Solaris Botanicals spreads their passion for tea to the world
At Solaris, we are a family business established by husband and wife: Joerg and Karin Mueller, two qualified Medical Herbalists (BScHons). Based in Galway by the rugged shoreline of Irelands West coast, Solaris specialises in the blending and preparation of International Award winning Whole-Leaf Organic Teas.
In our early twenties, during our herbal medicine degree, that we dreamt up, and blended our first perfect cup of herbal tea. The local coffee shop tried and tested our creations and these original virgin blends soon outsold their coffee offerings.
Similarly our tea-sampling evenings became a regular fix with friends. One evening, after relishing in thirty varieties of Organic Jasmine tea from small hand picked tea plantations, conversation took on a new level of poetry and a dream was born. We decided to share our passion with the world.
Our dream became reality in 2003 when our business was established. Our goal was to provide customers with delicious tasting and health promoting organic herbal teas, free from artificial flavourings and other additives.
From its humble beginnings, hand blending small batches of herbal teas in our converted attic, our range expanded to meet customer demand. It grew to include a select range of high grade Organic Green Teas, White Tea's, and Oolong (Wu-Long).
We started out delivering to small independent health stores and coffee shops. With limited resources at the time, each delivery was an experience in itself. A vivid memory is Joerg standing at the roadside waiting for the no 33 bus, expertly maneuvering an over sized trolley containing our first tea deliveries.
Capacity issues required similar flexibility. Once our sitting-room reached full capacity with ceiling-high stacks of herbs and spices, we decided enough is enough and took the leap to move into our current warehouse and blending rooms in 2005.
It was around then that we decided to pitch ourselves against the greater world of speciality tea. Over the next 3 years we were the proud recipients of 13 Great Taste Awards, secured the Best Irish Organic Grocery Award twice and won the Eurotoque 2010 awards for an outstanding contribution to Irish cuisine.
On the business side of things our innovative spirit was rewarded by becoming semi finalists in the world wide young entrepreneurs award.
As the business grew so did our highly skilled and motivated team which has matured over the years providing the corner stones for our company.
This Europe-wide external validation allowed us the unique opportunity to expand internationally. We are currently exporting to high end delis, restaurants, hotels and spas throughout the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Slovenia, Finland and Saudi Arabia.
By listening carefully to our varying customer needs we realised that our unique talent lies in providing tailor-made tea, customising blends for our customers, and having our own in-house master tea blender: Joerg Mueller. Our passionate drive to create exceptional new blends and products enables our customers to differentiate their business in a constantly changing market.
After years of travelling and sourcing the finest, organic, raw ingredients for our teas, our daily inspiration and motivation remains the same: sharing our love for the freshest, crispest cup of tea – pure from leaf to cup.