Buddha Teas began as one man’s endeavour to bring quality natural tea to the rest of the world. Born in the U.K., John Boyd grew up heavily immersed in the culture of tea. After moving to America, however, he found the choices available in tea offered to be disappointingly limited. Thus inspired to create an expanded variety for tea lovers like himself, John began to explore the possibility of founding a tea company of his own.
The Natural Model
While researching tea production, John was stunned to learn how heavily most tea companies relied on pesticides, fillers, additives and flavourings in the creation of their products. Concerned about the effects of such chemicals on the human body, as well as the environment, he set out to create an alternative. John chose ingredients that were grown organically or wild harvested to keep his teas as natural as possible. He’d also had a long-standing interest in the use of herbs as alternative medicine, an interest that inspired him to produce a line of herbal teas. By presenting single-ingredient herbal teas made from 100% natural ingredients, John hoped to provide the strongest possible benefit to be found in a single herb.
Building An Identity
Choosing a name was a difficult endeavour that could not be taken lightly. John wanted a name that would best communicate his desires and direction for the company. It was during a meditation session that he realised the answer he was looking for.
The name “Buddha Teas” was chosen not to reflect a religion, but a philosophy. One of the key aspects of Buddhism is living a life in harmony with the world, one of simplicity, generosity and filled with compassion for all life. As a company devoted to offering natural teas that are healthy for consumers and for the environment, this philosophy was a perfect fit. By taking from the earth no more than what we need, and giving back to it through recycling and compostable products, Buddha Teas would strive not to profit from the earth, but to honour it and its many blessings.
With an identity and a purpose firmly established, Buddha Teas launched its first line of natural teas in 2009, and has continued to offer quality products ever since.
Founder - Buddha Teas