About Us

Daoist lifestyle tea and BYOtea are the names that hold the essence of what this service aims to provide. Daoist lifestyle is a window into the world of Daoist health, virtue and living a balanced life. Health, because drinking the right teas is good for the qi, and can harmonize someone with the seasons and the rise and fall of yin and yang throughout the day. Virtue because similar to the Confucian ideal, refinement of consciousness and thus virtuous living can be learned, practiced, reinforced and displayed through art, culture and contemplative practices such as music, calligraphy, poetry, cooking, gardening, and of course, tea.

The BYOtea element was coined when Michael brought his own tea to Berlin, and his friend Robert was surprised. Since then the name has had numerous humorous moments. At the same it captures the Daoist lifestyle of going into nature and bringing along your tea as companion to sitting leisurely, floating down the river, stroking the clouds, entering the mountains, or any number of other activities. Finally it is a practical modern lifestyle encouragement to have good tea on hand, which can bring elegance (and cost-effectiveness) to daily life. 

The company was created by Michael Busby with the encouragement from his Daoist teacher, and is also a constant collaboration with many good tea friends along the way.