We traveled the world during our college semester abroad and stumbled upon loose tea for the first time. It was in a tiny Czech teahouse in the center of Prague that got us hooked on tea.
We returned to the US and quickly discovered a problem. If we wanted loose tea, we had to go out of our way to a specialty store, pay an absurd price and confront confusing tea names and origins. The tea world was filled with too much jargon and stereo-types of stuffy tea parties. What if we flipped it upside down?
We started Tiesta Tea to revolutionize the way people consume tea.
Finding the right tea should be simple: what will it do for me and what does it taste like. By focusing on function and flavor, we make tea approachable and easy to understand. We created five functional categories based on the health benefits that each blend naturally gives you. And with a variety of flavors within each function, there are blends to fit every taste and lifestyle.
We partner with grocery stores and cafes to make it easy to find great loose tea. We don’t have the overhead costs that brick and mortar tea shops have, allowing us to keep prices reasonable. No brick & mortar costs means we save, so you save.
We work directly with our suppliers, sourcing ingredients from across the globe and crafting our blends with the help of experienced herbalists. New flavors are precisely developed with extreme attention to detail, tasted and approved by our entire team because if we wouldn’t drink it, you shouldn’t either!
We believe in transparency and putting ingredients front and center. We do not use tea extracts, cane sugar, or artificial colors, allowing the flavor of the tea to shine on its own. Most of all, we believe tea should never be in a bag. Tea bags use lower quality ingredients with a fraction of the flavor and health benefits of a loose tea. That’s why once we went loose, we never went bagged!
We also believe that life is about more than just tea and business.
We believe in using our platform to give back directly to people in need in our communities. Billions of people lack access to clean water. To combat that, we set aside a portion of sales from each of our bottled teas to build water wells. We build these wells in communities in Nigeria that grow some of our ingredients. Because we want to support the communities that support us. Millions more do not have a place to sleep at night. Every January, our team and volunteers gather together to pass out hot tea and Warmth Kits to those living on the cold city streets of Chicago. We believe businesses shouldn’t just generate profits, they should do good, too.
It’s really that simple. Do what you love, step out of your comfort zone and be you. Be the best version of yourself that you can be and help others to do the same.