THE ORIGIN STORY
“Around the time I sold my coffee and espresso company, some herbal tea samples appeared on my desk. They were brought by a friend who was working with newly formed nations after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The samples came from Armenia, nestled between the Black and Caspian Seas, near the biblical site of the Garden of Eden. Upon tasting I discovered that these teas possessed that elusive, but much sought after food ingredient quality: Integrity – integrity of flavor, purity and efficacy. I decided that I would start a new company – a tea company – with the mission to source, distribute and spread knowledge about teas with integrity.
In 1999 fine loose tea was scarce, yet a small, but passionate group was forming to “spread the word.” At that time there was a movement among chefs and restaurant people to source ingredients with “integrity.” It was a natural fit to introduce tea to that group. MEM TEA began sourcing, importing, and distributing tea to the food service and hospitality industry, conducting thousands of tastings and trainings for cafes, restaurants, hotels, and nascent tea companies.
The time was right and tea, along with MEM TEA IMPORTS, has blossomed and grown considerably. Tea is a great gift from Nature to man. We are thankful to be a part of its dissemination.” - Mark Eli Mooradian (MEM)
In the spirit of Mark’s vision, we now provide extensive tea programs to over 800 cafes, restaurants, and other businesses around New England and the U.S. We run our own tea shop and training center in North Cambridge, MA, where we provide full staff trainings. Our reps make frequent on-site check-ins to make sure our tea is being served with care, and that our customers and their patrons enjoy a perfect cup of tea. We spend several hours on Tuesday nights at our warehouse tasting tea after tea after tea to make sure we get the best teas for our needs, to make sure our blends are always consistent, and to stay on top of the latest tea trends. Both our wholesale program (out of Watertown, MA) and our retail shop include a large list of carefully sourced and blended products including tea lattes, matcha, and award-winning chai blends. On top of all that, our ambitious, creative, and passionate staff makes it hard not to fall in love with our company and products.
“I am the Proprietor & Owner. Ultimately, I'm responsible for everything that happens. But because I have an awesome staff that gets sh*t done, my day-to-day responsibilities revolve around sourcing good tea, paying the bills, and dreaming big.
Tea for me is very mood dependent, but I would say the two style of teas that I gravitate towards most are Japanese greens and Taiwanese oolongs. Complexity, flavor, heavy body, memory inducing, calming...there's a lot of reasons why they are my go-to teas.”
“A.K.A. Megtar - I am the Chief of Sales & Operations. I listen to film scores and audio-books while drinking tea and coordinating how we can bring it to you. I oversee our sales and marketing teams while taking time out to visit customers to taste new teas with them and make sure their staff is educated and excited about tea.
My go-to category of tea that will almost always satisfy me is Chinese black tea. I love their complexity, sweetness, and multitude of flavor profiles. My treat yo' self teas are Wuyis. I love their depth, mouthfeel, weight, and richness. I could spend hours with a single yixing of Tieluohan and each steep would always be a surprise.”
“I am the General Manger of the tasting room in Davis Square which we opened in 2016.
The seasons tend to dictate what I am drinking. Spring and summer are when I drink the most white and green teas and then I tend to switch over to more hearty teas in the cooler months. Chinese black teas, especially those from the Yunnan Province, hold a special place in my heart and largest space in my tea cupboard.”
“Hi! They call me the Director of Education because I love to talk and share my experience with anyone who will listen. Now that we have a store and training center I'm truly humbled to find that people come to listen to me.
I would have to say oolong tea is my favorite because of its complexity and diversity. There's one for every day of the year and then some. I doubt I'll ever tire of them.”
“I am in charge of Wholesale Development for Cambridge & Somerville, the Cape, the North Shore, Upstate NY, NH & ME. I work with current and new customers to develop their tea programs with new teas, staff training, and sensitivity to operations.
I like Chinese black teas. That smoky clarity is so ancient and honest. Yunnan Golden Needles was the first tea really just tapped me on the shoulder. The warm tones of it - sweet potato, burnt sugar - it felt so grounded, almost as if a low bell had rung inside of me. I needed that tea at that time and everything just came together. I worked in coffee for another few years, but from then on I felt differently about tea.”
“I surf the information superhighway and send electronic letters while answering the phone and dealing with wholesale orders.
Favorite tea? Oolong.”
“I am the Marketing Director and the head of the art department, meaning that anything visual, customer facing, marketing related, the website, and more, all go through me while I drink large amounts of delicious and pricey tea.
Due to its broad spectrum of flavor, I am an oolong dude, through and through. I find oolong is also the best type of tea to assist me in using my growing teaware collection. It's a party in every cup. But I do love a good sheng pu-erh as well.”
“I work at the Tea Training Center & Tasting Room as an associate and a tea packer at the warehouse - I fill in for the odd jobs around MEM, do tea tasting demos, and help customers figure out which tea it was that the had at that cute cafe a few towns over.
I love oolong tea, it's the most delicious.”
“I work at the Tasting Room. I assist customers in picking out the perfect teas and am always excited about doing tea tastings.
I’ll happily drink any style of tea, but I’m partial towards Japanese and Taiwanese teas. Both countries produce some remarkable teas just waiting to be discovered!”
“I work in the marketing department, and drive around in the MEM van, delivering our tea to our wonderful customers in Greater Boston.
I’m a fan of matcha, the process of preparing it is relaxing and it tastes great.”
“I am the Warehouse Manager, Tea Mixer Extraordinaire, part-time scapegoat, and full-time caffeine drinker. Basically, I maintain warehouse workflow and product levels, intake new teas and supplies, mix (or find a way to mix) all our proprietary blends, and I always nod and say "yes" anytime Gil yells at me.
Japanese green teas are my favorite, all the way!”
“I am a secondary tea mixer and a tea packer.
I’m a big fan of oolong tea, specifically Tieguanyin Iron Goddess. Because metal.”