We’re pleased to have TeaGschwendner USA as our Weihnachtswald (Christmas forest) sponsor. The Weihnachtswald houses fifteen live fir trees decorated by local non-profits. Patrons can bid on these trees and their decorations during a silent auction held during the festival.
TeaGschwendner has a passion for excellent tea and is a 2021 Christkindlmarket Des Moines vendor. They are global tea ambassadors, sourcing the finest teas the world has to offer. Their passion for tea began when they opened their first tea shop more than forty years ago following dreams of Albert Gschwendner and his wife Gwednalina. Their goal was to bring the finest teas to a small, select group of tea connoisseurs. From those humble beginnings, TeaGschwendner has grown into a global leader in tea retail. They have invested in their tea growers and developed their own in-house laboratories to ensure that they provide only the highest quality teas. The quality of their tea speaks for itself. They have been an award-winning tea company for more than fourteen consecutive years at the World Tea Championships.
From their location in the heart of the Historic Gold Coast of Chicago, they have been able to share their passion with even more people. Their Chicago location has continued to impress for the past fifteen years. Their woman-owned local business was named “The Best Tea Shop in Chicago” by Chicago Magazine. Customers can trust they are getting the best service from an incredibly knowledgeable staff as their store is managed by a Certified Tea Sommelier. They have been trusted by Top Chefs, Local Country Clubs, Navy Pier, Art Institute of Chicago, Drake Hotel, and the Chicago/Milwaukee/Carmel Christkindlmarkets to provide the perfect tea for any occasion.
TeaGschwendner is a leader in promoting organic tea production. Their tea producers actively encourage development of a caring and sustainable industry that generates income and improves the lives of millions of people. Their producers maintain the highest ethical standards regarding health, education, nutrition and environmental sustainability with Fair Trade certifications. They cultivate personal relationships with their tea growers and share their commitment to improving the lives of the people who produce their tea products. Their commitment to providing you with exceptional tea is matched by their commitment to the planet and the people who grow their tea.
They have superior knowledge of, and experience in, the tea market, with a mission to bring truly superlative teas to a growing community of tea lovers around the world and in their own neighborhood. While their company continues to grow, some things do not change. At TeaGschwendner, their Passion for Tea is at the core of everything they do.
Each shop carries a selection of more than 300 varieties including Black, Green, Oolong, White, Rooibush, Herbal and Fruit, and ranging in price from just a few cents per cup all the way up the rarest teas grown exclusively for TeaGschwendner by some of the world’s finest estates.