Tea Total has been bringing New Zealanders the finest loose leaf tea since 1995.
The founder of, and the face behind Tea Total Ltd, Anna Salek, aka The Tea Lady, explains her love for the product by a flash of inspiration which prompted her first foray into selling tea. "I was working as a sports masseuse in Sydney some years ago, and read about a shop in Paddington that sold all these different blends." She tracked the place down and was amazed. "I didn't know there were so many. I told the owner he should be selling them at The Rocks market but he wasn't interested."
So Salek bought 12 of the most colourful teas straight off the shelf and booked a stall at The Rocks herself. It was, she remembers, a lot of hard work and a huge success - one that prompted her to come home to New Zealand and open the first Tea Total in Auckland in 1995. There was no precendent for a tea shop in 1995 and people assumed she was opening a tea room, something akin to the old New Zealand Railways cafes.
Since then, Tea Total has gone from strength to strength. The first shop was a small store in Mission Bay where the Berkley Cinema sits, selling dry tea and light refreshments. This introduced Aucklanders to the concept of a tea shop but Anna soon realised she needed a bigger store that was also a cafe, to cater for both tea drinkers, coffee drinkers and the hungry. When the cinema complex was redeveloped Tea Total moved to slightly larger premises in Mt Eden. This shop was successful and become well known throughout New Zealand. This prompted Anna to seek larger premises on Auckland's North Shore to create the store that now exists in Kitchener Road. Tea Total Cafe is no longer owned by Anna, but still offers the full range of Tea Total teas.
From humble beginnings in a Sydney market stall to a small shop with 63 flavours and a broom closet storage to a 3,000ft warehouse housing 150 varieties. Located in Mairangi Bay on Auckland's North Shore selling tea not only online but to many cafes, delicatessens, hairdressers and boutique hotels throughout New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Asia.
Tea Total not only started the tea revolution in New Zealand, they've been at the forefront ever since.
Address: Find Tea Total Ltd at 5 Apollo Drive, Mairangi Bay, Auckland, NZ. Phone 0800 832 868