Jenier Teas

Truly stumbled upon this awesome company. Like many companies, they started with humble beginnings working out of their garage. They are now known in over 34 countries around the world for their quality and commitment to the leaf we all love so much. Also, be sure to check out their Cup of Kindness website below. Nothing cheers up a dreary heart like a cuppa.

More on the company name:

  • Jenier Teas ( Jenier Limited – trading as Jenier World Of Teas (Wholesale) and Jenier Local (*New* Retail)

Website:

Location(s) Headquarters:  27 Earl Haig Road, Hillington Park, Glasgow, Scotland.

Company Focus: 

  • Sourcing really good tea then looking after teas when they arrive with us so we send out to our customers the best product we can. Customer service is very important to us – we really do care.

Most popular company tea(s)? 

Does the company name have a meaning? 

  • No, although I understand it is used as a name in some countries.

Do you participate in any charities?  

  • Yes, quite a few. We started a Cup Of Kindness after the 2020 Pandemic to help as many charities as we could. Locally we support Glasgow’s Children’s Hospital.

What is your and/or your co-workers’ favorite tea? 

  • The Balmoral Blend – a blend we made for the Royal Balmoral Estate

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry? 

What role does tea play in our lives? 

  • What is life without tea? It is more than just a beverage, it is (for us) a way of sharing moments. Taking time to enjoy, encourage, support, pause, help, listen whilst refreshing the body with great tasting tea.

Social Media:  

Anything else you’d like to add?

  • TeaTiff20 – this will give 20% off the first purchase on the retail Jenier Local and gift store, Cup of Kindness.

Just looking at it makes my mouth water

TeaTiff Picks: Balmoral Blend Tea. One of the great parts of discovering new tea companies is discovering new tea blends. This delicous looking tea is a pure blend of Chinese, Sri Lanka, and Indian black teas. I will update this once I have tried it.

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Plum Deluxe

If you are a fan of blended teas or a previous fan of Teavana be sure to give this company a try. They have unique blends and a heartwarming backstory. My first discovery was through Steepster but I was reintroduced once again through my interactions with The Tea Brigade. This is a company built not only for loving tea but also to bring encouragement.

Websitehttps://www.plumdeluxe.com/

Location(s) Headquarters:  Portland, Oregon USA

Company Focus: 

  • Flavored loose leaf teas, sweets (like lemonade, hot chocolate), and thoughtfully curated teaware

Most popular company tea(s)?  

Does the company name have a meaning? 

  • Plum is an old English word for something lucky or delightfully unexpected.  And deluxe reminds us to treat ourselves and enjoy the good things in life.  That’s what we think of when we think of tea blends.

Do you participate in any charities?  

  • We work with a variety year-round but don’t have a specific 5013c partner.

What is your and/or your co-workers’ favorite tea?  

  • Office favorites include Blackberry Mojito Black, Self Care Herbal (add a splash of cream!), Buttery Shortbread Herbal, and Fog Cutter Black tea for mindful mornings.  We love taking the time to make a good tea latte!

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry? 

  • I think, for the most part, given the variety of independent players in the tea industry (particularly here in the USA), there is a lot of good conversation about transparency in the industry.  For example, when I first got into tea I remember a lot of tea packaging didn’t even have ingredients on it!  So I think we’re headed in the right direction.
  • I’d like to see more conversation and support on the farmers and businesses that grow the product.  Even we could do a better job of highlighting the efforts we go to in order to ensure living wages and sustainable agriculture.  We also emphasize USA-grown products where we can!

What role does tea play in our lives?   

  • I always think of tea as something that brings people together, that warms thoughtful conversation, and that helps us find things in common.  Tea is also a beverage of calm and respite. And I can’t think of anything that describes what we desperately need more of in these times than all of that.

Social Media: Steepster

Anything else you’d like to add?

  • Don’t be afraid of tea or think it’s too difficult or too complex.  Just jump in and experiment and have fun.  You’re never doing it wrong – if it tastes good to you and you’re having fun, you’re doing fine. – Andy Hayes

Autumn Vibes Cinnamon Hazelnut Black Tea

TeaTiff Picks: Autumn Vibes Cinnamon Hazelnut Black Tea. Instead of looking around and choosing what I thought looked best, I decided to take the Plum Deluxe Quiz. And based on the results I chose one of the suggestions. I adore hazelnuts but almost every tea blend that has them has almonds too and being allergic to almonds I no can do. The blend looks fantastic and I can’t wait to give it a try. Will update this when I do.

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TEATSY (HONG KONG) CO., LIMITED

Every once in a while I run across a teaware site that I think sells tea but doesn’t. Until now I haven’t added any of them wanting to stick more with tea companies but every person that loves tea should also have a good appreciation for teaware. Grab your favorite pot and tell it it’s time for a new one.

Websitewww.TeaTsy.com

Location Headquarters: Hong Kong

Company Focus:

  • Quality teaware

Most popular company tea(s)?-

  • Yingde Black Tea

Does the company name have a meaning? 

  • With inspiration from Etsy.com, we aim to create an e-commerce site for tea that truly respects craftsmanship in this industry.

What is your and/or your co-workers’ favorite tea?  

  • Bi Luo Chun/Phoenix Dan Cong

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?

  • The key to a sustainable future for this industry

What role does tea play in our lives? 

  • A lifetime companion.

Social Media:

Anything else you’d like to add?

  • At TeaTsy, tea is our passion and we are committed to designing, curating, and sourcing the highest quality tea goods in the world. We are a small team of passionate Chinese oversea returnees with the mission to provide global tea lovers with a one-stop solution for all their tea needs. 

All things small for tea are irresistible

TeaTiff Picks: Serendipity” – High-grade Borosilicate Heat-Resistant Glass Mini Teapot. I used to have a mini glass teapot. It worked for all things and I adored it. Until it broke. But I know where I’m getting my next one from now.

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Verileaf True Teas Corp

As you discover more tea companies you will notice that many travel under the radar. Some, such as Verileaf, cater to a select group of tea drinkers, wholesalers, retailers, and packers. You will notice while looking on their website that the order process is different from your usual tea website. You can’t order tea as you would at your hometown shop but don’t let that stop you from looking. Ms. Kung has over 30 years of experience working with tea and through her company continues to share tea knowledge with her customers. If you own a tea business be sure to send her an e-mail!

Website: https://www.verileaf.com/ E-mail: verileafteas@gmail.com

Location Headquarters: San Marino, CA, USA

Company Focus:

  • Verileaf is a direct importer of specialty teas from Sri Lanka, India, China, Japan, Taiwan, and Germany. Verileaf has enjoyed many years of trust and support from vetted suppliers, whose management practices and certifications are reviewed and documented. We source widely and offer several grades for many teas, allowing for breadth as well as depth, and always with flavor and safe practices as priorities.

Most popular company tea(s)?

  • Not easy to pin down: early spring Green teas are well received each season, and other categories (White, Oolongs, Black teas, Puer) do consistently well. What is heartening to see is the elevation of standards among our wholesale customers: we have seen a move towards very place-specific teas, not always high-end teas, but ones that truly express the region and its local tea tradition.

Does the company name have a meaning?

  • The “veri” in Verileaf refers to verity and authentic teas from origins.

Do you participate in any charities?

  • The Zigen Fund (based in NY), now in its 34th year, provides access to education for children in poorer, remote areas in China, primary health care in villages, and environmental education for farmers.

What is your favorite tea?  

  • Single Trunk Oolongs & 1st flush Darjeelings

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?

  • Transparency is part of traceability, which I think is paramount. The chance discovery of a tea from a farmer may perhaps provide some short-term satisfaction, but a documented and certified trail showing safety measures is crucial. Beyond what the FDA requires, knowledge about and monitoring risks and corrective actions, from pluck to transport, are essential.

What role does tea play in our lives?

  • With so many teas coming from a single plant, we have a wide variety of choices, for an everyday cup or for a special occasion. Simply brewing a cup can bring a moment of reflection, about the tradition that each tea represents: craft, knowledge, skill, and an image of those specific places that yield distinctive teas.
  • This becomes most evident when one has time to brew tea in a covered bowl or small pot: the bloom of aroma and taste from one infusion to the next signifies how much the leaves can yield.

Social Media:

  • We keep a low profile, leaving our customers the opportunity to share their enthusiasm. Verileaf is committed to product knowledge, and posts to our wholesale customers are an important part of our work. We find that tea consumers are eager for education, which in turn motivates them to try more varieties.

Anything else you’d like to add?

  • Having served as a judge for many years at the N. American Tea Championships, Verileaf’s teas were not eligible for submission to the contests, but I have had the opportunity to taste many prize-worthy teas and am confident Verileaf’s teas offer high quality and good value.

Showing the differences in tea leaves once they’ve been processed.

TeaTiff Picks: Everything? I seriously can’t pick just one. She has sourced so many amazing teas. A bundle of some sort is what I would need.

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Plum Blossom Tea Company

Tea can be found in the most unexpected places. And sometimes it is hidden exactly where it belongs. Within the Heart of Zen office is the Plum Blossom Tea Company boutique. These teas have been specially curated to not only suit the needs of the owner who performs tea ceremonies but also work alongside with the Heart of Zen.

Website: https://plumblossomtea.com/

Location Headquarters: 106 Adams Street, Suttons Bay, MI, USA

Company Focus: 

  • Fine tea experience, through private tastings (Gong Fu style), tea meditations, and Japanese tea ceremony. We are about educating people in ways to enjoy tea based in some of the traditional roots of the plant’s countries of origin.

Most popular company tea(s)? 

Does the company name have a meaning? 

  • Yes, the plum blossom was the celebrated flower of Japan, before the cherry blossom. Also, the plum is the symbol of endurance, as it is the first fruit tree to blossom in the spring. Since we live in Northern Michigan, fruit trees endure very snowy winters!

Do you participate in any charities?  

  • Yes, mostly local: LIFT (Leelanau Investing For Teens); Title Track (Water. Equity. Youth); WRC (Women’s Resource Center); DBCFSN (Detroit Black Community Food Security Network). These are primarily tea ceremony donation recipients.

What is your favorite tea? 

  • All the teas we sell are teas I have personally chosen because I like them. I do LOVE matcha, and raw puers!

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry? 

  • YES. I am a third-party tea venue. It has been as important to me to vet my tea folks, as it has been for some of them to vet me. We are proud to pay fair prices for the tea we purchase. The teas we sell are organic and/or grown without commercial pesticides.

What role does tea play in our lives? 

  • A cup of tea is a cup of peace.” – Soshitsu Sen XV.

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Anything else you’d like to add?

  • We are open by appointment only. Don’t hesitate to call or text to coordinate a time to visit the tea shop or schedule a private tea event. 231-386-7616

TeaTiff Picks: Snow Orchid. There is something special, something mystical in the though of an orchid in the snow. One can imagine what this tastes like even without having it in front of them. Floral and refreshing with mineral hints.


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