Producer in Galway;
Solaris is a family business established by husband and wife team Joerg and Karin Mueller, two qualified Medical Herbalists (BScHons). Based in Galway by the rugged shoreline of Irelands West coast, Solaris specialises in the blending and preparation of International Award-winning Whole-Leaf Organic Teas.
In their early twenties, during their herbal medicine degree, they dreamt up and blended their first perfect cup of herbal tea. The local coffee shop tried and tested their creations and these original virgin blends soon outsold their coffee offerings. Similarly, their tea-sampling evenings became a regular fix with friends. One evening, after relishing in thirty varieties of Organic Jasmine tea from small, hand-picked tea plantations, conversation took on a new level of poetry and a dream was born. They decided to share their passion with the world.
Their dream became reality in 2003 when their business was established. The goal was to provide customers with delicious tasting and health promoting organic herbal teas, free from artificial flavourings and other additives.
From its humble beginnings, hand blending small batches of herbal teas, within 3 years they were the proud recipients of 13 Great Taste Awards, secured the Best Irish Organic Grocery Award twice and winning the Eurotoque 2010 award for outstanding contribution to Irish cuisine.
What makes Solaris Tea different from others?
Joerg Mueller: “We have unique blends in terms of composition. They are blended both for health benefits (although we cannot make any health claims) & taste alike. The overall experience is not only while you are drinking tea, but also how you feel afterwards!
Solaris Tea also takes it sustainability credentials very seriously: from all our packaging being biodegradable to sourcing directly from smaller producers with an ethos that needs to match ours. Our black teas for example, we source from the world's first and only organic & CO2 neutral tea plantation. We also have a strong sense of commitment to the environment: in the last 2 years we created a native fruit and wild nut orchard with over 48 native apple, pear and nut trees, created a biodiversity pond and planted a forest garden. I also would argue that our knowledge on herbs and tea, its uses paired with mindfulness differentiates us from bigger tea companies.”
As Catherine Douzel said: 'Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage'.