Four seasons

Companion Tea
Yi Ming Chien, Nantou, Taiwan

A great everyday oolong with a light body giving way to an abundance of sweetness and a delightfully creamy texture, complimented by a subtle floral liquor with notes of jasmine and lychee.

This classic Taiwanese varietal also known as SiJiChun was originally discovered growing in the wild. However, many believe it to be a cross between the popular WuYi and QingXing cultivars. This particular version is machine picked, rolled and oxidized 10-15%

Tasting notes: jasmine, lychee, floral


40g packet


(€300.00 per 1kg)

Brewing Instructions

Place 2.5g of tea in a cup that can hold a bit more than 100ml of water.
Bring water to 90°c and pour 100ml into your cup.
Let it steep for 2.5 minutes.

Feel free to play around with your tea. See how the used leaves smell after you brewed your tea and compare it to how the tea tastes. Change the brewing temperature as well and taste how that affects the flavour of the tea.

If you are serious about tea or would like to be, we recommend investing in a little scale that is able to measure 0.1g and a fancy water boiler with temperature control.

Shelf life for your tea: Tea doesn’t really expire, it ages and as it does it hits a peak at a certain point. Some varieties at Companion Tea are intentionally aged. They always try to sell everything while tasting best.

Companion Tea
Born as an espresso and tea bar back in 2013 in Kreuzberg, Companion has since established itself as a purveyor of some of the tastiest, directly sourced specialty teas in Berlin and beyond. Owners Shawn Barber and Chris Onton are true masters of their craft: they select teas much like a sommelier would select wine, choosing the best batches and determining the precise moment at which they come into their full potential. In this, they draw from the experience they’ve gained from working closely with producers – yes, they’ve actually visited each and every garden from which they get their teas. And while pretty much any manufacturer claims to offer “fair trade” or “directly sourced” teas, Chris and Shawn point out that in most cases, this is merely a marketing strategy. They aim to fill these worn out labels with new life through their commitment to mutually beneficial, long-term partnerships that don’t just yield the best possible products, but gets everyone involved in the trade their fair share. They see their suppliers as their friends, teachers, and the big stars of what ends up in your cup – indeed their companions. And now yours, too!