Learning about Namasthe Tea

Isabelle Ranger (co-owner)


On a sunny morning in July I had the pleasure of sitting in a café in Whistler, BC with Isabelle Ranger and her husband Cédric, who both took me on a tea tasting journey into the unknown. I say the unknown because I wasn’t familiar with their tea line-up nor Isabelle’s impressive background as a herbalist.

Handcrafted in the Pemberton Valley which on the outskirts of Whistler, Namasthé® Teas features our own Pemberton Whole Leaf Thérroir™ Tisanes in a wide selection of Premium quality, Certified Organic and Fair-Trade Loose Leaf Teas & Tea pouches. As dedicated Tea Artisans, they blend sustainabilitea in every teapouch using manila hemp tea pouches, 100% Home compostable clear overwrap and 100% Solar & Wind Power at the farm & Teacrafting Temple .

We tasted some of their loose leaf teas and infused them 2 to 3 times to make that perfect cup.

Cedric then introduced me to a new product that they just launched Wild Roots Beer and he and Isabelle explained that they make a syrup which is then add to carbonated water to make a cold tea soda. I was fortunate to taste this new Roots Beer Soda which I loved.

Since 2000, they have been developing herbal blends in Mt.Currie & Whistler then launched Namasthé® in 2006. They were the first Tea Company to create a line of 6 boxes of 16 eco Teapouches teacrafting only the rarest hand harvested Organic & Fair-Trade Award Winning Ancient Tree Teas with Local Grown Thérroir™ Tisanes in the world!

Follow them on twitter @Namastheteaco or find them on the web.

  • Alexandra

    These teas are very nice and prepared with care and love, I’m sure, but please, I beg you, do not refer to them as “rare”. There is in fact no such thing as Organic, Fair Trade teas that are rare, as all of these certified teas are somewhat mass-produced commercial grade (still good, but not great, and certainly not rare). I do not want to diminish what these genuine people do, but let’s not raise it to a level it is not. You can find rare and special teas in Canada that respect tradition (such as Dao Tea in Vancouver or Camellia Sinensis in montreal), but I can assure you they are not flavoured with bergamot or blended with bits of fruit.

  • Cedric

    Is that so ?

  • Is that so?

  • michael sean symonds

    I think you might be overlooking what’s
    really being said here, what’s really rare is to watch Namasthe’s commitment to
    the word sustainability as it moves far beyond the “profit for gain model” that
    you will find in 99% of business models today.

    What’s rare is to witness how Isabella
    & Cedric have elevated business fundamentals with choices that bring sustainability
    alive in so many layers of their operation.
    Too often we get stuck on words like organic, fare trade & even the “S”
    word – sustainability; so it’s delightful to see a real world business have the
    leadership & courage to take risks for the sake of profit, by investing in
    the many initiatives that make Namasthe truly unique among its peers.

    So you may find Bergamot & bits of
    fruit in their teas, but from where I stand, we should be more vigilant to the prevailing
    attitudes of those so-called companies that pay homage to tradition &
    traditional business models, that inherently corrupt & do not support the
    well-being of the planet & the people who live on it.

  • Cathérine

    Is Isabelle Ranger really CANADIAN? The excessive use of superlatives on her website makes me suspiscious. She is not modest enough for a truly Canadian woman. Could she be a YANKEE intruder?!