Ratesh Chopra – CEO & Founder and London born New Yorker brings no formal tea training, but a copious amount of tea drinking and biscuit dunking experience to the Bushwick Tea team. His drink of choice has been a bold Assam blend accompanied by English biscuits; which has been the inspiration behind 'Brooklyn Breakfast'. After moving to New York city in 1996 and attending Pace University, Ratesh was inspired by how tea was an after thought at most coffee shops in New York, and set out to change that many years later in 2017. With tea sourcing, premium quality, and the hospitality experience at the top of the wish list, he was bold enough to setup Bushwick Tea's manufacturing locally in Brooklyn and close to the Navy Yard.
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. Inspired by an image of mountain goats and the tenacity that defines them, Bushwick Tea reminds its drinkers to keep pushing forward and overcome obstacles. The hanging goat, is proud, open chested and brave, ready to take on life with a cuppa tea.
Bushwick Tea continues to maintain the integrity of loose leaf tea and make tea fun and approachable in coffee shops, cafes, hotels and office spaces, all while keeping the quality and experience front and center.
Recent write up in NY Times Food: here.