About Us

Welcome to Leaf House Tea!

This site is dedicated to taking the mystery out of tea and to expanding your tea-drinking horizons.

Here in the Leaf House we are passionate tea drinkers who know how challenging it can be to find the right teas for daily indulgence and special occasions. Our philosophy is to keep things simple. This means that we:

  • value teas that are easy to prepare;
  • prefer teawares that are simple to use;
  • and demand price points that don’t break the bank.

We also reject the stuffy pretensions that often come with tea culture. Tea is the people’s drink and we’re going to keep it that way!

What We Do

Our service to you is pretty straight-forward. We like tea, we want to drink tea every day, and we want you to do the same.

The problem is that there are so many choices that the ordinary tea drinker can quickly become confused and not know what to buy or where to buy.

We don’t want tea confusion. We want tea consumption!

To help you to choose the right tea at the right price, we do three things:

  1. Drink a lot of tea and keep careful notes of our impressions;
  2. Comb the web for other people’s tea impressions; and
  3. Combine 1 and 2 to distill super-duper-meta-reviews of teas.

Number 3 is challenging because tea drinkers are a chatty lot and they can also hold strong opinions.

It takes time to sort ego-talk from the truth.

But reviewing tea is our job and we’re determined to share with you, dear tea drinker, what we have learned.

Who We Are

There is another angle that we think is unique here at Leaf House Tea: We are tea growers and tea makers.

This means that we know how to work the soil, germinate Camellia tea seed, make our own compost, and nurture tea plants.

Our tea garden is 100% organic, and though it’s a lot of work, organic methods are more rewarding and produce a better leaf than conventional methods.

We take our own tea leaf and then apply time-honored methods of crafting finished, drinkable teas. Tea manufacture ain’t easy, but we love it.

And though we do not yet have our own teas available for sale, please stay tuned because we might have something special to share one day.

The Difference

Our working knowledge of the tea industry is valuable to you as a tea drinker because we can see through some of the smoke that gets blown regarding methods of cultivation and production.

There’s also lots of biology-nerd stuff involved with tea framing and tea making. So it might help a tiny bit that Leaf House Tea founder and life-long bio-nerd, Mike Loeb, has a Ph.D in the biological sciences.

We think that you will see the benefits of our first-hand experience.

If you have any constructive input, please contact us. We would love to hear from you.

Happy steeping!

PS – Are you wondering what a leaf house is? A leaf house is a sheltered space where freshly harvested tea leaf is held for several hours to wither and soften.  Of course the leaf house for our website is a virtual one but try to imagine the beautiful scene that unfolds as the leaf prepares itself for a journey to delight your taste sensations.

Pruning a hedge of Camellia tea
Leaf House Tea founder Mike Loeb in his garden, pruning a hedge of Camellia tea.