Malabar Trading Company




Chai spice blends, premium single estate teas, classic European blends, and tisanes (herbal blends), artisan preserves; signature orange, almond, and rum honey crème spreads; fresh lemon curd, and chutneys available seasonally; baked goods include sweet and savory scones, crumpets, muffins, coffee cakes, Italian almond tea cake, and French pastries. Tea classes are available.

Pomegranate Jelly
Ginger Lemon Jelly
Meyer Lemon Jelly
Vanilla Pear Preserves
Strawberry with Balsamic Vinegar and Tellicherry Pepper Preserves
Olallieberry Preserves
Spiced Carrot and Pear Preserves
Spiced Peach Preserves

Cabernet Sauvignon with Herbes de Provence
Zinfandel with Rosemary
Classic Port with Toasted Walnuts

Apricot Chipotle Roasting and Finishing Glaze
Cranberry Pistachio Chutney (seasonal)

Orange Honey Crème
Rum Honey Crème
Almond Honey Crème

Fig Cognac Mustard
Apple Caraway Mustard
Spicy Brown Mustard
Lemon Dill Mustard
Orange Tarragon Mustard




Malabar Trading Company
Annaliese Keller
223 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-239-2045 (Annaliese)
831-332-5753 (Michael)
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History and Philosophy

Malabar Trading Company, a boutique tea company based in the Monterey Bay area since 1994, sells premium estate-sourced loose-leaf teas, signature classic European blends, tisanes, and award-winning chai products.

Annaliese is passionate about providing her customers with the highest quality teas and offers a broad selection that appeals to novices as well as sophisticated tea connoisseurs. Annaliese and her husband Michael enjoy 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, muffins, crumpets, tea cakes, and other pastries for her customers to enjoy. “Our market customers can pick up a selection of their favorite teas, a pot of jam, fresh lemon curd, or honey crème, and an assortment of baked goods at the farmers markets 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 much more than set the table and boil water for the tea.”

In addition to purchasing tea at their booth at the farmers markets, products can be purchased via mail order. Download a catalog from their website at and feel free to email or call 831.239-2045 if you have any questions. 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 renowned 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 of ginger and cardamom; Kashmiri Chai, a cardamom based chai; and an herbal Cape Town Chai with traditional masala spices and caffeine-free vanilla rooibos. Spicy Chocolate Chai is the newest addition to their line — it’s an exquisite blend of cacao nibs, masala spices and rooibos.