World of Tea is owned and operated by Tony Gebely. The idea was born during his travels throughout China in 2005, and developed as he backpacked Southeast Asia in 2008. Tony met many tea farmers and became immersed in tea culture throughout China, Malaysia, Cambodia, India, Nepal, and Thailand. During his travels, Tony realized that these cultures appreciated tea for what it really is, tea free of flavors and additives. Tony saw potential for such a tea culture in the United States. Not a culture built on the hysteria of market buzzwords, but an accessible culture built on authentic tea and tea preparation. Since 2008 Tony has been spreading the joy of tea and tea culture in Chicago Illinois and is Chicago’s foremost tea expert.