We are a woman-owned chai tea company based out of Blue Hill and South Portland, Maine. Our product is made with fair trade and organic ingredients and our packaging is ecologically sustainable. We value freshness and quality of our ingredients; our relationships with our customers, suppliers, and retailers; minimizing waste in all our processes; and getting to work together in shaping a growing business to ensure it is always steeped in our values.
From our travels, we’ve always loved the conversations and connections that arise when people come together around a warm mug or glass of morning tea or coffee. And so while running a farm in 2008 we would set up for farmer’s markets and at the end of our display of vegetables we would offer chai. We so appreciated the interactions with folks pausing to sip chai and recount tales of moments and memories conjured. From there we, along with our wonderful partners, began serving chai at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, Maine in 2009. Customers would ask how to make chai the way we did in their own homes the rest of the year. After a lot of cups of tea and a lot of conversation, we began offering our unique blend of spices and black tea in packaged form to create a way for folks to make our chai at home and enjoy not only the flavor but the cooking itself.
In offering a packaged form of our chai, we’ve appreciated the theme in customer feedback that slow cooking chai offers an opportunity to pause and be present. From sitting around the kitchen table cooking tea with a friend to bringing a camp stove out into Maine’s wilderness, we love the experience of pausing as we tend the cooking pot and then sit to sip the chai’s warmth amongst friends or the trees and moss of the Maine woods or a wind-swept rocky shore.
And as we love the way a warm cup of chai brings people together, so too we love how this business has brought us in touch with all of you.
Many thanks to you all,
Leigh and Ruthie