I don’t just “like” tea. I love tea. The greatest civilizations have thousands of years of tea-creating heritage, but the truth is that finding great tea is like hunting for The Lost Arc. Good tea is a rarity. Most of what you see in-stores is disappoint-tea-ing (*puns*). The quality is never really there and the leaves just have no taste.
But then you discover a place like Born Tea. And your life changes. Chinese tea drinkers rejoice- we have found our Lost Arc. Our Crystal Skull. Okay, enough of the Indiana Jones metaphors- Born Tea serves up some of the best Chinese tea that I’ve tasted and I’m about to shout it from the rooftops.
Based out of Hong Kong (My hometown!), this tiny tea-making company gets it right. Straight from high quality tea leaf farms in China, owners Leo and Ray have one simple goal – to bring the best Chinese teas to the rest of the world at a good, honest price. These college buddies-turned-business owners started out as pals, but soon found that they share the same values of bringing quality products from abroad to domestic customers. Born Tea sources the most authentic Chinese teas from China’s Yunnan and Fujian Province. Yunnan is known for the “Puer” (dark fermented tea) and “Dianhong” (a high-end Chinese tea), while Fujian is known for the “Tie Guan Yin” (high quality Oolong tea). Leo and Ray also get teas from other parts of China like Zhejiang and GuangXi. The industrious duo takes a very hands-on approach to their tea business and visit China frequently to ensure the quality and taste is up to their standards. And since they’re buying direct from China and packing the teas in Hong Kong, they are able to keep costs down for their loyal customers.
When you check out their website, you’ll notice that they restrict their tea selection to only a handful of options. This is part of their master plan. Leo and Ray are very selective and only want to sell the best, carefully-curated tea to their customers. Quality over quantity. The strategy works.
I recently tried three different types of teas:
When you try their teas, make sure you follow their Tea Brewing Guide. They even break down how long to steep and at what temperature depending on the tea you are brewing. You can also feel good about buying Born Tea, they donate 1% of their revenue to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
Now for the best part! If you want to try all these amazing teas from Born Tea, I have scored a coupon code for you. All you have to do is type in “Joyce12” at checkout and you’ll get $12 USD off your next order. This exclusive deal expires on June 30th, 2017, so go go go!