Imagine a world where cultural barriers are broken down and we all live harmoniously together in celebration of the differences that make us human.
We see tea as a means of bringing people from different cultures and all walks of life together, to share our experiences and stories with one another without fear of judgement. Just a bunch of kind-hearted, friendly humans, gathering together to share a few laughs over tea.
The origins of Tea Angle began not long after co-founder Dawn moved to Australia in 2009. Finding it difficult to buy the type of quality, pure teas that she was used to drinking on a daily basis back home in China, she, along with husband and co-founder Matt decided that, if they couldn’t find what they were looking for, why not try and bring it in themselves?
This simple idea remained but a thought for years. During this time, both Dawn and Matt’s appreciation for fine Chinese teas grew, but the quality of the tea that they could find in Australia didn’t. After years of research (which mainly involved drinking bucket loads of tea) and, having gone on their first tea plantation trip to Chaozhou, China in 2014, in December later that year, our two heroes bit the bullet and launched online tea store teaangle.com
Originally specialising in Phoenix Dancong, a unique type of Oolong tea from the Chaozhou region in southern China, we have since branched out to include not only other types of Oolong teas from across China but also a series of Red (Black) teas, White and Pu’erh teas. In 2019, we opened up our first physical tea shop in the Sydney Inner West suburb of Enmore, to better serve the tea freaks and geeks of Australia.
Our mission has evolved from a simple wish to directly source a range of unique and high quality Chinese teas, to a desire to modernise Chinese tea culture and share it with the rest of the world. We want to ensure that tea remains relevant to current and future generations so that these traditions continue to survive and thrive for decades to come.
How our teas are sourced
Dawn and Matt are never ones to do things the easy way. They were adamant that if they were to bring in their own range of Chinese teas that they would need to do this properly. This means learning and understanding everything that they can about any particular type of tea, developing an in-depth taste for them, and then finding trusted farmers and producers to partner with to source their range of teas from.
The tea market in China is absolutely huge. MASSIVE. It’s also somewhat unregulated and, with so much information and misinformation flying around, it’s hard to tell what’s true and what’s not. So Dawn and Matt figured, the only way they could find out the truth about any type of tea is to experience it for themselves at the source. Before selecting any type of tea to range, Dawn and Matt like to travel to the regions of origin first in order to better understand the teas at their points of origin. They develop relationships with producers and farmers to better understand the history and production methods of their teas, and to also get an understanding of what producers generally look for when they are judging teas. They don’t just rely on one producer from a region though and try and talk to multiple producers to see if what they say actually correlates or contradicts what the others say. But all this research would be for nothing if they can’t match it to taste and flavour.
Part of our goal with Tea Angle is to discover complex, and wonderful teas that are true reflections of their origins and share them with tea lovers all over the world. How we decide to range our teas is mostly based on our own tastes and preferences and, without a strong baseline, we wouldn’t feel confident in the products we sell.
We work hard to develop our senses and taste for tea, sampling the good, the bad and the ugly in order to develop a more complete understanding of any particular type of tea, as well as the intent of the producer. This is so we can be confident that the teas we choose to offer tea lovers are unique and of a high standard.
Team Tea Angle
The heart and soul of Tea Angle. A former banker, she threw away the routine of corporate life to pursue her passion for Chinese culture and tea. She’s the one responsible for developing relationships with all our tea suppliers and working tirelessly to discover all of the magnificent teas (and teaware) that we stock, and bring them over to our shores.
Matt Tran – Co-Founder and Owner
The one that ties things together and makes Tea Angle look good. With a background in graphic design, he’s responsible for spreading the good word to all the dedicated tea lovers out there in Australia (and all over the world).