WHO ARE WE?
Our know-how lies in the creation of new and original tastes developed by our teams thanks to a flawless knowledge of natural aromas from the best fruits, flowers and spices.
For over 150 years, we have worked every day to reinvent our tea house to make this experience ever more amazing. To achieve this, we develop and carefully manufacture quality products in our French workshops and share our creations and know-how through our boutiques and partners around the world.
Our group is made up of over 600 employees, distributed among our 100 boutiques across the world, our production workshops in Normandy, and our headquarters in Paris. Creation, innovation and know-how are part of our daily lives. Our common ambition is to offer the best blends of teas and infusions, based on natural ingredients.
Our teas are intended to offer a moment of cordiality, sharing and benevolence. It is in this context that each year we support various human and environmental actions for solidarity.
Our story begins in 1867 when Pavel Kousmichoff founded the tea house in St.Petersburg. Success was immediate and Kusmi tea quickly became the favorite of the tsars. In 1917, fleeing the Russian revolution, the Kousmichoff family set up their workshops on avenue Niel, in Paris. The company was bought taken over in 2003 by Sylvain and Claude Orebi. In Kusmi Tea the two brothers recognized a gem and they decide to take over the reins.
Pavel Mikhaïlovitch Kousmichoff, the eldest son of a rural family, left the village of his birth at the age of 14 to work for a tea trader in St Petersburg. Spotting his potential, the tea trader taught him the secrets of blending tea, offering him a small store in 1867 as a wedding gift.
The business house did incredibly well, and Kusmi teas went on to become the favourite tea of the tsars. Following his marriage to Alexandra, 6 children were born. Of those, the eldest son Viatcheslav (1878) succeeded him, and his daughter Elisabeth (1880) was the inspiration for the recipe for the tsar's favourite tea, Bouquet of Flowers.
In 1907, Pavel sent Viatcheslav to learn more about tea in London. Viatcheslav became a tea specialist in London, and was a talented businessman. He opened his first English branch P.M.Kousmichoff & Sons at 11 Queen Victoria Street.
The Russian Revolution broke out and the Kousmichoff family was forced to flee Russia, setting up its studios in Paris at 75 Avenue Niel (the premises are now occupied by the company's training space Les Ateliers K), creating the Kusmi Tea house.
The business flourished during the inter-war years, and offices were opened in New York, Hamburg and also Constantinople. But Berlin was where Viatcheslav set himself up as a priority, as a lot of Russians lived there.
Viatcheslav Kousmichoff passed away in1946 shortly after the end of the war, leaving the family business to his son Constantin. But he was more artist and tea-lover than businessman, and the company slowly declined.
Sylvain and Claude Orebi take on the reins of the business
Kusmi Tea launches its Wellbeing range with the popular Detox, BB Detox and Sweet Love teas.
The advertising serial production The Beauty of Blends cements Kusmi's reputation.
Bold and adventurous through the years, Kusmi Tea is as popular now as it was in the era of the tsars! In little more than a decade the business has become a key name, going on to open 85 stores in 35 countries and featuring 100 tea blends crafted near Le Havre. The business employs over 600 people across the world. It's a saga that shows no sign of ending!
We offer more than 80 varieties of teas and infusions, grouped into six categories.