About The Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants
Since 2004 we have been importing and handcrafting specialty loose-leaf tea blends in Portland, Oregon. Our specialty is providing the highest quality teas and herbal tisanes to gourmet retailers, restaurants, spas and individuals. Most of our teas are harvested and blended in small quantities, which allows us to share the freshest rare and seasonal teas.
About The Owners
We are deeply in love with tea! Our romance with tea began at different times: As a child, I would take tea with other little girls, and marvel at the many flavors it had to offer. For a rare treat, I would have tea with my grandmother, who shared a small piece of her Moroccan heritage by making mint tea...with lots of sugar. As an adult, I began exploring tea in new ways, from understanding how the leaves travel from the garden to the cup, to learning about the complex social history behind teas popularity. Today, I am still in awe of the endless array of flavors and rich cultural traditions of this singular beverage.
Chuck's tea exploration began more recently. He had sampled teas, but true appreciation did not take hold until fate led him to his first cup of jasmine pearls. He was in love! Witnessing the discovery was quite amazing. So dazzled was he by the intoxicating combination, that he would take pearls with him everywhere, sharing a cup with anybody who would have one. This sharing of tea with friends and strangers became a new dynamic in our social lives.
Beginning in October of 2002, we had the opportunity to spend several months traveling Europe and Morocco. And of course, we sought out tea houses. La Teteria El Banuelo, which is literally in the shadow of the Alhambra, in Granada, Spain, became the birthplace of our idea. Some years and a thousand cups of tea later, this passion has grown into The Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants. We are proud to share with you our exciting discoveries. Join us for a taste!