Thanks for visiting North Winds Tea!
My name is Kim, and this is my little venture.
I've been a tea drinker my whole life, and over the last few years my journey into the world of tea has become one of my passions. I'll never forget the first time I took a sip of a high quality loose tea, without anything added, and just thought, 'whoa'. Over time I've become a student of the vast world of tea, and it has taken up an important place in my life, bringing me moments of peace in otherwise busy days. I want to share this with other people- and that's where North Winds Tea comes in.
At its core, NWT is all about tea (well, obviously)- only the purest, highest quality leaves. Many of us in the West really only know tea as either very strong 'breakfast' teas, or as the myriad flavoured, blended teas that have become popular over the last few years. But the humble tea leaf offers an incredible range of tastes all on its own, from delicate, lightly floral green teas, to robust, chocolaty black teas. A really good tea transports you to the place it was grown- taste the air, the water, the soil. I want to help you explore this incredible world!
Secondly, the quality of a tea is determined in large part by who grows it. I want to help tea drinkers get to know the farmers and producers who combine generations of wisdom and modern techniques to craft amazing teas. As much as possible, I am purchasing what is known as 'direct-trade' tea- either buying directly from farmers or from wholesalers who do. Cutting out middle-men means transparency for you (getting to see exactly where your tea comes from) and better prices for the producers. What's not to love?
Lastly, is teaware. The teas I carry are delicious no matter what, but the right teaware helps bring out the best qualities. Some of the ceramic teaware I carry may look unfamiliar- the 'gaiwan' is a traditional eastern brewing vessel, but have no fear! It is one of the easiest ways I have ever found to brew tea. Soon I will be posting videos on how to use these little gems.
I hope you'll join me to explore the art and craft of pure tea!
If you'd like to get in touch, feel free to drop a line: hello [at] northwindstea.com