The Teance Story
Teance began more than 15 years ago as a passion project amongst friends in Berkeley, California, with the goal of providing a context for our customers to experience the finest teas in the world. We wanted to create a space to bridge the gap between the ancient and long-refined tea culture of the East and the tastes of the West, through traditional tea service, education, and storytelling.
Over the course of the last decade, Teance has become the East Bay's premier destination for the highest quality, direct trade, single origin, and rare teas. Our humble tea house expanded to a retail store and tea tasting bar, artfully designed to complement our unique selection and skillful tea service.
As pioneers we believe the fullest expression of each unique tea lies at the nexus of tradition, seasonality, and craft. It is our mission to share these amazing teas with our customers, and continue to provide the cultural and historical context behind them through in-depth artisan producer profiles, detailed product information, and continuing education.
We welcome you to visit our tea house on Fourth Street in Berkeley, California if you are in the neighborhood where one of our team will be happy to prepare a tea tasting for you.
We celebrate this time-honored craftsmanship of the artisanal tea farmers of China, Taiwan, India, and Japan. Every harvest for the past 15 years we have traveled to the finest tea growing regions of Asia to visit family-owned farms to select our handcrafted teas. Each tea in our collection is carefully curated for its complexity, exceptional taste, and spirit. We do this because we are committed to helping sustain these traditional communities and to sharing the treasures of the tea arts with you. And we truly believe that tea can change your life.
Our co-founder, Winnie Yu, calls tea her "daily companion". Enjoyed throughout the day, tea can awaken, calm, bring mindfulness and focus. It contributes to overall health, circulation, and attentiveness.
The ease of steeping tea can be slow and mindful or quick and intentioned. It is sharing a teapot for hours with friends or placing a few leaves in a thermos of hot water and heading out for a hike. This tea, this way, is whenever it becomes a part of your day.
We are here to bring tea to you, to share this tradition that we humbly carry. Please browse our new collections or answer the questionnaire to discover a tea you will love.