Due to confidentiality agreements, the company acquiring J-TEA cannot be named. The change of ownership will take place on May 1, 2014. We can tell you that this company, though based overseas, does plan on continuing with J-TEA's current mission statement of “dousing the nation with tea.”
When reached for comment, company spokesman said that several factors stood out to the investors of the company taking acquisition: “Our company’s majority share holders were very impressed with J-
Tea's general quality of tea. They loved that even their lower priced teas were so much better than the high priced teas sold elsewhere. The fact that J-Tea packages all of its tea with a vacuum sealer that allows for the least amount of oxygen possible to come in contact with the tea, this shows that J-Tea cares about preserving and maintaining a high level of quality.”
Another investor personally visited J-Tea to do some investigative research and was impressed by the personable and knowledgeable customer service. It’s rumored that the company president will be taking personal possession of J-Tea's aged oolong collection as well as J-Tea's Da Yu Ling Spring 2012. He is particular about the tea saying that brewing this tea with the yi xing teapot brings him the richest sense of harmony he has ever experienced.
Josh has been asked to stay on as a contributing writer to J-Tea's blog, The Oolong Tea Times. He likes writing for the blog and plans to continue making weekly contributions. The new company will not be able to directly acquire J-Tea's tea connections as these are relationships that have been cultivated over time, and are not directly transferable. So with regard to the future quality of tea, we can only wish you the best of luck. Josh plans on moving to Hawaii, the 50th state, where he will pursue his dream of becoming “the tea whisperer to the stars.”