Tea is the most widely consumed prepared beverage on Earth. And The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is here to bring you the perfect version of the world's favorite drink.
The liquid gold in your cup began its journey thousands of miles away, on the lush tea plantations of Sri Lanka, Kenya, China, Japan, Thailand and India. We work directly with tea growers in these regions in handcrafting varieties of tea that meet our exacting specifications. Because of our standards for quality, taste and heritage, you're sure to enjoy the very best whole-leaf teas and tea drinks available anywhere.
On the road to tea perfection, we insist on staying connected to the harvest by purchasing directly from the growers - without middlemen, wholesalers, or importer-exporters. It's not only the right thing to do, it allows us to source and deliver the world's finest, most distinctive teas. By staying connected to the people for whom tea is a livelihood, we go beyond fair wages by giving back to the plantations, estates and communities that grow our delicious tea by supporting local education and health-care programs. Cultivating these close ties benefits everyone; from the local growers to our global customers who get to taste the benefits of our partnerships.
David DeCandia: Director of Tea
David is an industry pioneer. He travels the world in search of the best, and is regarded as a trailblazer in the art and business of all things tea. Through the years, he's joined forces with charitable organizations dedicated to the tea estates and communities where our teas are grown. He is a co-founder and a director of the Aid Lanka Kids Foundation and spearheads many community welfare initiatives at our many tea growing regions.
Tea cupping is a process of utilizing human senses to appreciate and evaluate tea, and proper cupping is an essential step in our meticulous process. Because quality can vary depending on its origin and the way tea is processed, tea buyers use this combination of art and science to determine quality and compare teas. Tea cupping is not just for tea professionals; tea enthusiast often cup to deepen their appreciation for teas.
Light and medium roasted coffees are milder, and maintain much of their origin characteristics. As coffee is roasted darker, its origin characteristics become muted, which increases the intensity of flavor.
Visually examine the dry and unfurled tea leaves. Whole leaf, twisted and rolled tea indicate quality. Also, check the color of the tea leaves.
Inhale the aroma of the tea and distinguish the aromas of the tea. For example, earthiness, grassiness, citrus, floral, etc.
With a stainless steel spoon, scoop up the tea brew and quickly slurp. Slurping coasts your tongue with tea, helping you evaluate all the flavors and mouthfeel of the brew.