Our Story

We love tea!

We're Tezumi, and we love tea!

Hi there,

We're David, Michael, and Ryan—three tea enthusiasts who want to share our love of tea and teaware with the world. 

The Japanese word tezumi (手摘み), meaning 'hand-picked', is used to describe the select few tea leaves that have been carefully picked by hand in the traditional manner—resulting in higher grade tea when compared with machine picked leaves. We chose this name because we put the same care and patience in selecting our teaware. 

While Michael and Ryan are traveling Asia in search of the best tea and teaware, David is practising the Ueda Sōko (上田宗箇) school of Japanese tea ceremony and studying to become a certified Nihoncha Instructor, an expert in the intricacies of Japanese teas.

Our Mission

We believe that tea tastes best when made with care and attention using utensils designed with one purpose in mind: to make delicious tea. Using well-crafted teaware turns the menial task of making tea into an enjoyable and relaxing experience. That is why we aim to share high-quality Japanese teaware with the world, and in doing so, spread the joy of making a delicious cup of tea. 

Our Values

Quality: While mass-produced teaware will undoubtedly make a serviceable cup of tea, the craftsmanship and skill imbued in high-quality teaware makes every step of the tea brewing process, from steeping to drinking, more enjoyable. From the choice of clay, to the subtle curve of a spout, each decision that goes into making a piece of quality teaware results in a more enjoyable experience and a better-tasting cup of tea.

Variety: The world of Japanese tea is vast, with seemingly infinite variations. To match this variety, we aim to offer Japanese teaware for every tea, occasion, and taste—from the most traditional to the most modern and innovative.

Transparency: We do our best to give you all the information available regarding each piece of teaware: from its style and age to the individual potter and kiln that it came from. We believe that knowing the story behind each piece of teaware enhances the experience of making, serving, and drinking tea.