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The largest and most creative range of premium teas worldwide.
The finest teas, lovingly hand-blended.

Here at alveus®, we see tea not as a mass-produced commodity, but as one of nature’s treasures. Our dream is to pass on our love for this natural product and to impart to others the feeling of living a conscious and fulfilling life.


Right from the outset, it was clear to us that we would only be able to fulfil our dream by working by hand with the best ingredients in small, fresh batches. After all, only the finest quality and great care in the manufacturing process guarantee pure tea enjoyment.


Our passion for experimenting and invention has helped us and our customers to put together the largest and most varied range of premium teas to be found anywhere in the world. Together, we want to give the world of tea a young, fresh image and inspire even more people to enjoy premium tea.


You can taste the love in every sip.

The World of alveus®


Once the first tea supplies reached the port of Hamburg at the beginning of the 17th century, tea became a real drink of the people. Nowadays, Hamburg is the most important trading centre for tea in Europe. It therefore comes as no surprise that alveus® has chosen the city for its headquarters.


In around 1820, the British came across naturally occurring wild tea plants of the thea assamnica genus in Assam in north-eastern India. Even today, this region still offers excellent conditions for the cultivation of tea. Assam teas are the basis for many of our black tea blends, such as Earl Grey or our East Frisian blend.


When a plague ravaged almost all the coffee plants on the island in the middle of the 19th century, the Scottish coffee farmer Charles Taylor decided to grow tea on the coffee plantations. Today, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) is the third largest tea-growing region in the world.


The cultivation of tea in Darjeeling began in 1840, when Dr Campbell began to experiment with seeds stolen from China for his own personal use, thus introducing tea to the region for the first time. Teas from this region are of outstanding quality; they are delicate, fragrant and create a golden yellow infusion.

Western Cape, South Africa

Rooibos is the national drink of South Africa and is mainly produced in the Cederberg Mountains to the north of Cape Town. The tea is low in tannin and contains no caffeine, meaning it is thus ideally suited to helping you meet your daily fluid intake.

Eastern Cape, South Africa

Originally used by the indigenous people of South Africa, the honey bush was used for curing coughs and lung infections. Honeybush smells like honey, tastes slightly sweet and is softer than the well-known Rooibos.


For most Japanese people, green tea is everything: A drink to enjoy on any occasion and also the heart of the traditional centuries-old tea ceremony. It is not surprising, then, that some of the world's best green teas come from Japan.


Kenya is the most significant African tea-growing region and the second largest black tea producer in the world. Evenly distributed rainfall, a sunny climate and rich red volcanic soil provide unique growing conditions that enable a tea with strong, refreshing flavours to thrive.

South America

Mate infusions are an integral part of the culture in the southern regions of South America. Mate invigorates body and mind and is shared with friends and family. A tea that’s just perfect for enjoying together.

Brazil and Peru

Lapacho is made from the inner bark of the Lapacho tree, which grows to up to 35m in height. Even all those years ago, the Inca knew about and made use of its health-giving properties.


Oolong tea is semi-fermented and has an oxidation grade set between that of black and green tea. It has a slightly stimulating flavour and is ideal for accompanying fasting regimes.

Java (Indonesia)

After tea proved to be very popular at auctions in Amsterdam in the early 17th century, the plants began to be widely cultivated in the Dutch colony of Java (then Batavia).


Nepal’s tea history dates back to the 18th century. However, it was not until the mid-1950s that this fine product was cultivated on an industrial scale. Since then, green tea from Nepal has come to be known as one of the highest quality and most exquisite teas in the world.


Until the 19th century, it was almost exclusively green tea from China that was drunk in Europe. It was only when the British began to produce black tea in their colonies that the drink began to conquer the Western world.


“Red tea” is a particularly popular drink in Spain. What many people do not know, however, is that “té rojo” is actually Pu-erh tea, and not Rooibos.


Lavender infusions smell wonderful and soothe the body, mind and soul. Lavender grows in the fields of Provence and is an indispensable part of everyday life for the French.


Tea has been deeply rooted in Russian culture for a long time and is one of the country’s most popular beverages. On the Trans-Siberian Railway and other long-distance trains that cross the country, tea, served using a samovar, is provided free of charge to all passengers.


Approximately 80 different varieties of olive grow between Sicily and Liguria. Olive leaves are perfectly suited to making spicy tea blends, as in our organic olive leaf teas, for example.


In ancient Greece, the quince was considered a favourite fruit of the gods. The quince is a real all-rounder since the seeds, leaves and fruit can all be eaten. We were so enthusiastic about it that we chose this delicious fruit as the basis for our “Dream of Quince ORGANIC” concept series.


Americans love tea, especially iced tea. “Iced tea” recipes were already an essential part of cookbooks from the end of the 19th century. When the finest ingredients are used, fruity and refreshing iced tea can even be enjoyed unsweetened.

Southwest Japan

The home of the noble Matcha teas. This green tea variety is shaded off around one month before it is due to be harvested. Subsequently, it is steamed, dried and ground to a fine powder. This “Green Gold" is enjoying ever increasing popularity.


China is the home of tea cultivation. There are records that mention a tax on tea as far back as the Qin Dynasty in 221 B.C. In our range, you can find a variety of the highest quality teas from China.


Dates are considered the “fruits of the Orient” and can be found in our teas bearing this same name. For 8000 years, the date has been an integral part of oriental culture. It is valued as a source of energy and it is said to increase potency.

Peru and Brazil

Lapacho is made from the inner bark of the Lapacho tree, which grows to up to 35m in height. Even all those years ago, the Inca knew about and made use of its health-giving properties.

Hamburg Assam Ceylon Darjeeling Western Cape, South Africa Eastern Cape, South Africa Japan Kenya South America Brazil and Peru Taiwan Java (Indonesia) Nepal England Spain France Russia Italy Greece U.S.A. Southwest Japan China Turkey Peru and Brazil

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