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Actually that's their name, Art of Tea, and they create hand-crafted, organic, fair trade teas. I sampled the "Tropical Pineapple" blend tea and was surprised from the first taste with all of the flavor. You could actually taste the pineapple and mango in the tea as there were chunks of it floating among the loose tea leaves. Some sweet teas make you feel like you've just drunk a mouth full of potpourri, but this tea was just nice and refreshing.
The vision behind Art of Tea began in 1996 when CEO Steve Schwartz studied at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico and since then has traveled the world looking for the best tea leaves and also supporting local farmers. Art of Tea also includes other eco-friendly practices like refillable tea mugs made from corn and biodegradable tea bags. If you're interested in customizing a tea blend, they can help you out with that as well. On their website, you can learn more about drinking specific teas for specific health goals. Several of the teas use Eco Pyramid Tea Sachets, which are biodegradable and compostable. Unfortunately, the sachets are individually packaged. The website and online store offer unique, "custom fusions" as well as traditional blends of white, green and black teas. If you need a tea gift, there are teapots and teaware, like tea infusers and storage tins, on the site. Note, not all of the teas are organic and some are blends of organic and natural herbs.
Tea of the Month and Tea Sommelier Training
Interested in something different: Join the Tea of the Month club for 3 months ($40 USD), 6 months ($78 USD) or one year ($150 USD). Each month Art of Tea will ship you a new tea, often rare finds and special blends.
Want your staff to know their tea inside and out? Art of Tea offers a one on one Tea Sommelier Training Program. This would give your tea shop, boutique or restaurant something to set your business apart and you could even offer tea tasting programs now that you have an "expert" on staff. Don't have time for training? You can check out their Tea Tips online to learn the difference between pu-erh tea and oolong tea.
More about Art of Tea
The store is now based in Los Angeles, CA and includes sustainable practices throughout its business like composting, eco-friendly paints and cleaning supplies, and using electronic billing and "paper" whenever possible. A portion of the proceeds from each sale are donated to charity.
Interested in sampling some tea? Check them out at an upcoming event.