We’re still a tea lover’s best-kept secret. And we’d love for you to join us for a cup!

Our Swede co-founder Joakim in The Tea Centre’s first store in Paddington, Sydney! Circa 1993.


Shoulder pads were in, coffee reigned supreme, but specialty tea stores? Virtually non-existent.

Enter a young, tea-loving Swede living in Australia named Joakim Torstensson—better know as Kim to The Tea Centre familywho immediately saw this gap in the Australian retail market and pioneered to do something about it.

This saw Joakim team up with Australian entrepreneur-in-the-making Sharon Sansom (the first to reply to his spruiking with “what a great idea!”) and together they opened The Tea Centre’s very first store in Paddington, Sydney on September 1, 1993. 

Fast forward 28 years and The Tea Centre has grown from a single boutique to ten gorgeous centres spread across Queensland, New South Wales, and the ACT (not to mention our online store as well)!

While Kim, Sharon, and their third business partner Kerry Torstensson said a heart-felt goodbye to The Tea Centre in 2016-18, their vision for the company remains the same.

At The Tea Centre’s core are tea-loving experts selling the finest, loose leaf, premium teas that are ethically sourced and consciously crafted for Australian taste buds.

Come experience the magic of our European-style tearooms by visiting your closest Tea Centre today! 

Co-founder Sharon in front of The Tea Centre’s very first ‘tea wall’. Circa 1993.

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