The Denman Island Tea Company

About a four hour drive plus a ferry ride away from Vancouver, Canada is where you will find the amazing tea shop of Denman Island Tea Company. I was introduced to this company back in 2017 when they were known as The Tea Guy. Loved the depth of detail he gave on his teas and even now I appreciate his knowledge that can be ascertained in each cup I make. Even if you can’t visit their shop I highly suggest you give their tea a try.

Websitehttps://denmantea.ca/

Location(s) Headquarters : Courtenay, BC, Canada

Company Focus: Blending and sourcing premium organic teas and tisanes. 

Most popular company tea(s)?  

  • Our most popular teas are our London Fog Latte blend and our Cream Of Earl Grey.  

Does the company name have a meaning?

  • We changed the name from Teaguy Teas to The Denman Is Tea Co when we moved the company to the Island in 2017.  The intention was to start a tea farm and grow some of our own black, green and oolong teas.  With the planting of 500 camellia sinensis plants, we decided to change the name of the company to the Denman Island Tea Company. In the very near future, you will be able to try our Denman Island grown teas. 

Do you participate in any charities?  

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

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?

  • I am all for providing the customer the most up to date and current info about the tea they are buying.  After being in the the upper end of specialty tea for 22 years, we have established alliances with some of the cleanest and most reputable organic gardens around the world.  I have visited many of them, and can confirm that they are indeed as good as we say they are.  We rarely sell any tea that is not certified organic or has passed the EU certification for pesticide residues. 

What role does tea play in our lives?  

  • Tea has been part of the Canadian culture ever since the British arrived in the 16th century. Being from the East Coast, tea is served with almost every meal so it has been ingrained into my lifestyle since I was a child.

TeaTiff Picks: Bourbon Vanilla Rooibos. I can’t believe I forgot about this rooibos. The first time I tried it I thought the fact that I could taste the presence of the bourbon was fascinating. The more sessions I had the more I discovered. But I’ll leave it a mystery because I want you to experience it too.

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Casting Whimsy Tea

What happens when a wizard, satyr, human, and a gnome sit down for a cup of tea? Depends on how they roll their charisma I’d say. Or maybe their perception depending on the place they are drinking the tea. If you love a bit of role play with your cuppa you’ve come to the right tea shop.

Websitehttps://www.castingwhimsy.com/

Location: 203 Main St., Woodstock, IL 60098

Company Focus:

  • We create our own recipes for our loose leaf teas, source the organic and fair trade ingredients from around the world, and blend & package in our shop in Northern IL.

Most popular company tea(s)? 

  • Currently our most popular is Queen of Hearts. This is an herbal blend made with apples, oranges, cranberries, hibiscus, and cinnamon.

Does the company name have a meaning?

  • Casting as in casting a spell and Whimsy as in playful and/or fanciful

Do you participate in any charities?

  • Yes, we donate all our tips. United Relief Foundation

What is your (or any of your other co-workers’) favorite tea?

  • Favorites here are Turning Violet (blueberry herbal available in the summer), Mayhem (coffee & hazelnut black), Persie (pomegranate ginger green).

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?

  • Transparency is very important. We create our own blends and know exactly where all our ingredients come from. We are not, nor have we ever, ordering preblended teas wholesale which are carried by hundreds of other shops. Our blends are unique to us. It’s especially important when offering organic/non -gmo and fair trade to know how the sourcing process works and who your suppliers are.

What role does tea play in our lives?

  • Tea does so many things for so many people. We’ve learned during the pandemic it is a source of comfort and relaxation in unknown times. 

Anything else you’d like to add?

We ship all over the United States 6 days a week. We hope you’ll check out what we offer.

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Blueberry Sticky Snickets

TeaTiff Picks: Elevenses. A foolish but brave little hobbit once asked, “What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn’t he?” What would a hobbit have for elevenses anyway? One could probably assume a brisk sort of brew such as this or one mixed with a few dried black currants and then some thumbprints alongside.

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Longeviteas

Ran out of tea. Tried to order more. Couldn’t find the company name. Sound familiar? Just wait it gets better. The top of the canister says shoplongevitea.com. So I type in Longevitea and send a message. We are both confused. But we both love tea. In the end it’s a win-win. I found a great new tea company and she has a customer for life. Once you discover their blends I know you will be too!

Websitehttps://www.longeviteas.com/

Location : Los Angeles, CA

Company Focus: 

  • We formulate and hand-blend evidence-based herbal teas for immunity, longevity, stress/anxiety, and memory/brain health using only ingredients that have been proven to work in peer-reviewed scientific articles.

Most popular company tea(s)? 

  • Right now, our Immunity and Tranquility blends are in a tie for most popular. Given that we’re in the middle of a global pandemic, it’s pretty easy to see why these two would be flying off the shelf.

Does the company name have a meaning?

  • Longeviteas actually started as a holiday present! Wanting to give something handmade to my friends, I decided that I was going to combine my loves of tea and science to create a unique gift that no-one else could. I’d just finished reading an article in the New York Times called The Island Where People Forget to Die which follows a man diagnosed with terminal lung cancer who moves back to his ancestral island in the Mediterranean so he can die in peace. As he settles into the lifestyle of the island, he begins to feel better. He eats the food. He drinks the island tea. Years pass, and he doesn’t die. As a scientist with a PhD in pharmacology, I became fascinated.
  • What the hell was in that tea?!
  • I hit the research journals, diving not only into the herbs that made up this island tea, but all the substances consumed in all of the Blue Zones of the world (areas where more people live to over 100 years old). I decided that I was going to assemble these longevity substances to create the perfect tea. To be honest, I may have gotten a bit obsessive in my thoroughness. I ordered green tea from Japan, spices from the Mediterranean, and a special herb that only grows on the surface of rocks above 4000’ on the islands of Greece. After much taste-testing (for science!), I came up with the perfect blend, named it “Longevitea”, and gave it to my friends with a wish for long life.
  • Things went great until people started running out.
  • That spring was a constant stream of friends crying,“Noooo, I’m out of your tea! When are you going to make more?” After a dozen similar requests, followed by one friend following me around waving a wad of cash begging me to just make ONE batch, I decided that if I could make something this healthy taste good enough that everyone wanted more, maybe I was onto something. Thus, Longeviteas was born…

Do you participate in any charities?  

  • As Dr. Jess the scientist, I contribute to a number of charities including International Rescue Committee, Doctors Without Borders, and various worldwide animal rescue organizations. I also make microloans through Kiva, focusing on funding young girls’ education and female-owned business ventures. However, Longeviteas the company is still too young to have formed any official charity partnerships yet.

What is your (or any of your other co-workers’) favorite tea? 

  • Given that each has been created for a specific purpose, my favorite fluctuates depending on what I need at that moment. When I’m super stressed with grading and the drama of the daily news and having trouble unwinding, Tranquility is my favorite because all the GABA stimulants inside it (same as tranquilizers and alcohol) help me relax. When I’ve got the beginning of a sore throat and 3 classes to teach the next morning, Immunity is my favorite, because the 7 antibacterials inside it help kill whatever cooties I have trying to colonize my throat. It totally changes, depending on mood, needs, and even season (iced vs. hot).
  • This would probably be a good point to mention that, although I designed my tea blends based on the science first, I then made many batches of different blends, each in different amounts and tested these blends on dozens of my friends, having them fill out a taste test survey for each one. Using this data, I adjusted every blend until it was not only scientifically effective, it also TASTED good, averaging at least a 4 out of 5 on the “yummy scale”. Can you tell I’m also a professor of research methodology? Yeah. My friends are used to it.

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry? 

  • The same as my thoughts on the transparency of everything in the “wellness” industry: Have some science behind your claims, or don’t make them. If I hear one more company throwing around terms like “detox” or “adaptogen”, with no idea what they actually mean, I will implode into a little science singularity. Actually, while I may not be able to stop companies from trying to fool people with science buzzwords, I do spend a considerable amount of time teaching my students how to be critical consumers of information, so that they will know to look behind the buzz and ask “But, how does it work?” 

What role does tea play in our lives? 

  • The US has been behind much of the world in tea consumption, focusing mostly on coffee, but that’s starting to change. For me, coffee is to tea what fast food is to slow food. You have to slow down to make a cup of tea. It has to be brewed for X number of minutes, and there’s no making that happen any faster, no matter how big of a hurry you’re in. Tea is also slower in the chemical boost it gives you, with considerably less caffeine than coffee. When you add in the anti-inflammatory health benefits of tea, you get a whole picture of calm and health. So, I guess overall, I see coffee as something I drink, but tea is an experience.

Anything else you’d like to add? If you’re unsure which blend might be right for you, try our new “Which tea for me?” questionnaire on our website. I’m also always here to answer questions at jess@longeviteas.com.

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TeaTiff Picks: Sampler Set. All four blends are amazing. What I pick depends on how I’m feeling and time of day. This sampler is the perfect size for those who tend to go through tea a bit slower and like to sample a bit of everything.

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BrutaliTeas

Metal music is a genre that is vastly underappreciated. While many are turned off from the “screaming”, they are missing out on some seriously amazing beats. But then we take some amazing music and mix it with tea? Heck yes!! Also, if you are a dad or like puns or both you’ll love the tea names. Now steep some tea and gallop into this post with me. Just don’t head bang while trying to drink your cuppa.

Website: https://www.brutaliteas.com/

Location Headquarters:

  • Central NJ – Online/Local Events Only (But searching for the perfect forever home for our teas)

Year Created: 2016

Company Focus:

  • BrutaliTeas was created to combine our love of tea and puns with something else that has always meant a lot to us over the years… metal/rock music, and horror movies! We wanted to create something that ourselves and our customers could really connect with on a different level. There are more than enough tea brands out there, but how many of those have something about them that someone can really relate to on a more personal level? We’re here to bring unique and quality hand-crafted loose leaf tea blends, and a good laugh during your tea time. And who knows, maybe some of our blends will inspire you to get out some of those old cd’s, records, or VHS tapes that you haven’t played in awhile!

Most popular company tea(s)?

  • I’d say our top three are Faith No S’mores (Chocolate Black Tea with Mini Marshmallows & Graham Cracker Pieces), Black Tea No.1 (Vanilla Black Tea, Toasted Mate, Chocolate Honeybush & Espresso Coffee Beans), and Bohemian Raspberry (Raspberry Apple Green Tea). Fun fact: Our Bohemian Raspberry was actually used in a craft beer for Broken Goblet Brewing in Bensalem, PA!

Does the company name have a meaning?

  • Long story short BrutaliTeas may have never come to be if it wasn’t for a dear friend of ours. He knew we were trying to create a brand that really had meaning to us and one day he asked, “Why don’t you guys make some metal sounding teas?! Some teas with brutal names?!” (followed by him and Adam coming up with some ridiculously punny names amongst themselves for laughs). We laughed it off at first and almost wrote off the idea completely. Then one day, it all made sense to both of us. We had to do this. We both love metal. I love blending teas. Adam has a love for puns and bad “dad jokes”. It couldn’t be a more perfect combination! We told ourselves if we truly loved this idea and product, then there had to be others out there that would feel the same. We felt BrutaliTeas was the appropriate name to pick based off of the conversation that started it all :o)

Do you participate in any charities?

  • Yes! We LOVE fundraising! There are actually a couple of ways in which we do fundraising to donate to charitable causes throughout the year.
  • We have a blend called the Detoxic Avenger, that we created in memory of our pug Griffin who we lost to lymphoma. Throughout the year, we donate 40% of the sales made from this particular tea to local area animal rescues or to a site called Paws 4 a Cure, which helps pet owners in need of financial assistance for unexpected veterinary costs due to major illness. We also do advent calendars as part of our holiday season fundraiser. We take $5 from the sale of each advent calendar and split where the funds are donated. We donate food supplies to The Volunteer Auxiliary for Animal Shelters (a rescue we volunteer with), and then we also pick an organization to help people in need. So far we have donated to OneSimpleWish.org (which primarily grants wishes to children in foster care) and Oceans of Love (which helps grant Christmas wishes for local families affected by cancer). While we are a small company, we truly believe in giving back and helping others.

What is your (or any of your other co-workers’) favorite tea?

  • Courtney’s favorite – Assam a Go-Go (I have it every morning), and Adam’s favorite is My Bloody Clementine. We have a new blend that is becoming a new favorite as well, Violet Cremes. It’s a milk oolong with violet flowers infused with violet extract. It’s delicious!

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?

  • As a business owner and a consumer, I would love to see the day where there is true transparency within the tea industry (and the food industry as a whole for that matter) so we can all make better and more educated decisions regarding who we choose to give our business to and what we put into our bodies.  

What role does tea play in our lives?

  • Tea is really special in that it has a way of providing us all with a different experience each time we have it. It becomes a daily part of our lives and it provides comfort to us in many different ways when we need it. The following quote by William Ewart Gladstone really says it all about tea: 

“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.”

– William Ewart Gladstone

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TeaTiff Picks: Waking the Lavender. I love a good Earl Grey. But I also love a unique Earl Grey. How many do you know contain blueberries? A great mix of flavors!

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Renegade Tea Estate

Located between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, is our first tea company from the country of Georgia! With the help of amazing companies we will see some amazing teas come from this country. Thank you, Renegade Tea Estate, for being a company that stands for the people and heading such an amazing project.

Websitewww.renegadetea.com

Location(s) Headquarters : Gumati village, Tskaltubo municipality, Imereti, Georgia.

Company Focus: 

  • Our motto is “It’s not our tea we are selling to you, it’s your tea we are growing for you!” and this is what defines our everyday focus. We grow the tea organically, without any pesticides, herbicides or other harmful chemicals, the tea is hand-picked to provide the best quality and produced in our small factory by either Tomas or Hannes. Whatever is done with the tea during the process is always written on the package and you can even come and see for yourself how your tea is grown and produced.

Most popular company tea(s)? 

  • Renegade Black – The most typical Georgian black tea which is naturally sweet and fruity and quite smooth, doesn’t have a lot of tannins. Many people who don’t like black tea, have been surprised by the mellow taste.

Does the company name have a meaning? 

  • Per se, Renegade is not necessarily a positive name. It is often referred to as an outlaw, deserter or something similarly negative. Usually, people don’t like disruptors, who do things differently and disregard the traditions or generally accepted behaviors. Still, we felt that exactly this name – Renegade – is the one that best characterizes the nature of our company.
  • Firstly, because of ourselves – leaving our comfortable office careers to become tea farmers overnight in a different country does feel a bit unorthodox.
  • Secondly, from the very beginning, we didn’t want to be a regular tea company. We want to avoid growing into a big anonymous corporation. We do not measure our success by how many international awards we win, our goal is to build the most authentic small tea estate you can find which has a close and active community of tea lovers around the world. We want to be tea farmers, hands in the dirt, wearing rubber boots and we want to be tea producers, discovering new angles of Georgian tea every year. And we want to stay like this. More information about our name can be found here: https://www.renegadetea.com/blogs/renegade-rumblings/we-are-the-renegades

Do you participate in any charities?

  • We do not participate actively in any charity right now, but we try to give our part by helping the local community on a daily basis. We offer jobs to the people from nearby villages, so they do not have to leave their villages behind due to lack of employment. The villages in our region haven’t had stable job opportunities since the tea industry collapsed and many people have left to the cities or abroad. We hope that with the jobs we offer, the villages will not go completely empty. We also cooperate with youth centers and orphanages to offer them free tours and tea.

What is your (or any of your other co-workers’) favorite tea? 

  • There are many favorites, but I think for our team the favorite is Lazy Morning – a fresh and floral oolong that opened up the world of oolong teas for us.

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry? 

  • At the very beginning, there were two things that convinced us to become tea farmers. Firstly, seeing the hundreds of abandoned tea plantations just laying around in Western Georgia.
  • Secondly, understanding how the tea world is dominated by big whole-sellers and middlemen. A package of tea at the regular supermarket can easily say that it was “Made in Germany” without any other specifications. We, as consumers, often do not know where the tea is coming from, how and by whom it was grown and produced, and how clean or safe it is. At the same time, with the big players setting the rules on the market, very little recognition and profits get to the people who have grown and produced the tea. Even with the international certifications, the workers hardly ever get a fair paycheck for the work they do.
  • The lack of transparency was one of the main things that motivated us to start as a tea farm and to do things differently. Our aim is to be one of the most transparent tea estates out there, so our customers would really know and trust us. The other important thing for us is to provide jobs for the local community, so they would earn a proper living and not leave for the cities, leaving the village behind.

What role does tea play in our lives?   

  • Tea has a powerful ability to calm us down in this hectic world, invigorate when we need more energy. It can be consumed alone in complete tranquility and at the same time, it brings together friends from around the world, no matter what is your background. It really is one magical thing 😊

Anything else you’d like to add? 

  • Renegade Tea Estate is a tea farm in Georgia (the country, not the state in the USA) that was established by a group of Estonians and a Lithuanian who got tired of the daily rat race in the corporate world. We decided to change our office careers for rubber boots to help to save the abandoned tea plantations of Georgia.
  • Georgian tea has a centuries-long history, and just 30 years ago, it was one of the biggest tea producers in the world. At peak, in 1985, ca 70, 000 hectares of land was under tea plantations and 150 ,000 tons of tea was produced in Georgia, compared to the 2000-3000 tons made today. The heyday was abruptly ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The industry crashed in only 5 short years. Big factories were closed and whole regions lost their employment as Georgia dealt with the aftershocks that the fall of the Soviet Union sent through the region. The tea industry lost its main export market – unable to compete with Sri Lanka and China on the newly opened market of former Soviet Republics. The shortage of knowledge on how to operate a company in a market economy became fatal for most of the factories and cooperatives. Hundreds of tea plantations were abandoned together with huge factories that were scattered around the whole of western Georgia. This sorry state of affairs has lasted for the past 25 years. We want to give our part to help to bring Georgian tea back to the world map by rehabilitating abandoned tea plantations and introducing Georgian tea to the world.

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TeaTiff Picks: Lazy Morning. Being a mom and the type of person who works out in the morning, I don’t really have lazy mornings. But this sounds nice. I can’t wait to give the 2021 version a try.

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Sorate

You never know what you will discover with Facebook ads. Mine are full of tea. And this is how I was introduced to Sorate. Their website has a clean and urban feeling to it. Being a big fan of matcha I was drawn to their beautiful pictures and immediately loved that they put their farmers first.

Website: https://sorate.co/

Location(s) : New York. Tea comes from Uji, Japan

Company Focus: 

  • Japanese Matcha and Green Tea.
  • Sorate’s mission is to provide the world with the perfect harmony of science-based wellness practices and traditional Japanese plant-based medicine to enrich the body, mind, and spirit. In Japan, green tea is part of a ritual experience centered around meditation—a state of mindful consciousness and tranquility; at Sorate we focus on that experience that complements the well-known health benefits of green tea. Our passion for tea is founded within health and wellness.

Most popular company tea(s)? 

Does the company name have a meaning? 

  • Sorate is a slang popular in the Veneto region of Italy, meaning “calm down” or “cool off”, while “Sora” in Japanese means “Sky”. The logo is half a perfect circle in honor of Giotto, Leonardo Da Vinci and the light of the Roman Pantheon, the other half refers to the Japanese zen circle, Enso.

Do you participate in any charities?  

  • We have donated part of our profits to The Who (World Health Organization) to help research on COVID19.

What is your (or any of your other co-workers’) favorite tea?

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?

  • We share with our customers all information about where our tea comes from, such as elevation, cultivar, processing methods used, etc. Sorate teas and matcha are sourced from a family owned farm of Sencha Tea inventor, Nagatani Soen, in the Uji region of Kyoto Japan. A haven of lush vegetation encapsulated by green rolling hills, Ujitawara offers the most optimal nutrient rich soil for cultivating the highest grade of Japanese green tea.

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Anything else you’d like to add? 

  • Sorate is a subscription based brand with different option for monthly boxes and accessories. 

TeaTiff Picks: TEASERS BUNDLE. Why try one when you can try a few? When trying out a new company I generally prefer to try out smaller amounts first. Enough to give it a few sessions but not the usually 1 – 2 ozs because it takes me forever to get through that much tea. This bundle comes with seriously cute and functional tins. If you enjoy matcha pure, you will enjoy their super premium offering.

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Happy Turtle Tea

Tea is happiness. Tea with connections to your favorite fandom? Exuberance! HTT has something for every palate. Being a fan of Marvel, DC, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and so on, I love seeing another fan use our love of all things geek and tea to fuse them together to create something unique. Do you have any favorite tea quotes from movies? Comment with them below!

Website:  happyturtletea.com

Location:

  • Based in Phoenix, Arizona.  Online only through our website at happyturtletea.com and we also have an Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/HappyTurtleTea. We do not have a retail storefront but prior to COVID I did do local conventions, comic-cons, etc.

Company Focus: 

  • Custom blended teas inspired by your favorite fandoms. This includes movies, tv, comics, literature, music, and anything else that brings out the geek in all of us.

Most popular company tea(s)? 

  • Night in the Glittering Caves is our most popular blend. It went out in the Sips by Magic Box in the Fall and has received a lot of support!

Does the company name have a meaning? 

  • I love turtles and tea, and tea makes me happy! Honestly, it just spoke to me.

Do you participate in any charities?

  • No, not currently. On a small level, I do participate in some charity auctions via some Facebook markets. Before COVID hit I was looking into connecting with a sea turtle foundation, so that is still on the to-do list.

What is your (or any of your other co-workers’) favorite tea?

  • From my store – My favorites are The Seventh Doctor (lavender and vanilla earl grey) and Alchemy & Destiny (Pu-erh with pistachio and papaya)

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?

  • I think that we have grown to a point where the tea industry deserves transparency. I know many think this will limit the growth of the industry, but I think tea can stand on its own as a beverage of choice.  

What role does tea play in our lives?

  • My company’s tagline is ‘Take a sip of happiness.’ That’s what tea is, its happiness in a cup. Yes, some look at tea and say ‘It’s just a drink”, but for many of us, tea plays an active role in our lives every day. Whether we are drinking it because we need its ability to calm us when we are agitated, or boost us when we are down. It can also be that warm hug you need at the end of a long day, or that gentle kiss goodnight. The most beautiful part, is that so many different people from different walks of life can sit down over a cup of this liquid joy, and just enjoy each other’s company.

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TeaTiff Picks: Dancing Dragons. You can find tea quotes in many random places but some of my favorite have been associated with Avatar: The Last Airbender. This one has goji berries which is also a plus in my book. And maybe I’m wrong but I’d like to think the name is referring to the fire bending dragon dance. The anime nerd in me though immediately thinks FUSION HA!


Uncle Iroh Would you like a pot of tea?

Prince Zuko We’ve been working in a tea shop all day. I’m sick of tea!

Uncle Iroh Sick of tea? That’s like being sick of breathing!

– Avatar: The Last Airbender

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Verdant Tea

How often do you think about sustainability? What does it mean to you? Until I discovered Verdant Tea a few years ago, sustainability was just a nice word you expected a company to uphold but not necessarily talk about. What I’ve learned through Verdant Tea is that one does not just talk about sustainability, they live it. The three pillars, economic, environmental, and social, are their essence. And with each year that goes by you can see how their commitment is shaping the well-being of the farmers they partner with. This in turn leads to amazing tea.

Website: https://verdanttea.com/

Location: Saint Paul, MN and partner farmers in China

Company Focus:

  • Advocating for small family farmers and transformative agriculture in tea through complete transparency- sharing the stories of the farmers- thinking of them as clients that we assist with logistics, not vendors, and investing back in the tea growing communities.

Most popular company tea(s)?

Does the company name have a meaning?

  • Yes! Verdant takes its name from the character for tea 茶, whose meaning comes from the radical component for growing plants. At the core of the meaning of tea is growth and abundance, an old-seal script throwback to the basic concept of life coming up from the soil. Verdant felt like the best English language word to capture the concept of growth and abundance that makes 茶 mean 茶。

Do you participate in any charities?

  • Verdant Tea is most heavily invested in community building work in China, in the communities that grow the actual tea. This includes Li Xiangxi’s Yangxian Tea Institute, which is involved in tea research, Song Dynasty archaeology, and teaching Wuyi tea ceremony to a new generation. Verdant Tea is also involved in capital investment for the He Family cooperative in Laoshan to help more families gain access to tea craft equipment and knowledge, as well as work on rural school building in Qianjiazhai organized by cooperative head Master Zhou and Mr. Deng.
  • In the United States, Verdant Tea donates to Southern Poverty Law Center, Black Table Arts, Association for Black Economic Power, Legal Rights Center, Restore North, United Renters For Justice, and Unicorn Riot.

What is your (or any of your other co-workers) favorite tea?

  • From Chris – It’s hard to choose just one favorite! Seasonality is so important and one of the things I love about tea. If I had to choose, it would likely be Spring season teas, especially fresh Bilochun green tea from the He Family. There’s nothing like waiting all winter for the first pickings of Spring to become available and savoring the flavor of a fresh harvest.
  • From David and Lily – Any tea that surprises us! The joy of tea is that every session brings something new to our understanding of the tea, the varietal, the person who made it, and the place where it is from. Being in China really energizes that thrill of being humbled by something totally unexpected. 

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?

What role does tea play in our lives?

  • Tea is a bridge between intangible beauty (the philosophy and poetry of the Daoist and Buddhist tea traditions, the memory of beautiful places, the hospitality of kind farmers, the skill and industry-shaking expertise of the best craftspeople, and of our relationship with nature), and tangible beauty. It takes those intangibles and puts them within reach through an encompassing experience of taste, texture and aroma. 

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TeaTiff Picks: This is another one where I truly can’t pick just one. They have so many amazingly crafted teas, however, I choose three that are on the top of my reorder list. King of Thieves Dancong. The first time I had session with this tea I was stunned by the flavor and the story is pretty cool too. Next we have Laoshan Osmanthus Black. I love this tea so much I can literally smell and taste it as I sit here typing without a cup of it. Last is Shi Feng Longjing #43. Dragonwell is a very well known name in the tea world but generally it is one I felt was uninspiring until I tried this one. Reminiscent of passionfruit and sweet grass, it will quickly become your favorite too. Lily was kind enough to give me a great explanation on the differences of Longjing and Dragonwell a few years ago, if you are interested feel free to check out that link.

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Teko

Halló. Grab your tebolli, pour some hot water on your teblöð, and then come join me while we explore our first Icelandic tea company! Iceland is a beautiful country. Home to the famous Blue Lagoon and Norse Mythology. It’s two biggest exports are aluminum and fish. While camellia sinensis can’t grow in Iceland it can be expertly mixed with local herbals to create amazing blends!

Website:  tekotea.us

Location(s) Headquarters: Kópavogur ICELAND; USA Distribution = Denver, Colorado

Company Focus

  • Our mission is to bring Icelandic tea blends to the world.

Most popular company tea(s)?

Does the company name have a meaning?

  • TEKO means “tea from Kópavogur”

Do you participate in any charities?  

  • The founder of Teko and USA distributor support women-founded and women-owned businesses.

What is your (or any of your other co-workers’) favorite tea?  

  • Depends on my mood. Today? MJADJURT: MEADOWSWEET & GREEN TEA

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry? 

  • Transparency is important in all industries.

What role does tea play in our lives? 

  • Tea provides for a calm, peaceful and meditative space to be shared alone or with community. Tea links the world together.

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TeaTiff Picks: FJALLAGRAS. Can’t say that moss is the first thing to cross my mind as something I want to steep in water and drink but considering it’s history and use within Icelandic society it is definitely something I want to try!

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KureTea

Around the world, many people study chakra and how it affects our well-being. To go along with your studies and meditations, Kure tea has created seven wonderous blends. Each will open a unique pathway and connect in a way you weren’t able to before.

Websitehttps://kure-tea.com/

Location Headquarters : Costa Mesa, CA

Company Focus:

  • Healing through nature and nurture.

Most popular company tea(s)? 

Does the company name have a meaning?

  • The concept of the name Kure Tea was inspired by the lady gaga song, “The Cure”!  This is a secret that nobody has unlocked until now! The interpretation basis of the song is about love being the “cure”.  Lady gaga states, ” if I can’t find the cure, I will fix you with my love”. KureTea also shares this same mission. We love tea and uniting people through tea consumption. 

Do you participate in any charities?  

  • As a new small business, the financial backbone is still in development but there are more ways to give other than financially!
  • KureTea donated tea last year (2020) to the YMCA to help stuff stockings and support the troops with a little extra holiday cheer! #supportthetroops #ymcalagunaniguel #ustroops #usa

What is your (or any of your other co-workers’) favorite tea?

  • My favorite tea is the Meditative Moringa.  This is my go to tea for relaxation and it helps me when I have trouble sleeping. The Co-Owner of KureTea, Jessica’s go to tea is Crown Chakra tea. This his her favorite tea to drink when she has a headache. 

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?

  • Tea transparency for KureTea incorporates a conscious effort to source materials that engage in fair practices and utilize materials that are eco-friendly.  KureTea believes that energy is harvested from within so utilizing materials that support the life of the planet is important to us.

What role does tea play in our lives?

  • Tea plays a spiritual role for KureTea. A cup of tea utilizes herbs that are grown on this planet. Herbs that our ancestors used to support their daily living functions. Tea is more than a luxury it is a necessity.

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Anything else you’d like to add?

  • KureTea started its herbal tea line based on the chakras. Chakras are considered the energy life forces within our bodies. Each chakra tea has been curated specifically to align with each chakra.

Saffron Sync

TeaTiff Picks: Saffron Sync. I was going to choose the Heart Chakra for the interesting mix of jasmine pearls with the other herbal ingredients but I spied this saffron blend. Not only does it have red saffron but it also has yellow saffron and turmeric. A blend that will truly leave you feeling enlightened.

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