Ye Tealeaves aims to introduce people to a calmer lifestyle to live in the present moment through the natural power of tea.
I arrived in China in 2013 for the first time as an exchange student at university to study Mandarin Chinese. I ended up spending two years in Shanghai and Hangzhou, the latter being one of the most historied green tea producing areas of the country.
During my time in Hangzhou, I became interested in traditional Chinese tea culture through a friend with a small teahouse and tea farm. It was a difficult time for me when I was battling with the anxiety of having to move home to Hungary from an amazing time in China and figuring out long-term life choices.
Tea was a safe haven for my stressed mind at the time which had an immediate effect on my mental state. Each tea session, be it with friends or alone, felt like a step closer to calmness and a slower, more forward-thinking mindset. Arriving back to Hungary in the summer of 2016, fueled by the influence I had from tea in Hangzhou I started working on, and eventually launching the Ye Tealeaves brand in 2017.
I believe real, traditional tea culture has a lot to offer on both the sensory and the mental health side as well. To me, tea is an exploration of the world outside and the world within -- a tool that helps me experience new smells and flavors, but also new sensations to both the body and mind.
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Wishing you a calm tea session,
Oliver - founder of Ye Tealeaves