About

Hi! We’re Ayumi and Diana, the two ladies behind Three Gems Tea. Just like tea, we were both born in China but eventually landed on distant shores.*

We started Three Gems Tea to make tea breaks easy. Our three gems for getting the most out of your cup? Keep it good, simple, and fun!

GOOD: Quality tea, grown and shared with care. 

Our tea is grown in China and Taiwan, on family farms that use holistic growing practices and forgo pesticides. Our teaware is handcrafted by a small studio of artisans in Jingdezhen, the history-steeped ceramics capital of China. No matter how new or experienced you are when it comes to loose leaf tea, you’re welcome at our party — we know tea is tastiest when shared.

SIMPLE: Easy by design. 

Whenever we return to China, we love the unfussy way that our families drink tea together — low-key gatherings that inspired us to share the magic of a casual tea break with the rest of the world too. So we’ve designed a streamlined, modern gong fu tea set for everyday use, and created intuitive guides to make tea time a little more delightful. We’ll provide the essentials, you make tea time your own.

FUN: Seriously, tea’s not that serious.

It’s just leaves in water! We don’t believe in complicated rules for enjoying tea, even if you’re brewing gong fu style. The way you like it is absolutely the best way to drink it, and learning how you prefer to take your tea is half the fun. (If you’re new to loose leaf, we put together basic guidelines — just a starting point! — to make a reliably tasty gaiwan/mug/pitcher.)

Since our teas are bold and vibrant, we thought our teaware should match. We believe in the power of a tea break to brighten any day, literally and figuratively! 🌈

PS: What’s the significance of three?

Across cultures and faiths, three gems have long represented the things that are most important in life. And in Chaozhou, said to be the birthplace of gong fu tea (and where Diana’s family is from), small cups of strong oolong are traditionally served in threes — maybe because the three cups together look like the character 品! (That’s “to taste” in Chinese.) We also started as a trio, and are grateful to have begun our Three Gems journey with Daphne Wu.

 

*Globe-trotting Ayumi has called China, Japan, Germany, and the US home. Diana spent much of her childhood on the Jersey Shore (yes that one), but has since put down roots in Los Angeles — which is also where your orders are shipped from!

 

People photos on our site by Oriana Koren. Product photos by Josh Schaedel and Three Gems Tea.