Malabar Trading Company




Signature chai spice blends, premium single estate teas, classic European blends, special manufacture (bespoke) tea, tisanes (herbal blend), tea wares, gift baskets; artisan preserves; signature orange, almond, and rum honey cremes; fresh lemon curd, and chutneys available seasonally; baked goods include scones, crumpets, almond tea cakes, French tea cakes. Tea classes and education are available.


Malabar Trading Company
Annaliese Keller
223 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

History and Philosophy

Malabar Trading Company, a boutique tea company, sells premium single estate teas, hand-blended classic European black tea blends, signature chai spice blends, green, white, oolong and herbal teas. Teas are hand-selected from the world’s finest tea gardens and estates, crafted by consummate tea artisans. Annaliese is passionate about providing her customers with the highest quality teas and offers an excellent selection that appeals to novices as well as sophisticated tea connoisseurs.

Annaliese and her husband Michael are dedicated to educating their customers about the fascinating world of tea from appreciating the nuances in critical appraising and tasting of fine teas to enjoying the exhilarating harmony of flavors of this beguiling “drinkable art” to the fullest.

When time permits, Annaliese (a former pastry chef) bakes scones, crumpets, tea cakes and other “civilized tea nibbles” for her customers to enjoy with their tea. “I want my customers to be able to pick up a favorite tea, a pot of jam, fresh lemon curd or honey creme, and an assortment of baked goods at the farmers market to take home for an “instant afternoon tea party” with a friend or two. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy company without having to do more than boil water for tea!”

In addition to purchasing tea at their booth at the farmers market, tea products can be purchased via mail order. Download a catalog from their website at and email or call 831.469.8233 with your order. Orders are shipped daily. They accept PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard.

Professional Memberships:
International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP)
Specialty Tea Institute (STI)
Bakers Dozen San Francisco
Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets


Related Features

Malabar Trading Company is well-known for their hand-blended chai spice blends. Their Kashmiri Chai blend was a winner at the prestigious North American Tea Championship in 2011 and received national recognition. Currently they offer Traditional Malabar Chai, a spicy blend based on ginger and cardamom; Kashmiri Chai, a cardamom based chai; and an herbal version, Cape Town Chai, which contains traditional chai spices and rooibos. 

Download current catalog and call 831.469.8233 to place an order.