20 Muslin Tea Bags

The sweet taste of liquorice harmoniously goes together with the freshness of peppermint and the relaxing properties of verbena.

Rose hip is a red fruit well known for containing minerals and antioxidants. With its slightly acid taste, rose hip has a purifying effect on the body.

How To Use:
Origin: European Union Time of day: Anytime Ideal water temperature: Boiling Quantity needed: 0.1 oz - 3g Brewing time: 5-8 min

Ingredients: Revitalizing blend of rose hip seed, apple, leaves, anis seeds, verbena, liquorice roots, and peppermint.

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About Kusmi Tea

Kusmi’s story is almost (if not equally) as incredible as their soothing, healthy and tasty teas. Their journey is so interesting and steeped in history it almost makes it that much more delicious! Read on for a little dose of non-fiction:

The Tale of Kusmi Tea

The eldest son of a peasant family, Pavel Michailovitch Kousmichoff left home at the age of 14 to look for employment in St. Petersburg. There, he found work as a delivery boy for a tea merchant. The shop manager soon realized that the boy had enormous potential and taught him the art of blending tea.

Pavel continued to work for the tea merchant until his marriage to Alexandra, the daughter of a successful paper merchant. His employer was so happy to see him marry into such a good family that he gifted him with a small teahouse on Sadovaïa Street. And that is how the P. M. Kousmichoff teahouse was born, in 1867.

Alexandra and Pavel had six children, including his son Viatcheslav (1878) and his daughter Elisabeth (1880) for whom he created the special blend that soon became the tsar’s tea: Bouquet of Flowers. 

By 1901, Pavel owned 11 teahouses, as well as a large building big enough for his entire family. He was very rich and his company was one of the three largest tea companies in Russia.

The eldest son goes to London and back to Russia
In 1907, Pavel sent his eldest son Viatcheslav to London to learn about tea. Viatcheslav started by opening the company’s British subsidiary: P.M. Kousmichoff & Sons at 11 Queen Victoria Street. At the time, the city was the world capital of the tea trade, which helped Viatcheslav become a master tea blender. Viatcheslav returned to Russia and, after the death of his father in 1908, took over the family business. He successfully built up the company to a total of 51 teahouses in all major Russian cities.

A new start in Paris (1917)
Portending disaster, Viatcheslav transferred part of his fortune to the company’s London office in 1916 and, in 1917, opened a workshop in Paris – the Maison Kusmi-Thé. While he spent most of his time in Paris, his family remained in St. Petersburg. On the eve of the Revolution, without realizing just how right his instincts were, Viatcheslav decided to send them to spend the summer in the Caucasus just as the Revolution broke out. As the “Reds” moved south, Viatcheslav organized his family’s escape: first to Constantinople and then to Paris in 1920. In Paris, Viatcheslav and his wife lived the life of the wealthy with their three children: Constantin, Nadia and Vera. The children had tutors and enjoyed sport and music; Constantin and Nadia playing the violin and Vera, the piano. Vera later attended the Paris Conservatory where she met Rachmaninov and went on to become a famous opera singer.

Between the wars in Berlin (1927)
The family prospered during the interwar years, opening offices in New York, Hamburg and Constantinople. Viatcheslav decided to settle his main business in Berlin, as it housed a large Russian community.

Viatcheslav died just after World War II in 1946, leaving his son Constantin to take over a family business much weakened by the war years. Unfortunately, Constantin didn’t have the same business acumen as his father or grandfather. He was a man who loved life and burned the candle at both ends, but while he was an artist and a tea lover, he just didn’t understand figures.

On the brink of bankruptcy in 1972, he sold the business for a pittance. During the years that followed, the Kousmichoff company continued to sell Kusmi teas with uneven success. Like Constantin, the people who had bought the company were artistic and had a certain understanding of flavors, but their management skills left much to be desired. In 2003, Kousmichoff was bought by the Orebi brothers who came from a long line of commodity merchants. Having traded cotton in the 19th century, and non-ferrous metals in the first part of the 20th century, the Orebi family decided in 1962 to focus on cocoa and coffee, a move that naturally led them to tea.

They took up the challenge to carry on the traditions of Pavel, Viatcheslav and Constantin Kousmichoff and to develop an international reputation for the Kusmi Tea brand.

And so we have what is Kusmi today. Drink up!