Green loose leaf tea was a new experience that grabbed me the moment I sat down with a friend in his office in New England. The room was filled with books, and in the corner were two chairs and a small table. In the center of the table was a bamboo tray; something that looked a bit like a cigar box with slats across the top, for water drainage I later found out. The room grew quiet as my friend shut the door and we sat down to start pouring one loose tea after another in his Yixing teapot. The pot was small, made from clay and was seasoned with use over the years. A Panan Dragonwell was the first loose leaf tea he served, and I equate this experience with someone giving his or her finest wine to a child. I knew little about tea or loose leaf tea leaves for that matter, but I could immediately tell a new world was being revealed to me.
These green loose tea leaves were grown at a high elevation, over 2600 feet, where it is cooler. The family had hand-picked and pan-fired the best loose leaf tea leaves, just as they have been doing for over 3 generations. The loose tea leaves were fresh and delicate and the liquor they produced was clear and sweet with a hint of nuttiness. My friend made it strong, in tiny ceramic cups, and we enjoyed many infusions before we moved on to the next loose tea, a Tung Ting Oolong. I was hooked, and quite frankly buzzed from all the caffeine.
My experience of discovery has never stopped, and as my knowledge grew, I could not help but surround myself with one loose tea after another. I started filling my cabinets with oolongs and green teas, learning words like Anxi, Formosa, Pheonix and Wuyi. Anxi Oolong tea leaves were rich in flavor and very complex. Pheonix Oolong was floral and with notes of lychee and honey. Wuyi Oolongs were rich, with a roasty complexity. I respected the makers and the stories behind their craft. They did not just live for the best loose leaf tea, but for the meaning behind it. I watched the withered loose tea leaves resurrect in the cup, something that has never lost its profundity.
I had grown up in the south with the knowledge that tea came from a Hardees drive through. Served sweet or unsweet, it was the same leaf as the finely made oolongs (camellia sinensis), but the difference in how it was grown, picked and processed made a stark contrast. One experience induced stress, while the other melted it all away.
Later, I sought out the best herbal pharmacologist I could find…and found him in Germany. This allowed me to produce pharmaceutical grade herbal and Ayurvedic blends that tasted better than anything that I could find in the U.S. I was now certain that the quality of all my loose tea leaves surpassed any standard and tasted amazing.
Years past; I was blending my own loose teas, and was certified by the Specialty Tea Institute. I visited loose tea gardens in Sri Lanka and could taste the difference between one garden and another. I made Rooibos blends, black loose leaf tea and green tea blends, putting anything together to see how it would turn out. My knowledge and experience grew, and when I launched the Portsmouth Tea Company in New Hampshire (2004), we began selling our unique blends in beautiful tins all over the nation. Then we opened our cafe, which served tea lattes, chai, and every manner of tea. Unfortunately, a poor choice of location killed the business and I needed to start all over. Thus, Teasy Teas was born. The logo came from a PowerPoint presentation I made to a buyer at the Target corporate office, in hopes they would one day buy a uniquely styled tea bag. They did not buy into my idea, but little did I know that I had made a logo for my own company. With $164 in my pocket, I rebooted the company and emailed my customers. Within 10 days, I was back in business under a new LLC and under a new name.
Teasy, which was formerly the Portsmouth Tea Company, now sells over 60 loose leaf teas and tea blends, including green tea, oolong tea, chai, rooibos, chamomile tea, black tea, white tea, rooibos tea (or tisane), herbal tea, fruit tea and some teaware (items used to help you make tea).
We are now a tea store that provides these loose tea leaves to over 250 café’s throughout the nation, and have developed a great program to educate baristas on how to make the perfect cup or latte and how to improve their margins & increase customer loyalty. The first step is always to use our loose tea, which tastes better than anything out there. Many of our teas go great with milk, and we teach how to steam and steep. You should try it yourself; loose tea leaves steeped in milk on the stove. Start with Earl Grey’, CHAI or Sweet Almond and a little honey. It’s awesome.
We also sell directly to you and have designed our tea website to be uniquely helpful. With over 60 loose teas available, and some of the most exotic blends imaginable, we know there is a tea in our store that is perfect for you. And we would be thrilled to help you make your choice.
Our loose leaf tea leaves will help you enjoy your day, and if you are like many of our customers, you will plan your entire day around your favorite cup. We know this because our customers keep coming back for more. We're frequently referred to as one of the best places to buy tea online. Thank you for your continued patronage.