Why Pure Tea?
Tea Dealers has a singular focus: to bring the finest, highest grade of Tea from Asia to the rest of the world. While there are many great tea companies that make blends we believe our mission is to respect the expertise of the tea farms we work with and not modify the taste of the tea thereby changing their vision and the history of their practice. It is for this reason we offer only pure teas.
Often we work with small farms that offer complex teas that often taste like the area they are from, the other plants that grow around them and the special ways they are processed. Similar to wine, teas can taste “round,” “toasty,” “vegetal,” and any other number of descriptors we can use to convey the way a drink reminds us of other flavors or things. A knowledgeable farm can cultivate fine tea tree with a desired flavor profile that can be as layered as any blend. By presenting these complex teas without intruding on their natural taste we can offer a pure experience that we think is as structured and compelling as any blend available.
New to Tea
All true tea comes only from the Camellia sinensis or Assamica plant. Tea is categorized (white, green, oolong, black, puerh) by the level of oxidation that the leaf goes through after picking. Oxidation occurs upon picking and is halted by the use of heat in the initial processing. Oxidation is the same thing that happens to an apple when you cut it and it begins to visibly turn brown. Tea leaves start to emit heat and will slowly wither, curl, and turn brown as time passes. There is an enzymatic fermentation that occurs within the leaf that transforms catechin from a green leaf into tannin.
On our site you may find a number of teas you may not have heard of before. If you are new to these teas we created a simple navigation to help you get started. Most people tend to start from an idea of how much caffeine they wish to have in their tea (a strong cup of tea usually only has half the caffeine of coffee). Once you determine whether to caffeinate or not there is a great variance even within a single type of tea in terms of flavor profile. We choose our teas to be unique in flavor and tend not to overlap each other. For that reason we have included taste descriptions with each tea as well their origin, brewing directions, etc. If you like a certain tea you will find our recommendations for more tea we believe you will have enjoy based on the taste of the current tea you are viewing.
We also carry ceramics that are specific to certain teas. If you believe you will want to brew matcha please take a look at our bowls and whisks. Are you interested in Sencha? A kyusu teapot and small cup might be more appropriate. Have your own teapots but would like a pitcher for cooling or serving? We carry traditional pitchers that have been used for these purposes for centuries.
Finally please see our classes and tastings if you’d like to learn first-hand about tea. We offer a variety of tastings every month where you can learn in-depth about a set of teas from a country, or ones from a certain vertical, or just a sample of teas we find appropriate for the season. These tastings are fun and informal. Additionally we have educational classes that teach you how to properly create teas like matcha, which involve a more elaborate brewing process. Links to the information about our classes and tastings can be found in the navigation bar above.
If you have any questions about the tea we carry or need a recommendation we are always happy to help!
Tea Dealers works directly with agricultural conscious farms throughout Asia. Our relationships are built directly with the farmers and not through large distributors, which enables us to carry premium seasonal teas as well as competition and award winning varieties. Frequently, Tea Dealers is the only shop in the US with certain kinds of tea that cannot be found outside their country of origin simply because we have long-standing relationships with these farms and strive to find the best. We care deeply about the people behind the cultivation of tea and thus we never change, process or blend their creations. We do endless research in finding like minded individuals that appreciate the art and simplicity of a single cultivar. We invite you to discover and be amazed by the wide spectrum of taste that a masterfully processed tea can taste like.