Boulder has become a Tea Mecca

by Jim Harrington

January is National Hot Tea Month and Boulder Colorado has the right tea for you not just in January of course but all year long. Enjoy tea anywhere but especially enjoy these brews we love. Come to Boulder , stay at the Boulder Inn and enjoy the warmth of good tea made locally and served globally.

Boulder is home to Celestial Seasonings which has served herbal tea sipping pleasure since 1969. A couple of long haired entrepreneurs started the company by harvesting fresh herbs from Boulder’s own  Mountain Parks by hand, and then dried, blended and packaged them in hand-sewn muslin bags to be sold at local health food stores. Over time the founders of Celestial Seasonings turned their small cottage industry into one of the largest specialty tea manufacturers in North America.  Today Celestial Seasoning serves more than 1.6 billion cups of tea every year, and they source more than 100 different ingredients from over 35 countries.  Come to Boulder and enjoy a free tour which includes a mint room experience not to be missed!

Third Street Chai was born in 1995 by people who loved chai and made it in small batches to sell at local Boulder coffee shops.  It is hard to imagine life without chai but before 1995 chai across the nation was not as well-known as it is today. Third Street Chai helped to change that by becoming one of the most loved chai’s in the nation. As their brewing pots have grown into microbrew tanks their love of homemade chai has remained and many employees still bike to work all here in Boulder.

Bhakti Chai was born in Boulder County when in 2002 founder Book Eddy was unable to find the spicy fresh chai that she had enjoyed during her travels to India to volunteer for women empowerment projects so she began brewing her own chai at home. When her homemade brew gained attention (and even addiction) from friends and neighbors, she decided to take the principles of Bhakti (devotion and social action) that she had learned in India and build a company. This single mother of twins took a deep breath, took a risk, quit her full time job, and dove into the process of bringing consumers a micro brewed chai that was steeped in social and environmental change. Bhakti Chai infuses fresh-pressed organic ginger and fiery spices into Fair Trade Certified black tea for a chai that energizes the spirit while lifting the soul into action.

There is no better place to enjoy your tea in Boulder than at the Boulder Dushanbe teahouse. Completely built by hand without the use of any power tools, the Teahouse was constructed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a gift to their sister city, Boulder. It was disassembled, crated up, and sent halfway around the world and rebuilt in Boulder as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration.  The Teahouse is an ideal place to sip tea with the company of a friend. Indulge in the moment.