Ratesh Chopra – CEO & Founder a London born New Yorker brings no formal tea drinking training, but copious amounts of tea drinking since childhood to Bushwick Tea. Most of his tea drinking has a really strong builders brew Assam blend. Ratesh was inspired by how tea was an after thought at most coffee shops in New York, and set out to change that. He was bold enough to setup Bushwick Tea's local manufacturing in Brooklyn as the best way to insure the highest quality organic leaves and botanicals and provide an artisanal unconventional Tea brand that was both authentic to it's origin and scalable across all channels. His goal with Bushwick Tea was to break down the intimidating and complicated world of tea, through neighborhood story telling, community experiences and unconventional branding.
Karen Dunlap – Director of Sales and Education comes to Bushwick Tea with over a decade of experience in the tea business in New York City and abroad. She has pioneered tea programs in restaurants, including Danny Meyer's Union Square Cafe, stores and office spaces. Her continued obsession is to elevate tea and bring about unexpected moments of beauty through its enjoyment. She has been featured in The Economist, Edible Manhattan, Gotham, The Leonard Lopate Show, Heritage Radio Network and Martha Stewart Living Radio. Karen lives in Brooklyn.