In 1872, a young Ceylonese named Balage Porolis De Silva planted his roots in Singapore, bringing with him a passion for Ceylon's finest teas. Within a jewelry boutique along High Street, he sought to enrich his customers' appreciation of jewelry by introducing them to the aromatic elegance of Ceylon tea. His vision laid the foundation for a family-run business that has preserved his legacy of artistry and craftsmanship for five generations.
In the 1980s, Mr. Sunil Amarasuriya, a visionary and the fourth-generation leader of his family's tea business, embarked on a journey to establish a brand of specialty tea synonymous with elegance and luxury. Collaborating with Thayne Madrid, they crafted a logo that encapsulated the brand's essence. The imagery, featuring a majestic clipper ship, symbolized the commitment to delivering the finest quality teas.
This marked the birth of The 1872 Clipper Tea Co., a brand that swiftly gained recognition for its premium and high-quality teas. Mr. Sunil's dream had come to life, and The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. became a name associated with excellence in the world of specialty teas.
Stepping into the helm of managing the family business from his father, Mr. Sunil, Rehan Amarasuriya recognizes the shifting dynamics of tea consumption. In today's world, younger generations are increasingly drawn to teas, from ready-to-drink options to the popularity of bubble teas.
With a keen understanding of how these changes have increased the opportunity for tea consumption, he steered the brand towards innovation while staying true to the brand's identity of elegance and luxury. Rehan reimagined The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.'s retail presence at ION Orchard and introduced a modern tea bar seamlessly blended into the shop spaces. This concept offers consumers an immersive experience to unwind and celebrate the art of tea culture.
Rehan's vision extends beyond creating spaces for everyone to experience tea. He is exploring machinery capable of extracting the finest flavours from tea leaves, promising a sensory journey like no other.
His dedication to excellence also continues in his research on patented technology that revolutionizes the way tea is graded and traced back to its origin. With this innovation, we can guarantee that the consistency and quality of each blend will meet the highest standards set by The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.
At The 1872 Clipper Tea Co., every sip of tea serves as a connection to our heritage, artistry, and an invitation to become part of a timeless legacy.
Today, our tea blends remain a symbol of excellence, carrying forward the unwavering commitment to quality that began over 30 years ago, along with the signature aroma cherished for generations. As modern tea trends continue to evolve, we embrace them as opportunities to redefine the tea experience and make it accessible to everyone.
"As business owners, we recognize the vital role we play in creating positive change. Not only to the environment but also in the lives of the workers who contribute so much to our craft."
Mr Rehan Amarasuriya
At The 1872 Clipper Tea Co., our team is not just a collection of individuals. We are a community of tea enthusiasts, craftsmen, and experts united by a shared commitment to delivering teas of unparalleled quality. Behind each cup is the dedication of a remarkable team that makes The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. an embodiment of tea perfection.