Many moons ago, my respect and appreciation for tea deepened when a Zen monk in Kyoto offered a bowl of hand-whisked Uji ceremonial matcha after meditation.   A decade later while on sabbatical from corporate life, I decided to live and volunteer in a Zen monastery.   Serendipitously, tea was the beverage of choice.  I didn’t realize then that my spiritual tea journey has just begun.  I later moved to work with tea farmers at the same time apprenticed at the Urasenke School of Tea Ceremony.  A few years later, I obtained my certification in Japanese Tea. 

My name is Newton and I started part timing here at Granville Island Tea Shop after coming home to Vancouver.  Whether you fancy our signature Masala Chai, a hand whisked Uji matcha or are open minded to sample any of our >200 tea & herbal choices, I would be delighted to brew it for you.  


- WHITE:  Pai Mu Tan (White Peony)
- GREEN:  Fukujyu (Japanese Premium Sencha) & Genmaicha
- OOLONG:  Iron Buddha (Light Oolong)
- BLACK:  all Darjeelings (1st & 2nd Flushes)
- HERBAL:  Vancouver Waterfront
- TISANE:  Organic Pink Grapefruit