You may have seen from my social media that I am collaborating with Adagio Teas so I thought I would give you some background into the company and what they are about.
Adagio Teas was started in 1999 by Sophie Kreymerman in the United States. After years of serving quality teas bought from a local Chinese market to friends and family, Sophie decided she wanted to quit her part time job and start a full time tea business.
She wanted to open a tea shop but also do some online sales. After doing research into opening a tea shop and online sales, with help from sons Michael and Ilya, it was decided that more people could be sold to if they focused on the online business. Soon a suplier was found and the website was built. Next was to name the company, Adagio was chosen, one because it was at the top of the alphabet and search engines at the time prioritised in this way and two, it had to match the mood and process of a cup of tea (Adagio means slowly).
In the beginning, Adagio was operating from the basement of Sophie’s family home, although to start with they only sold about 20 varieties of tea; the first $10,000 order of stock filled the garage to the brim! After 18 months it was decided that Adagio needed to move from the basement to a warehouse and in September 2001 they moved to a 10,000SQ FT warehouse in Clifton NJ. If Adagio had remained just in tea sales it may have stayed at Clifton but it now makes and sells a huge range of cups, pots, makers, warmers and infusers. Adagio moved to a 26,000 sq ft warehouse in Garfield NJ and is shipping from a 24,000 sq ft warehouse in Fresno CA.
Adagio teas now has a European division and is bringing its quality teas to the UK and Europe. The mission of Adagio teas has always been to bring the best quality teas from the world’s farms straight to your cup. What sets Adagio apart is that their hand-picked teas are sourced from origin, they work directly with the farmers who produce them in their native countries which ensures the best quality and value as well as ensuring the farmers are not exploited. Coming straight from the source also means that they are full of far more nutrients. If you would like to know more about the farmers, take a look at the roots campaign on the Adagio website which connects you to the farmers and their tea.
The teas are full leaf, not like the dusty stuff in your run of the mill supermarket teabags, with no added sugar and all-natural flavours and therefore are better for you and have better flavour! Adagio do many types and flavours of tea; they also do decaffeinated teas and they have a lovely herbal range. They are all vegan and gluten free and any flavours used are from essential oils, the traditional teas are pure leaves.
Adagio UK have sent me a lovely box of many different teas and some of their glassware to try so look out for my next post which will go into their products but if you can’t wait for that take a look at their website.