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 since childhood, to Bushwick Tea. His drink of choice has been a really strong Assam blend accompanied by English biscuits; which has been the inspiration behind 'Brooklyn Breakfast'. After moving to New York city in 1996, 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 quality and the experience at the top of the wish list, he was bold enough to setup Bushwick Tea's manufacturing locally in Brooklyn.
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 it’s drinkers to keep pushing forward and overcome obstacles with a proud goat on each tea tag.
Bushwick Tea continues to maintain the integrity of whole leaf tea and make tea fun and approachable in coffee shops, cafes and office spaces all while keeping the quality and experience front and center.
Recent write up in NY Times Food: here
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 and currently on maternity leave.