Himalayan tips

Companion Tea
Jun Chiyabari, Dhankuta, Nepal

Flavours of rose petal combine with bread-like malt notes and a plum sweetness to create a smooth and refined brew.

The Jun Chiyabari garden lies between Kathmandu and Darjeeling in the Eastern Himalayan region of Dhankuta, Nepal. The family run operation is an industry leader in organic farming and ethics. Their progressive techniques and commitment to quality have enabled them to create some of the most unique and prized tea out of Nepal. The micro lots that we select are comprised of mixed varietals and grown at an altitude of approximately 1700m above sea level. 

Tasting notes: Rose Petal, Bread, Plum sweetness

40g packet


(€487.50 per 1kg)

Brewing Instructions

Place 1.8g of tea in a cup that can hold a bit more than 100ml of water.
Bring water to 95°c and pour 100ml into your cup.
Let it steep for 3 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.

A lower brew temperature will showcase the tea’s fruit character while higher temperatures yield more of the floral aromas.

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!