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The origins of Cha baby! can be traced back to a small group of expatriates living in Beijing, China who were in search of culture, when, by good fortune, they stumbled upon the pleasures of indigenous tea. Weekends spent with other tea lovers enjoying fine cha, ceramics, and famous tea houses, matured into years of exploration across Asia investigating and learning from the original ancient sites of tea history and invention. Friendships, colleagues, and connections with the highest skilled artisans and tea masters that developed along the way are now the foundation on which Cha baby! can share our treasures with you - our new friends.

Tea Bushes Growing Underneath Karst Rock Formations In Wuyishan Mountains A UNESCO World Natural And Cultural Heritage Site
Wuyishan Mountains - a UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage site

Cha baby! procures and personally selects only the finest tea, porcelains, ceramics, and teaware to represent what we believe are the most delicious, aromatic, beautiful, and useful expressions of tea culture. We source tea from single-origin, family-owned farms, as well as historic and world-famous gardens - all distinct expressions of the finest cultivars and styles. Porcelains, ceramics, and teaware are also procured from personal relationships with world-class historic kilns in addition to individual, highly skilled, artisans and ceramicists.

The Cha baby! team of culinary artisans, fine artists, and tea masters work in close relationship with fine tea crafters of national note, distinguished tea experts, historians, and Asian Universities specializing in tea cultivation to continue our acquisition of the latest knowledge.

Chayi, the ancient art of tea and its culture originated and has been practiced for centuries in China and broader Asia. From the Tang dynasty, through the Song, and into the Ming, tea consumption rose from a curiously distinct beverage to one of the most elegant, refined, and enchanting practices in the world.

Waterfall In Tong Mu Village Original Home Of Lapsang Black Tea A UNESCO World Natural And Cultural Heritage Site

 Tong Mu Village Waterfall - a UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage site

Feng Ke Bin (Ming dynasty), who wrote “Cha Yi” on the tenets of properly enjoying tea, taught that we must slow down and be mindful of the beauty in our surroundings (nature), our conversations (poetry), and our tea and its accoutrements. One must be “present in the moment” to savor the fragrance and flavor of cha, sip by sip. One may then access peace, focus, and contentment - a completely natural experience.

We invite you to explore and try our selections of rare and exquisite teas, porcelains, ceramics, and ware hoping it brings as much pleasure and contentment to the tea lover in you as it does to the tea lover in us.