Jessie Dean & Asheville Tea Company
With Asheville Tea Company, Jessie Dean is proving there’s a market for artisanal teas.
Western North Carolina is awash in craft beers and premium coffees; why not teas with a special twist as well? In 2015 Jessie Dean decided to address that question by handcrafting teas that blend organic herbs, botanicals, and small-batch artisanal offerings.
“I started the company,” recalls Dean, “because I realized that I could never find any locally-sourced teas on menus or in shops around Asheville. I also have traveled quite a bit and enjoy the every day tea culture in many countries in the world, and wanted to bring that experience to my own town. I was inspired by our area’s strong farm-to-table and craft beverage culture and became very interested in partnering with local farms and proprietors to create something local, beneficial to our community, healthy, and delicious.”
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