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About us

At TEALEAVES, we believe in blending.  

 

We have been the blender of choice for five-star hotels and Michelin chefs worldwide. And now, you.  

 

Blending is at the core of our philosophy. We have earned our global reputation for skillfully pairing teas and botanicals to craft the ultimate palate experience.

 

Our approach to blending is not limited to teas and botanicals. With deep-rooted values in craftsmanship, innovation and art & beauty, we blend techniques, stories, people, companies and ideas. The goal: to inspire connections and creativity, on the search for the ultimate lifestyle.


The Beginning

For two decades, TEALEAVES has been recognized as the leading luxury tea blender of choice for five-star properties and Michelin chefs worldwide.

FROM HOTELS TO YOU

We earned our unmatched reputation in blending through creating innovative blends for some of the world’s best, like Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Alain Ducasse, Guy Savoy, and hotels, like the Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental.

 

Working with notable culinary leaders allowed us to propel ourselves. With extensive presence in the five-star world, we understood the importance of detail-orientation, constant innovation and shaping trends.

TEALEAVES ICONS

ICONS is a collective of culinary innovators, artists and visionaries; our kindred spirits in craftsmanship. Despite the uniqueness of each expression, the ICONS are all united in creativity and the profound passion for what they do. Inspired by their philosophy of craftsmanship, they have been the muses for many of our blends.

Custom blender of choice

When exceptional hotels and chefs want exceptional teas, they turn to us.

 

Culinary and mixology artists have used our blends in their repertoire of secret ingredients for more than two decades. Often, chefs use the nuanced complexity of our blends to amplify the intensity of culinary creations at competitions like Bocuse D’Or.

 

Getting a blend right is critical: to enshrine the client’s culinary inspiration and ideas and explicate them into a complex flavor profile.

 

When Jean-Georges Vongerichten wanted to capture the flavor of fresh lemon verbena, he reached out to TEALEAVES. What made this challenge exceedingly difficult was the completely disparate palates of fresh and dried lemon verbena. When dried, the vibrant plant loses its volatile flavor oils, completely altering the flavor profile. Delighted by this challenge, we tasked ourselves to find ingredients that, in combination, could replicate the unique profile of fresh verbena.

 

After hundreds of trials that spanned over half a year, we were able to replicate the light and sweet aroma lemon verbena by artfully blending lemongrass, lemon balm and lemon verbena.

Creating the best cup of tea for you

FROM SECRET GARDENS TO YOU

At TEALEAVES we source our teas and botanicals from the world’s tier-1 gardens. The fuller the leaves, the more robust and complex the palate. Whether from a single-estate or a combination, we carefully source to curate blends that are the very best expression of terroir.

 

We bring the finest teas, flowers and herbs to our blending center, and meticulously cup out each ingredient, searching for the ultimate palate and nuanced complexity.

 

The best harvests are sent to us as samples.

CUSTOM BLENDING: A UNIQUE PHILOSOPHY

THE EVOLUTION OF DYNAMIC BLENDING

We are not concerned with matching last year’s English Breakfast. Instead, we seek to capture the best expression of terroir in a teacup.

 

Just like wine, the aim is not to maintain consistency over harvests, but rather to consistently re-formulate recipes. This dynamic approach to blending ensures that we are uncompromising on quality.

 

The art of blending is to be able to identify the cupping character of each raw ingredient. With an exceptionally formal tasting process developed over years, we have a deep understanding of how each ingredient influences the blend and adjusts each recipe, with palate as the final goal.

 

We choose our teas from over 90 countries in the world to select teas and botanicals of only the best quality, due to the variability in the environment. The quality of a leaf is highly affected by factors like climate, harvest timing and growing technique. Even a single lot from a single harvest can provide a lot of variability.

MAKING THE ORDINARY EXTRAORDINARY

Blending is the process of harmonizing single origin tea leaves and botanicals into one blend that brings out the best characteristics in each ingredient. 

 

With only a few tea purveyors that hold fast to such techniques, we are striving to keep the lost art of blending alive.

 

To create a single blend, a  plethora of experiments and cuppings take place in order to capture the optimal balance, leading to the perfect palate. This philosophy of continuous innovation has brought us fame for turning ordinary, classic teas into extraordinary blends.

 

When we blend, we aim for synergy. The goal is to create a palate experience that is greater than the sum of the individual teas and botanicals.

 

1 + 1 = 3

For Your Well-Being

We have set industry standards for our extremely high quality control processes and standards; we refuse to cut corners.

QUALITY CONTROL

TEALEAVES uses independent third-party lot testing for each botanical ingredient and strictly test for herbicides and pesticides.

 

Following Japanese and EU standards and using US certified labs, we have become highly regarded by world-class chefs and mixologists around the world.

SUPERCRITICAL DECAFFEINATION PROCESS

Our obsession with the details is evident in our decaffeination method.

 

The Supercritical CO2 processing method is a display of our commitment to wellness and environmental responsibility. We invest to keep your tea pure by using a completely organic and chemical-free decaffeination method.

 

Using pure water from the mountains of British Columbia to remove caffeine, the distinctive palate of the tea is preserved, without the use of any chemicals.

TEALEAVES INNOVATION

Our approach to blending is not limited to teas and botanicals. With deep-rooted values in craftsmanship, innovation and art & beauty, we blend techniques, stories, people, companies and ideas. The goal: to inspire connections and creativity, on the search for the ultimate lifestyle.

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