Bill and Judy Larkin founded The Larkin Tea Co.
Initially the main focus was on educational programs but over the years the sale of high-quality loose leaf teas has become an important aspect of the business.
Passionate about tea, both Bill and Judy are certified tea specialists. Their teas are sourced from all over the globe and Judy has travelled extensively visiting tea estates worldwide to inspect the entire production process.
“We buy in small quantities to ensure the tea you purchase is as fresh as possible and hasn’t been sitting on the shelf for months. It is for that same reason we don’t carry a huge selection of teas.”
The Larkin’s are committed to selling the freshest and highest quality teas at a reasonable price. Even the simple package was designed to keep prices down.
“We want the customer to be spending their money on the tea and not on the fancy packaging.”
The Larkin Tea Company is dedicated to introducing people to tea and continuing to discover new varieties to share with their clients.
A native of Syracuse, New York, Bill is an Army veteran who served in Germany and France where he was attached to the US Embassy in Paris. After his military service, he was an IT Management Consultant for many years before becoming full time with The Larkin Tea Company where he continues to put his computer knowledge to good use.
He became a certified tea specialist with the Tea Association of the USA and likes to use his expertise in guiding customers to trying new teas. (Bill's favorite tea is Ti Kuan Yin which is a Chinese oolong).
In addition to his many responsibilities with the company, he is behind the company's line "Tea in the Garden" which he creates from vintage china into whimsical birdhouses and feeders.