About Us

Established in 1993, The Tea Centre has since remained dedicated to offering the best quality teas sourced from the finest tea gardens the world over. From our beginnings as a little tea store in Paddington, Sydney we have remained Australian owned and operated as we have grown to twelve stores across the east coast of Australia as well as a popular online store.

As one of the first specialist retailers in Australia to reinvigorate the trend towards the tea leaf; this has been an ongoing labour of love by owners Joakim and Kerry Torstensson and Sharon Sansom. Their passion for tea and everything associated with the culture and artistry of brewing the perfect cup has meant their personal involvement every step of the way. From developing close relationships with small farmer cooperatives to conceiving new blends, Joakim, Kerry, and Sharon have strived to make their enjoyment of tea a shared experience with tea lovers everywhere.
Their enthusiasm is clearly reflected by the friendly Tea Centre staff in-stores who are a wealth of information. They take great delight in finding that perfect tea for every individual with sometimes even several favourites being discovered along the way. Whether it is a classic, a blend, a single estate, or a herbal tisane, there is a brew that is bound to appeal to every enthusiast and would-be enthusiast alike. Teas are packaged as they are purchased ensuring they remain fresh and flavoursome. And with such enticing aromas, it would be difficult not to get enthusiastic.

Our leaves stem from reputable tea-growing regions across Asia, Africa, and even Australia. Imported teas are quality tested against the highest European standards ensuring minimum residue levels. Quite uniquely, our teas are then air-freighted into Australia every 6-8 weeks, setting us apart from most tea retailers whose product may sit at sea for months during shipping. Where possible, we have also endeavoured to stock a selection of organic and ethical teas. Overall, The Tea Centre’s library of teas is constantly progressing as we continue to keep an eye on tea trends and traditions alike.

Take a moment to stop and smell the tea leaves — timeless and exquisite in all of its simplicity, we believe that even enjoying a daily cuppa can be a transcendent moment. Let us take you to this next level of pleasure by visiting your closest Tea Centre or our online store and discover the best that tea has to offer.