ExtraSpecialTeas is a vibrant eclectic, community-inspired teahouse in the Berkshires of Massachusetts with a unique and inspiring mission:
We bring People + ExtraSpecialNeeds People together over tea to experience purpose, possibility and gratitude!
ExtraSpecialTeas is a visionary non-profit teahouse. We employ young adults with intellectual and developmental differences who have aged out of school and who are otherwise not employable. We offer a therapeutic vocational day program so that each participant can learn, grow and work in the way that best meets his or her needs. Our teahouse is a safe haven for others with special needs & their families.
ExtraSpecialTeas visitors explore, sample and enjoy our more than 50 teas from all over the world within our charming, colorful and convenient Downtown Great Barrington location. Whether you’re a traditional ‘hot pot of tea’ afficionado, an avid iced tea fan or bubble tea fanatic, we have the tea that will become your absolute favorite.
We also bake our own delicious, all natural, gluten free, vegan and Paleo-friendly treats, including signature shortbreads and ExtraSpecialPower Bars featuring an assorted variety of unique teas baked right in. The teahouse is filled with quirky and unique gifts – ranging from participant made tea infused ‘EST Bath Brews,’ soaps and candles to funky bags and practical tea travel mugs.
We believe that the Future Belongs to Everyone Belonging and we invite you to become part of that future happening now at 2 Elm Street! Go to our ABOUT page to learn about volunteer opportunities or about participating in our day program.