Our Story

We are an innovative Atlanta-based tea company founded in Asia's rich tea tradition and inspired by the American cocktail and European cafes and spirits. Loose-leaf teas and herbal infusions are expertly blended to a subtle and nuanced perfection that rivals wine and craft beers. 

We take great pleasure in deconstruction and building of flavor profiles, banishing added “flavors” in favor of what inspired flavors in the first place: botanicals themselves discovered by centuries of ancestors foraging the earth. In a sense, we are bringing flavor back to its roots.

At the heart of K-teas is the marriage of Dustin and Katie Watts. They discovered a mutual love of tea on their first date in Washington, D.C., were inspired by the spice markets of Istanbul on their honeymoon, and started K-Teas in Atlanta in their first year of marriage.

K-Teas originally grew through selling at local Atlanta artist & farmer’s markets, and festivals,. In October of 2014, we ran a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to grow into a more national brand, delivering over 1,000 units of product in a month to almost 200 people around the United States. Since then we’ve entered larger markets and wholesaling. 

Every day we learn and gain more respect for where tea has traveled over the centuries. We are proud to now be a part of the story of tea, innovating into the new century in a generation of the West that is quickly acquiring a taste for tea.

The Owners

Katie Watts  

Katie first fell in love with tea at a Chinese restaurant in Arlington, Virginia growing up and began blending teas recreationally in high school. She studied business in college and a started working on K-Teas one year after graduation. She now runs operations full-time and grows more passionate about tea and flavor every passing day.

Dustin Watts

Dustin grew up on earl grey with a dash of cream. He dove headlong into working with spices after traveling across Europe and experiencing the rich expressions of culture in food and beverages. Dustin studied engineering and computer science at Georgia Tech. He is passionate about innovation and culture.

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