Given our constant hunt for tea companies with unique stories and even more unique tea blends, you can imagine our delight when we learned of one close to home - right here in Vancouver, BC. The Capilano Tea House and Botanical Soda Company is Indigenous-owned and plant-inspired. Owners Michelle and Paisley Nahanee became quick friends of ours as we talked excitedly about the flavours we can create with the world's tea and our local food. Michelle and Paisley have built their company and their tea blends by artfully balancing traditional and indigenous influence with local ingredients and global teas.
The blends they have created are like no other teas we've tasted. That should come as no surprise after you learn of the collaboration that developed the blends: two Urban Native artists, their hereditary Chief and an eastern tea master!
This is how they described the dual influences:
Our business is a reflection of the cultural influences of the two places we have lived: in Vancouver and within our Squamish Nation community. From our Nation, we learned the importance of staying connected to the land and our community; the spirit is within us and we take care of it as much as it takes care of us. Our urban influences inspired us to become part of a network of creative entrepreneurs transforming small-batch artisan production into local economic growth.
Amongst their many fine teas are the 4 we curated for September's tea box: Senakw Village, Roots and Chai, Elderberry Green and Greeting the Sun. Click here to find out the inspiration behind each blend. These four teas will be available for purchase in our online shop on September 23rd. We'll be releasing this month as a Tasting Set as well. Stay tuned!
If you live in Vancouver or find yourself in our beautiful city, look The Capilano up because they have other amazing plant-inspired beverages on tap (like botanical sodas!) for you to try. You can read more about them on their website.
Image: Alison Page
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