Tribute Tea Company was founded on the principle of delivering better teas directly to YOU. To us, “better” simply means fresher, purer, and
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...
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....