It's Anna here! I am 1st generation Asian-American and the founder of Anna Ye Tea.
We are a specialty Vietnamese tea company based in Queens, New York– proudly importing and sourcing exclusively high quality loose leaf teas from Việt Nam. Everything we do is centered around one of our core goals: to illuminate the country's amazing teas and vibrant tea heritage, and have it one day be recognized on the world stage.
The lack of accessibility and representation of single origin Vietnamese teas globally and domestically lit a fuel in me. There are some seriously delicious teas coming out of Việt Nam and not enough people know about it! Vietnamese teas have always been under the shadow of larger tea producing regions. I'm ready to change that narrative.
How it all started
Before striking out on my own, I was part of the team at the beloved In Pursuit of Tea for almost 4 years, leading public educational workshops for home drinkers and for hospitality industry professionals in a wholesale capacity. Prior to tea, I was most notably at the popular dessert bar, Chikalicious and two Michelin-starred restaurant, Daniel.
Fast forward to April 2020, the height of the pandemic. I launched an initiative called Virtual Tea Classes for A Good Cause which was a series of virtual tea classes that helped raised over $700 for undocumented workers and the Chinatown elderly community– two communities that are important to me.
Another initiative I started that same year that is really special to me is Beyond The Cup. As an effort to create more inclusive tea spaces, this online series of live interviews and wholesome conversations with tea professionals and enthusiasts was born. Beyond The Cup existed as a means to foster greater understanding for the global story of tea, and to bring more compassion and awareness for tea traditions and practices that as lesser known.