Teasme South City
Teasme founder Shih-Yen Chen grew up in a family already in love with the rich history and culture of tea. In 1992, after immigrating to Christchurch, the allure of tea was not tarnished for Shih-Yen. He dreamed of carrying the family love forward with his own teashop in New Zealand, serving the same high quality teas and beverages that his family had cultivated.
In October 2006, this dream became a reality. Shih-Yen began to plan, design, and finally build the first Teasme Specialty Tea shop. The shop, located in Church Corner Mall, is snuggled into one of Christchurch’s most cultured shopping complexes. Dreams, like children, tend to grow, and a second Teasme shop was born in October of 2009 in High Street City mall next to the Cathedral Square. Unfortunately, an earthquake had other ideas, and damaged the second shop beyond repair. The original Teasme shop, however, has flourished in Church Corner, where earthquakes have kindly left it alone to grow and continue to serve high quality leaf teas and bubble teas.