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Kusmi is a Parisian firm which produces Russian-style teas and blends. Founded by Pavel Kousmichoff in 1867 in St. Petersburg, Kusmi Tea soon becomes the favorite tea of the Tsars. The company grew to be one of the largest Russian tea companies, with more than 50 teahouses in major cities.
In the wake of the Russian Revolution, in 1917 the Kousmichoff family flee Russia and set up shop on Avenue Niel in Paris. The family business prospered, with boutiques springing up in the world's most prestigious cities from New York to Berlin.
DID YOU KNOW?
Tea has been a national beverage for centuries in Russia. Tea merchants there had blended and flavoured of teas from other countries so perfectly that these blends became known as Russian teas.
Russian tea was excellent quality because it was imported overland from India and China – rather than by sea - and was saved from the damages caused by the damp environment.
Russian tea traditions use a type of urn called a samovar, a heated metal container used to heat and boil water, which could hold and heat a teapot filled with tea. Drinking tea prepared with a samovar was often a communal experience.