Hello! Thank you for stopping by! I wish we could sit down with you, hand you a cuppa and chat in person, but since we can't, this will have to do!
We are a husband-wife team living life in Richmond, Virginia with two precocious young children, Carys & Brenin and a surprise third on the way in May. We had a dream (work for ourselves!), a mission (impact youth aging out of foster care!) and a passion (TEA!) so in January of 2017 we acted on all three and founded Valiant, first known as Albion Tea Co. Of course we couldn't resist giving it all a geeky twist by letting books and fandoms inspire our innovative blending.
Our tiny team handcrafts, packages and ships every product you see here on our site. It is a labour of love and we hope you find as much enjoyment in your Valiant goodness as we find in the creation of it!
VALIANT: Behind the Scenes
Valiant (formerly Albion Tea Co) came about because of chai tea. Yep. We both love chai but couldn't find a loose leaf chai that was organic and up to the taste standard we wanted after spending time overseas and experiencing amazing teas. Inspired to develop our own, we set to work and months later, produced our flagship tea, Rivendell Chai. But why keep a good thing to yourself, right? The rest is history. Well, history in the making. We founded Valiant in January of 2017, and as of November 2017 have taken an exciting new turn with a focus on bookish tea lines and plans to expand business with a tiny home tea truck!
Every item we offer is a custom, artisan blend created in small batches. Our teas, spice blends and cocoas are truly handcrafted as we execute each step ourselves, from roasting spices and blending ingredients, to packaging and posting. We want to ensure that we are putting more than just a hot drink in your cup...we want it to be a work of art!
We are committed to an organic lifestyle personally and this carries over into our products as well. Each ingredient is carefully sourced to ensure it is truly organic, fresh, and of the highest quality. Please note that there are a few ingredients that are impossible to find in an organic form, but in these cases we strive to ensure that they are produced naturally, if not officially certified organic. Nearly all of our ingredients are also certified Fair Trade! We never use artificial colors, additives or flavors. The delicious tastes you will find here at Albion come from purely natural ingredients: teas, spices, and herbs.
We are a business on a mission. The heartbeat of our company is for youth aging out of the foster care system and youth suffering from mental illness. One is a nearly forgotten demographic, the other shrouded by cultural stigma...both desperately in need of love and care. We are a social enterprise, existing to make a difference and create community right along side a stellar product for your cuppa. To read more about social enterprise and what it looks like for us, click here.