Heirs to ancestral rituals, our Tea-Tribers are experts in teas and infusions, located in the four corners of the world.
They draw inspiration from local practices to create recipes that are as good for you as they are good for your mouth,
made from whole leaves, stems and roots, sun-dried fruits and flowers, and medicinal plants.
Both correspondents and transmitters, they pass on the rituals that have lasted through the ages, and the recipes of local communities, healers and botanists, whose pharmacopoeia is based on their immediate environment.
These men and women enjoy a high degree of autonomy in their botanical research and recipe design,
and use only pure, natural, beneficial ingredients (in line with our specifications).
Contrary to usual practice (a major brand sourcing from local wholesalers at the best price), TEA TRIBES has therefore brought together passionate people, farmers and gatherers, who form a kind of great cooperative without borders.
We work closely with them to ensure :
- good working conditions and fair remuneration for producers,
- control of the naturalness and purity of ingredients (based on certifications, wherever possible),
- and the identification of non-profit foundations and associations, to which we provide financial support, to help people preserve their traditions.
In addition to their on-the-spot commitments, our Tea-Tribers speak out on this site via articles, reports and podcasts, to give people the chance to see and hear their knowledge.
Julia Ryabchenkova, Tea-Triber for Slavic and Siberian peoples
Julia remembers with malice the days spent with her grandmother, digging, pruning, watering and picking the plants grown in the small garden of their dacha. A few decades later (after the professional detours of adult life), she went back to school to study herbalism with an illustrious specialist: Soviet professor Corsun.
Julia went on to complete her thesis, launch her own brand of infusions (Teatox), provide occasional advice to various companies, and finally, in 2020, became a local expert for TEA TRIBES, a specialist in the Slavic and Siberian peoples, promoting all the ancestral local practices that fascinate her.
Jorge Estuardo Lopez, Tea-Triber for the Maya people
Jorge is Guatemalan. He, too, owes his discovery of local herbs, the awakening to their different flavors and the taste for sharing to his grandmother. This upbringing undoubtedly nurtured his interest in gastronomy. In the early 2010s, Jorge became a top chef. He pays tribute to the country's flagship ingredients: cocoa, coffee, corn, chillies and countless other tropical plants and fruits.
Jorge is also interested in their health benefits, their therapeutic use by the Mayans and their transmission from generation to generation.
It was against this backdrop that Jorge and Jean-Luc met in the spring of 2020, and together they began thinking about a range of Mayan-inspired teas and infusions.