5 Massachusetts tea companies to uplift your herbal experience
Stories Caitlin Moakley
Whether you’re in the mood for energizing, stimulating herbs like mint and guayusa or a classic chamomile, these stand-out Massachusetts tea companies will make a splash in your mug.
North Cambridge–based MEM Tea’s Davis Square shop has a wall lined with more than 100 teas to taste your way through, with endless possibilities for preparing your own blends at home. MEM has flavors to satisfy even the pickiest palates, from subtle and sweet to savory and smoky. If you’re not sure where to begin, sit in on one of MEM’s many classes, attend an event, or drop in for a free tea tasting on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m.
Boston Chai Party
Boston Chai Party co-founders Vishal Thapar and Rushil Desai couldn’t find authentic Indian chai in Boston, so they decided to bring real chai to the city. Skip the coffee, and order chai online from Chai Party, which delivers chai made with responsibly sourced ingredients and offers educational videos as well. Made from fair-trade Assam tea and freshly ground spices, this chai has no artificial flavors or syrups. No coffee shop chai can match this.
Based in Somerville, Tamim Teas is transforming the way we think about mushrooms, making medicinal mushrooms palatable and enjoyable. Committed to quality sourcing, Tamim’s owner, Liat Racin, ensures the mushrooms in your cup are from organic family farms in the US. If chaga is the king of mushrooms, Tamim is the queen of mushroom tea.
Old Friends Farm
Old Friends Farm in Amherst offers immune-boosting, day-brightening turmeric-elderberry-ginger tea to get you through these cold months. Made with ginger and turmeric grown on the company farm, this tea is about as fresh as a dried blend can get. Enjoy it with a touch of Old Friends herbal-infused honey.
Mountain Rose Herbs
Mountain Rose Herbs isn’t based in Massachusetts, but the Oregon company is a go-to for online buying and education. Mountain Rose offers hundreds of single herbs and herb blends, and its website includes overviews, preparation suggestions, and precautions for every herb. You can order in small quantities or qualify for discounts when you buy larger bulk quantities.