Namasthé Tea is TeaCrafting Off the Beaten Path. At the source with good earth, unique varietals of tea, generations of great farmers, skilled Tea Masters and trusted partners that provide fresh seasonal teas of Organic Certification, Fair Trade standards where possible.
As artisanal TeaCrafters, we blend these premium loose leaf Thérroir teas with our locally foraged botanicals, and our own herbs and flowers grown at the TPatch in Pemberton. Our collaboration with Root Down Organic Farm in the Pemberton Valley serves discerning tea lovers the rare Thérroir™ Tisanes, hand blended in micro lots with hand-harvested ancient teas.
An experienced herbalist who blends each variety in-house, Namasthé Founder Isabelle Ranger is grateful to forage, farm and custom blend for chefs, cafés and tea lovers. Many top chefs from Whistler to Vancouver collaborate with area farmers to create inventive locavore menus and Namasthé Tea is proudly featured in tasty main course sauces, desserts, sweets, and premium cocktails. Bartender of the year 2014 Scot Curry of Alta Bistro has a delicious cocktail menu featuring Namasthé teas.
The journey Off the Beaten Path is always evolving. In 2013, Namasthé planted Camellia Sinensis (tea plants), Wintergreen, Lavender, Epazote, Fennel Seed, Jasmine Blossoms, Goji Berries, Osmanthus, German Chamomile to grow alongside its Thérroir Tisanes: Wild Mint, Spearmint, Cornflower, Tulsi, Lemon Verbena, Bee Balm, Echinacea and Lemon Balm.
Check back regularly for seasonal loose leaf teas in the Tea Shop – these are only available in limited quantities once the crops are harvested!
As foraging TeaCrafters, this is a much anticipated time of the year as everything comes to life again in the forest, farm and in the waysides. We begin to forage very early as sap resumes the upward flow, Salmon Berries blossom and the first shoots of Stinging Nettles come out of their winter dormancy. That means more Birch Bark hand chipping, Morel mushroom hunting, Spruce tips harvesting, Labrador Tea spring flush and many more forest delights. Blending these uncommon botanicals at their peak freshness into unique Off the Beaten Path blends for seekers of the unusual, wild and rare is our cup of tea.
First Flush Teas are sought after for their exquisite taste, quality and freshness. Over the winter months, the tea plants slowly concentrate their luscious flavors into each new bud and leaf growth for expectant tea lovers. Light spring rains are welcome at our newest partner farm Jun Chiyabari Tea Garden in the Himalayan region of Nepal in gardens at 1800m elevation, in the slope sides of Hile in Dhankuta District. We are so excited to add these Single Origin teas to our upcoming spring 2014 collection.