Looking Back on Arbor Teas’ First Five Years!

This month marks the fifth anniversary of our humble little tea company, and it just wouldn’t be appropriate to let the occasion pass without comment. Looking back, it’s remarkable to realize how far we’ve come, and all that we’ve accomplished along the way!

Starting with a meager 100 pounds or so of tea, this company has grown from a part-time venture of a newly-married couple, to a company that now sells thousands of pounds of organic loose leaf tea every year, employs four, and is run by a family of three (finally a true mom-and-pop shop!).  From absolute tea “unknowns,” to a company featured in the national media for it’s staunch commitment to sustainability, invited to panel discussions as a leader in the industry, etc.  Wow!

So far, this one company has been through two generations of packaging (with a third to be revealed early 2010), three different websites (starting to think about version 4.0…), four school years teaching tea appreciation at the local community college and elsewhere, five World Tea Expo’s, countless certifications, inspections, approvals, mentions in the press, etc., etc., etc.

Above all else, however, the story of Arbor Teas has been about friendship. From the friends (and family!) who helped us make it through that lean first year, to the friends who’ve helped us shape and continue to grow this business, to the customers who come into our lives every day – offering not only money in exchange for the products we sell, but friendship and appreciation for what this company stands for.  At times, running our business feels like keeping up with an ever-growing collection of pen pals throughout the country – who also happen to buy organic tea from us!

It’s been quite a ride, and we wouldn’t change a thing.  If you measured success in the number of friends made, Arbor Teas would be on the cover of Fortune Magazine. And that’s how we’ll continue measuring it over the next five years!

November 09 2009 10:15 pm | Miscellaneous

8 Responses to “Looking Back on Arbor Teas’ First Five Years!”

  1. Vik on 10 Nov 2009 at 2:03 am #

    Felicitations, to the owners and workers of the finest tea retailers I know. A toast to the long years of tea sampling ahead.

  2. dunrie on 10 Nov 2009 at 7:32 am #

    Happy Anniversary.
    Jeremy and Aubrey, you are an inspiration, and the tea couldn’t be better.
    Here’s to many more years of tea!

  3. Martha on 10 Nov 2009 at 8:53 am #

    Congrats guys! I can’t believe it’s been 5 years already. It seems like not long ago we were sitting around debating names and packaging. Here’s to many more! :)

  4. Sid on 10 Nov 2009 at 9:32 am #

    Jeremy- I am very happy to see your company succeed. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am happy to have been a customer from near about the beginning :)
    Your Darjeeling and Assam teas rock!!!!

  5. Marilee on 10 Nov 2009 at 10:15 am #

    Congratulations! I drink lots more tea today (and now know more about it) than I did five years ago, mainly due to you two. Thank you! It’s an honor to have a small part in supporting your venture.

  6. Anne on 13 Nov 2009 at 5:27 pm #

    Aubrey, Jeremy and Arthur — I am so happy that your wonderful venture has been so successful. Your teas are delicious and I always learn from your website. Thank you so much!

  7. Lidia on 14 Nov 2009 at 2:08 pm #

    I wanted to cry, too! Congrats on your successes! It couldn’t have happened to better people! More exclamation marks!!!!!!!!

  8. Tracy on 07 Dec 2009 at 8:36 am #

    Good for you! I am glad to consider myself one of your customers.

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