Innovating tea culture since 2004
Step through our doors and you'll know we're just not another tea shop. Besides our enormous selection of tea we also offer some amazing and delicious cuisine in beautiful surroundings. We apply this philosophy to our on-line tea store, with top quality teas sourced from top notch farms and blenders. Whether you are shopping for tea, unique products or just looking to get information, we are committed to offering you a great experience and increasing knowledge.
How we started....
A good question. How does one get into the tea business? First and foremost we discovered loose tea and realized that traditional mainstream grocery stores carried only bagged tea. Superior taste, health benefits and lack of mainstream attention gave us an idea.
Change of plans
We took the risky path - quit our jobs, expecting a first child and then launched into planning and executing a tea centric business. At the last minute we added a new twist. Instead of a counter with pastries, we expanded into a full service restaurant.
There weren't a lot of places to buy tea, and many traditional tea rooms were based around fancy china and lace. We launched our first tea room as a full service restaurant with a modern take on traditional tea fare. You could come and just buy loose tea, but most people also like to stay and enjoy our atmosphere with great food.
On-line tea store
Our on-line business grew and eventually we moved that business into a separate facility we called the 'blend lab'. When we're not packing and shipping, we're writing cool and interesting things all tea related, experimenting with new blend ideas and chatting with our customers.
We curate and constantly change our lineup based upon new finds, customer demands or if we find something better. In addition to sourcing from the top blenders and importers, we also import and blend many of our own teas in house. Product quality is important, and we only do business with farms and companies who have been independently verified for sustainability and toxicity.
Focus on Health
Drinking tea is part of a healthy lifestyle. Check out our blog which is updated regularly with the latest tea and health topics. We do extensive research and incorporate science into our blends.