE Artisan Tea, Northern Ireland’s very first Tea Bar, not only celebrated its first birthday this month but has also been chosen from thousands of entries to feature as a Small Biz 100 by Small Business Saturday UK

 INFUSE Artisan Tea
Duncan & Aine

Now in its sixth year, Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign which aims to showcase and promote 100 small businesses on the run up to its annual event on Saturday 1st December.

Small Business Saturday is an initiative that launched with the aim of encouraging people to spend with small independent businesses in the local community. It is seen as a direct contrast to the likes of Black Friday and Cyber Monday where large profits are typically made by multinational firms.

Aine McGuckian, the Co-Owner of INFUSE said, “We are delighted to have been chosen from thousands of other worthy candidates as one of the Small Biz 100 and being able to make the announcement on the first birthday of the Tea Bar has meant a lot to us.

“Duncan and I are hugely passionate about the world of tea, we pride ourselves in sourcing high quality loose leaf teas and brewing the tea leaves with exacting standards, which means specific water temperatures and steep times. We go further than most as we heat all our water to order in cast iron tetsubin pots, this allows us to be exacting in the temperature of water that we pour on the tea leaves, we even pour the tea when it is ready to ensure the tea does not over brew, the difference these systems make to the taste of a cup of tea is amazing.

“We have over 40 teas available in-store, from our own range of Artisan Tea to other Northern Irish tea suppliers like Miss McKeown’s and Suki Tea. At INFUSE we pride ourselves with being innovative within the industry, having created a range of Tea Mocktails and more recently tea infused sorbets. We even do tea infused hot chocolates, which might sound surprising, but they work really well.”

“Being selected as by Small Business Saturday is a huge achievement for us, we have entered into an extremely niche market and have seen the business grow and flourish in the last year so being able to top off our first year of the Tea Bar with this achievement has been wonderful.

Not only have we worked to develop our range of teas we have been proud to launch INFUSE Wellness above the Tea Bar also, where we offer a number of complementary therapies including Deep Tissue Massage and Herbal Medicine as this was a long term goal.”

 INFUSE Artisan Tea

Aine and Duncan’s journey to launch the Tea Bar began in 2014 when they both took part in a nationwide competition called TestTown run by the Carnegie Trust UK. They entered with Aine’s herbal practice The Little Herbalista, where people would have a chat about health and wellness over great tea and book in for a consultation if they felt it was right for them. The pair won the local heat in Coleraine in June 2014 and went to Cambridge for the Grand Final the following October. They decided to go big on the idea of a Tea Bar in Cambridge, where they put the emphasis on great tea and brewing standards with an underlying theme of health and wellness. The response in Cambridge blew the pair away and cemented their plan to launch a Tea Bar with attached therapy rooms back in Coleraine and they have been working towards that goa ever since.

Aine stated that “the journey of launching the Tea Bar has been long and arduous but I can honestly say that grit and determination have helped us stay true to our goal and I believe it has really paid off for us, so it is great to see this recognised by Small Business Saturday UK. I’m excited to see what the next year will bring.”

Full list of Small Biz 100


Sauce and Brown


Katie Abey Design Ltd

The Nautical Company (UK) Ltd

Musical Moments

UK Bid Writer



Artie Craftie Limited  / Blaenavon Post Office

Boatman Admin Services

Bitz ‘n’ PC’z Ltd

Mum Bub Hub

Alexander Byron

Button & Bear Children’s Bookshop

Grandads Front Room

The Little Black & White Book Project

Artwork By Emily Tull

All for Dance

More Organised Ltd


Dog and Hat Ltd


Floating Point Float Centre

Thornton Community News & Business Directory

Kemps General Store Ltd

La Belle Cake Company

InSync Technology Ltd

Bean & Boy

Automation Ninjas

Sodo Pizza

Hay Hampers

Single Variety Co

Fair Trade Scotland Ltd.

Fitness Freedom Ltd


AMD Promotions

Tea Traders (Wales) Ltd

Heart Of Wax: Vintage & Vinyl

Never A Wasted Journey

INFUSE Artisan Tea

Natural Weigh

Fur Babies

Wilkinson Construction Consultants

Morgan Innovation and Technology Ltd

Simply Devine Hat Shop

Rock Follies Vintage

Masala Masters



Wonder Adventures

Ridgefield Consulting

Brocante of Devon Limited – The Gift Experts

Business Success South West

Wadsworths Solicitors

Osbourne Lodge Nursery

Local Link Magazine

HydroVeg Kits

Red Dragon Manufacturing

Smart Turnout

The Stress Less Clinic

Shop Local Club Card

Hulme Comminity Garden Centre

The Old School BBQ Bus



Serenity Loves

Forum Books

Trade Right International

Bill Baber Knitwear

Wardens of Newtownards

Aly Harte


Flood Protection Solutions Ltd

Od Designs

Millers Music Centre


The Pavilion at the Park

Lisa Satchwell Energetics


Enamel Shades

Tylers Department Store & Cafe

Rachel Whitehead Jewellery

The DM Lab


Twin Made

Work for Good

Apples & Pips

The Boathouse

Bookbarn International

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