Who we are
We want you to enjoy and learn more about Taiwanese Teas!
We’re most passionate about the semi-oxidized tea known as Oolong and we want to help you recognize the value of this beverage. Oolong’s lineage dates a thousand years. It is one full of delicate flavors and nuance. We believe that nature lives in the details, and our mission is to spread the nourishment of mind and body these teas offer.
Every year we travel to the sundrenched valleys and fog covered hillsides in Taiwan to gather delectable teas. Then, once home in New York, we study the crafted teas and scour the farmer’s market to find new ways to heighten any tea experience. Our tea shop in the West Village pairs small bites to enhance your tea tastings. Our online shop provides a wide variety of oolongs and brewing accoutrements for your at-home experience.
We believe tea, especially those from Taiwan, should be celebrated like fine wines, whiskeys, great coffee, and crafted cocktails. This is our mission and we’re so excited to have you be apart of it!
About Elena & Frederico
Elena was born in Taiwan and grew up in the sprawling streets of Taipei before moving to the US in her early teens. Like many Taiwanese people, drinking Oolong tea was part of her daily ritual. As she grew, so did her love for tea, however she never considered it as a profession until much later. Little did she know she’d one day meet her husband Frederico at a little bar in the West Village across from where the current Tea room sits now. Their meeting was one of minds and tastes. By then, Elena was already well-versed in New York’s food culture and through the following countless meals and cups she discovered in herself an eagerness to expand her passion.
Oolongs are historied, layered, and as delicious as wines and coffees, she thought! From the lips of her pastime she drew into deeper study of this singular beverage and Teas as a whole. Thus, in 2012, she founded Té Company in an effort to bring awareness, appreciation and an authentic source of premium Taiwanese teas to the New York community.
Frederico was born and raised in Portugal (a country whose own culture has crossed paths with Taiwan) and moved to New York to pursue his vocation as a chef in fine dining. He has worked under internationally renowned chefs like Marin Bersutegui, Feran Adria and, in New York, as a Sous Chef at Per Se. He holds a passion for innovation and tradition and, as such, he is often learning new skills to enhance longstanding dishes and create those outside of the traditional culinary landscape.