Tea Dealers was first established in 2005 with an aim to introduce premium teas to America by offering only rare, single origin teas from Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, and India and pairing them with contemporary artisanal ceramics from around the world.
Stefen Ramirez first started in the tea business at the NYC flagship of one of Japan’s largest tea companies as a tea specialist and buyer in 2003. Two years later, Tea Dealers began, exclusively, as a private client business that curated luxury tea collections for high profile individuals. He is also a practitioner of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony since 2007 and in 2010, was awarded a cultural scholarship to study tea at the four-hundred-year-old Urasenke tea school in Kyoto, Japan.
In April 2015, Tea Dealers made its selections available to the public via online and also at its first retail store. It is located inside of the Japanese restaurant, 1or8 (www.oneoreightbk.com) in the south side of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. and offers weekly tea tastings on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons that are free, informal, and informative. There is no reservation needed and you are welcome to walk in anytime. Our seasonal tea selection is available to enjoy at the 1or8 bar or in the dinning room and sushi counter with an exquisite Omakase served by Kazuo Yoshida.
We combine our professional tea knowledge, with New Yorkers’ lifestyles and serve it in a wabi sabi ceramic cup made by a fourteenth generation potter. This is the meaning of “The Way of Tea" and combines the traditional with the new.
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