High Mountain Tea Opens Brick & Mortar in Toronto

High Mountain Tea, a brand-new online tea company, opened their first physical retail location in Toronto yesterday. Specializing in what looks to be primarily Taiwanese oolong and black teas, with a few additional Chinese imports, they claim to travel to both countries to source. Additionally, they have a simple and elegant line of teaware for sale. These include clay gong fu sets, porcelain tasting cups, and ceramic kyusu pots. 

Founder Conor Murphy grew a passion for tea after having a transformative Puer tasting with his cousin, who happens to run Living Tea, an online tea business specializing in Puer that does occasional private tastings. That relationship eventually led him to Global Tea Hut in Taiwan, run by tea guru and monk, Wu De. There he learned about the intricacies of the tea world and established the connections he needed to eventually open High Mountain Tea. A physical store was essential, Murphy says, “because I wanted to get in front of my customers, talk to them, teach them what I know and try to develop a community.”

With the Toronto Tea Festival wrapping up just days before, High Mountain Tea is in good company. Their location in Kensington Market in Toronto’s Chinatown places them down the block from Nohohon Tea Room and The Witches Brew, a kombucha cafe and brewery, and a brisk stroll from Tao Tea Leaf. It seems like Toronto might be transforming in a full-blown tea city.

Here’s a video from their Instagram showing the space:

High Mountain Tea

Photo credit: High Mountain Tea


About the Author:

Jordan has spent most of his life working in the food and beverage industry. His professional experience with tea started at American Tea Room in Los Angeles, where he worked for almost six years, becoming their Beverage Director and helping in a three-location expansion. Later, he moved to developing, training, and menu-building what would become Alfred Tea Room, which he's helped expand into Japan. He now serves as Food & Beverage Director for Alfred Inc. which includes Alfred Tea Room and multiple locations of Alfred Coffee in Los Angeles and Austin.

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