The maharajas and maharanis of India are admired for their unparalleled opulence and sophistication. As erstwhile rulers, they played an imperative role in shaping the ethos of Indian art and living, of which tea was an inseparable part. Evening tea was a daily fixture in the royal courts: kings and queens settled into aaram-kursis each evening, tables were decorated with heirloom silverware, and accompanied by an array of saffron-dipped sweets. Light reflects off the palatial walls as the sun disappeared over Lake Pichola. Loyal attendants poured Darjeeling’s first flush. In an hour’s tête-à-tête, an ethereal fragrance filled the air. Discussions of art and politics began to flow, and so did refills of tea. Though the British were the first to introduce tea to India, the royal courts stood witness to its rapid cultivation and the patronage of tea culture.
Indian tea culture has drastically transformed with the demands of modern lifestyle. Just a few generations ago, locals prided themselves on moments of chai unmarred by the busyness of today. In the age of looming responsibilities, one of the most quintessential Indian pastimes is losing its luster marking our descent into the mire of convenience. The simplest and most significant explanation for this: tea, as we know it, has a dated image and lives on only amongst the graying. It’s time for a contemporary perspective on an age-old tradition.
Discard any thoughts of yet another tea house serving an imitative and conventional afternoon fare in the name of India’s terroirs. Rather, our team uses its experiences and travels throughout the country to reinvent the way we understand and appreciate tea through a cross-pollination of Indian flare with Western technique. As patrons of modernization, much like the maharajas of India, we feed a longing to see the traditional as twisted. Each tea is carefully handcrafted using time-honoured flavours, ingredients, and concepts of heritage with an air of refinement. Together with ceramic proposals that show a mastery in material and form, Ahista Tea is a tribute to quintessential Indian sensibilities and aspires everyone to the nostalgia, romance of historical landmarks, vibrant culture and landscape. We hope to serve you as a modern institution in the world of progressive teas.
Ahista Tea is set to redefine the perception of Indian tea by culturally fusing each blend. As a single-batch progressive tea brand, we create teas that are inspired by and enriched with Indian history and culture - ethically and honestly. Indian tea is an ancient emblem of artistic legacy. It is an intrinsic part of the local tea industry that dates back to colonial times over eighty years ago.
Progressive Indian Teas - Set to Empower, Prioritizing the Locals.
India is the second-largest manufacturers of tea in the world and accounts for the largest source of local employment. The influx of demand for artisanal, Indian tea has driven many brands to shift their focus on mass production, thereby compromising the hard work, passion, and earnings of local farmers and suppliers.
We strive to work with our small tea farmers and suppliers, by cutting-out intermediaries. We do this to empower, inspire and make sure the value-add remains at its source.
We aim to provide a lucrative platform and source of income to our stakeholders at the various levels of supply chain – whether it be farmers and artisans, artists, manufacturers - by essentially providing routes to market their products and keeping the added-value in India.
Reinventing the Past, Creating New Sentiments.
We strive to uphold our rich history, tradition, and culture by assimilating modern expression. Our goal is to put-forth the artistic expression of tea and regions that are historically influenced by Indian culture on the global canvas - reinventing past experiences, traditions, and creating new sentiments and passion for tea. We delicately craft our teas, sourced from only hand-picked, whole leaves. The leaves undergo processing techniques that are a synthesis of ancient methodologies and modern procedures.
In today’s life, tea has become an expression of passion and tranquility. The art of making tea is akin to the magic created by an artist. It’s an artistic inspiration. Each of our teas are designed to bring life to a serene impasse. Take a step back from the fast-paced life, savor each flavored moment and commemorate your existence with the very essence of your being with our teas.
From the Founder
I believe that what we crave these days are real connections: to someone else or even to ourselves. Having a cup of tea is a way to connect with tradition and your personal ritual while bringing communities together from all over the world. Tea brings back harmony through initiating and facilitating connectivity.
Our aim is to change the perception of Indian tea culture with a contemporary interpretation. Ahista itself means “at a slow pace”. Bringing to mind the art of slow living, we encourage you to take a step back, and savour each sip with intention and thoughtfulness. All of our teas are handmade and sustainable, reaching a level of quality that have landed us at various Michelin-starred restaurants, cafes, and boutique hotels worldwide. - Ashmit Patel