Since 2004, The Jasmine Pearl Tea Company, founded by Chuck Bauman and Heather Agosta, has been importing and handcrafting specialty loose-leaf tea blends in Portland. Their specialty is providing the highest quality teas and herbal tisanes to gourmet retailers, restaurants, spas and individuals. Most of their teas are harvested and blended in small quantities, which allows them to share the freshest rare and seasonal teas.
Chuck's tea exploration began with sampling many teas when fate led him to his first cup of jasmine pearls. He was in love! Witnessing the discovery was quite amazing. So dazzled was he by the intoxicating combination, that he would take pearls with him everywhere, sharing a cup with anybody who would have one. This sharing of tea with friends and strangers became a new dynamic in our social lives.
Beginning in October of 2002, Chuck and Heather had the opportunity to spend several months traveling Europe and Morocco. And of course, they sought out tea houses. La Teteria El Banuelo, which is literally in the shadow of the Alhambra, in Granada, Spain, became the birthplace of their idea. Some years and a thousand cups of tea later, this passion has grown into The Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants.