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 and health claims, but an accessible culture built on authentic tea and tea preparation. Since 2008 he has been spreading the joy of tea and tea culture with nearly everyone he meets. Tony owned and operated Chicago Tea Garden from 2009 to 2012 and moved from Chicago to the Bay Area in 2014 where he now helps David Lee Hoffman run The Phoenix Collection.