Native to China and East Asia, tea was originally a medicinal drink.  Through the generations, traders and travelers spread the drink to the Middle East and beyond. In 1610, the first shipments of Japanese and Chinese tea arrived in Europe via ships charted by the Dutch East India Company. Today, tea is the world’s most popular beverage after water. We proudly carry on the tradition by packing our artisan tea bags with unique, one-of-a-kind whole leaf tea blends, herbs, and spices from around the world.