I started Janam Tea back in 2004 after spending 6 months in India learning about tea. Here's a picture of me at my first tea garden smelling freshly plucked tea leaves in Assam in 2002.
From there, I opened the Western Hemisphere's first tea shop dedicated to single-origin Indian teas in 2005. Here's a photo of my shop.
When the economy crashed in 2008, I had to close and did a bit of soul-searching in Portland, Oregon for a few years. If you're going to do it, Portland's a pretty good spot for it. Probably spent a bit of time playing pool. It wasn't an easy time.
Point is, I had to figure out what I was going to do next, so I moved back to NYC and have found the most delightful Speakeasy called Garfunkel's to partner with so people can start enjoying the teas that I procured from India for them. In fact, I spent 5 weeks in the Spring of 2015 to procure some new teas for the Velvet Afternoon Tea experience, which is slated to open in October, 2016 with a new crop of fresh teas sent over directly from the gardens.
Photo of Rohini Tea Estate in Darjeeling that I took during my trip back in 2015. I LOVE India and I LOVE being in the gardens.
Here's a photo of where you can enjoy these handmade teas with me! Garfunkel's Speakeasy, 67 Clinton Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10002.
Please join me in starting this new chapter of Janam! Click here to make a reservation. Hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 12p-5p. Last seating at 3:45p. See you soon!