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About Us

Tribute Tea Company was founded on the principle of delivering better teas directly to YOU.  To us, “better” simply means fresher, purer, and 
higher-quality.
 
We hope that our selection of exquisite, whole-leaf teas will change your perception of what real tea is all about.  We don't believe that tea is simply a
leaf.  It is an integral part of a healthful and enriching lifestyle.  To that goal, we encourage all to explore the fascinating world of tea.  Reach further
and dig deeper—because we, too, are constantly learning and finding new teas. 
 
Our goal is to help YOU to experience tea in its finest form: whole, unblended, and fresh.
 
 
History Behind the Name:
 
In ancient China, the legendary "Tribute Teas" were the rare treasured leaves reserved exclusively for the imperial court.  Villages generously
presented their finest teas as tribute to thirsty emperors.  This practice was a sign of respect -- often providing protection and establishing goodwill.
 
The practice began almost 3000 years ago and still exists today (perhaps unofficially).  Many of these legendary teas still exist today as well.  Sharing
them with you is our way of paying tribute to the skilled artisans and dedicated farmers that made it possible...
  
Brett Holmes Tribute Tea Company Founder
 
About the Owner:

Brett Holmes is a traveling tea aficionado with many trips to Asia in search of the incredible leaf.  His passion for tea began while slurping amazing teas
in a colonial-style tea house in Hong Kong.  
 
Tea's simplicity, yet complex relationship with art, health, culture, and history captivated him, and he began studying it.  It was always mysterious to
Brett why such fresh, unique teas were rarely available back at home. Thus, he decided that it was time to change the idea of tea in America and bring
home the incredible teas that have been enjoyed in Asia for centuries.
 
Like the movement toward freshness and origin in food and coffee, tea was ready for change.  Encouragement from enlightened friends and family
was all he needed to make this dream a reality.
 
Today, Brett can usually be found practicing his Chinese, nerding out on tea, and sharing a pot from his prized collection of oolongs and puerhs.  He
maintains that discovering tea is just as much about the cup as it is about the people with whom you share....  
Tea Infusion Quantities

So how many cups is 50g of tea? Or 1lb of tea leaves?

The appropriate amount to use depends on the size of the teapot, teacup, or gaiwan, and how much water is being applied.  Typically, an average serving of tea in a small-medium vessel is about 4-6 grams.  Experienced tea drinkers will often use 6-8 grams per serving - with shorter and more frequent infusions.

Therefore, a 50 gram pouch of tea should be good for 8-12 servings of tea.  Depending on the type of tea, however, the leaves can withstand several "steepings", so that 50 gram pouch should allow for 24-50 cups of tea!  And, since a pound (lb) is about 450 grams, a properly steeped pound of tea should produce several hundred cups of tea!

 

Quantity of Tea

50 grams

100 grams

1 pound

Servings

8-12 servings

16-24 servings

70-85 servings

Cups of Tea*

24-50 cups

50-100 cups

200-400 cups

*often depending on the technique of the tea master, time per infusion, and thirst of the drinkers