In operation since 1995, SerendipiTea is located at Manhasset, NY., with a name derived from the word “Serendipity”. Providing serious tea lovers with high quality loose leaf tea, they ensure that their products are handcrafted rather than milled by machines, with a focus on social responsibility.
The Evolution of SerendipiTea
This New York based artisanal tea company has become known for their wide variety of tisanes and loose leaf teas, with a vast range of traditional and certified organic products, including creative blends and infusions.
Linda Villano and Tomislav Podreka started the business in 1995 from their upper west side apartment in Manhattan and in 1997 their growing company needed more space, so they moved operations to Connecticut.
By the year 2000, they realized that a return to New York was necessary, due to the demands of their delivery loads.
Establishing a storefront and warehouse in Long Island city, their business continued to expand and by 2007 they moved again to their current location in Manhasset, where their production facilities, administrative office, storefront and showroom continues to produce exceptional teas.
The SerendipiTea Philosophy
The word “Serendipity” is defined as accidental sagacity, hailing from the traditional name for the island of Sri Lanka: Serendip.
British author Horace Walpole coined the term in 1754, based on a fairy tale about the 3 Princes of Serendip, who made discoveries by accident and “sagacity of things they were not in quest of.”
Dedicating to importing and handcrafting premium quality teas, tisanes and infusions, SerendipiTea work closely with tea estates, gardens and specialists from all over the globe.
They strive to offer organic and environmentally responsible products with earth-friendly packaging and recyclable materials.
Guiding Principles and Social Responsibility
Not only does this company provide quality blends of herbal and regular teas, such as black, white, green, oolong and pu-erh, they also enjoy passing on the wisdom they gain during their travels and offering lectures and tastings.
SerendipiTea is also proud to:
- Employ people – not machines, with their handcrafted products
- Educate the public and the tea trade with social awareness and tea development
- Focus on environmentally responsible processes and products
- Offer teas that are direct trade from single estates
- Share traditional blends and unique recipes
- Provide bulk and private labeling
This tea company has also partnered with Wateraid, which is an international non-profit organization that is ranked number one in the world for providing the poorest communities with access to clean and safe water and hygiene.
Other partnerships include:
- City Harvest – a food rescue organization feeding the hungry with overflow from the food industry
- The National Peace Corps Association – offering global education and advocacy
- Just Food – a non-profit organization connecting communities with local farms and resources
- The Animal Alliance of New Jersey – which finds homes for unwanted animals
- Kiva.org – who connect under-privileged people with financial options
There’s so much to choose from at SerendipiTea, from humble and traditional offerings to inspired blends that make you feel like you have entered a fairy tale world of magical infusions. You’ll love navigating their charming website, which is unassuming, yet full of great information.
This Fair trade certified blend includes Indian black and rooibos tea, chocolate, toasted coconut and vanilla, creating a full bodied and smooth tea that is indulgent and satisfying.
With a warm and sweet aroma, it will satisfy those late night cravings for rich desserts, leaving a pleasant floral aftertaste.
A Kosher tisane that blends blood orange with hibiscus, apple, papaya and rosehips, resulting in a fruity and refreshing cup of tea that is also tart and full-bodied. Mix it with black tea if you want to smooth it out or drink it straight to experience a heady, citrus mix that is delicious hot or iced.
This organic and kosher certified, decaffeinated green tea originates from the Korakundah Estate in India. This tea is earthy and possesses the benefits of green tea with minimal caffeine.
The secret to this tea, according to one reviewer, is to steep it for no more than 3 minutes using water that is just under the boiling point (180 degrees.)
A great feature on SerendipiTea’s quaint website is a tea selector, which allows the consumer to find their own tea, based on tea types, origins and ingredients. This company also offers accessories, tea pots, gift sets, books and they have a great blog with tips, recipes and tea culture.
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