Hi, I’m Heather Agosta – co-founder of the Jasmine Pearl Tea Company. So much has changed in our business since 2020 that I thought it was definitely time to share some summer 2021 updates.
We continue to be direct importers and blenders of specialty loose leaf teas. Our company currently is run by myself, my husband and co-founder Chuck Bauman, and our four-person team. We source teas, herbs, and spices (most of them organic) and hand blend them on-site into our signature tea blends. We sell teas to retail customers online and to a wide array of wholesale customers. You can find our teas served in cafés around the country as well as grocery stores, gift shops, and wellness centers. Additionally, our teas can be found in fancy ice cream, exotic kombucha bottles, delectable confections, baked goods, and bubble tea.
Each of our teas is packed with care and we believe that our reverence to the art of tea and the cultures each tea represents infuses them with a little something extra. We hope that operating with integrity and care will allow us to continue to keep doing what we love for the foreseeable future.
In 2020, the global pandemic brought many difficult changes to the company and the world at large. Jasmine Pearl said goodbye to many of our cherished business partners - small businesses and friends that we had worked closely with and grown alongside for many years. We lost much of our beloved team, reducing our staff from 23 amazing people to a team of just six. The biggest adjustment for retail customers was the closing of Jasmine Pearl’s teashop after a decade of operation.
Thankfully, the dust has settled at Jasmine Pearl and our business has stabilized. The company looks quite a bit different, though. We now have a small (but mighty) team and we have chosen to operate 100% online. Instead of being bosses, Heather and Chuck blend tea and talk to customers – like the old days.
We have endured for nearly 20 years for a few reasons: We make amazing tea with a lot of love. We love our staff and our vendors. Most importantly, we love our customers.