For the love of tea
At Dragonfly, we are a British family company with a passion for sharing authentic, delicious and often rare teas with tea lovers and tea explorers alike. Rooted in generations of tea craftsmanship, our quest for quality and love of tea culture takes us all over of the world – from the remote peaks of China’s Fujian Province to the celebrated tea estates of Darjeeling and East Africa. We were among the first to bring a string of now much-loved green, white, rooibos and spiced speciality teas to the UK market many years ago, and continue to champion the joys and benefits of the great tea traditions.
A family affair
Dragonfly was founded by Bruce Ginsberg, a fourth generation tea maker, passionate tea drinker and renowned expert on all things to do with the little green leaf. Bruce is also an independent scholar of East Asian culture and landscape aesthetics, having spent time in Japan studying the ancient tea ceremony, as well as farming tea in South Africa for many years. Bruce’s grandfather, Benjamin Ginsberg, was the founder of rooibos tea – he perfected the curing technique over a hundred years ago. Following in the family footsteps, Bruce’s daughter Georgia is now the fifth generation to share this love for tea and is actively involved in writing the next chapter of the Dragonfly story.
Wanda Scott is something of a legend in tea circles and we are proud to count her as part of the Dragonfly family. Known simply and somewhat reverentially as ‘Madame Wanda', she has been travelling through the remote parts of China and south-east Asia since 1978. Over this time, she has witnessed the gradual opening of China’s borders, forged close personal relationships with the best growers and suppliers, and become one of the world’s foremost green tea experts. The longest serving tea trader in her field, she has made it her mission to seek out the most exquisite teas from across the region. Her knowledge and understanding of the little green leaf is almost unrivalled. Her Mahjong skills aren't too bad either!
On a summer's day many years ago, we were sitting around the table in our lovely old barn in the Hampshire countryside wondering what to call our new tea adventure. Just then, a beautiful and elusive dragonfly darted in through the window, and Dragonfly Tea was born. The dragonfly is our muse. It inspires, dazzles and delights us. An ancient symbol of purity, vitality and harmony throughout the world, the playful yet determined dragonfly mirrors our company ethos. Dragonflies love sunshine, warmth and clear, pure water. We believe the same elements are required for creating a truly fine cup of tea, and we celebrate them with every pack!