We believe ingredients matter
Most of our teas are organic and all are made with premium ingredients. All our baked goods are gluten free!
What IS ExtraSpecialTeas?
We’re a vibrant, eclectic tea house in the beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts exploring new possibilities to experience tea...and we want to share all we discover with the world!
We want to infuse communities across the country with a new kind of connection by bringing people together over tea through the extra special perspective of those with intellectual and developmental challenges. Come be a part of our exciting social franchising enterprise!
Who creates & packages your items?
Our employees come from all walks of life, ranging in age from 17 and up, who will or already have aged out of school. For most with extra special needs, there are few, if any, any local opportunities to engage with or serve their community in some way. ExtraSpecialTeas provides them with a life and professional-skills learning environment as well as pays them at least minimum wage.
NOW OPEN: EST HOUSATONIC
Come visit us in our new location in Housatonic, MA. Our new location opens up opportunities for employees to blend our own teas in a new tea lab and learn new food and restaurant skills in our new commercial kitchen. We've also got a fantastic new outdoor community seating area!
Come enjoy something delicious for breakfast or lunch or bring a friend and indulge in afternoon tea for two! Click here to explore Housatonic's menus or click here for hours & location information. We can't wait to see you!
Take a ride with us ‘In the Bubble’
“Our son Dan’s life has been changed through his opportunity to be part of ExtraSpecialTeas - a place of light, learning, and belonging to a larger family. ExtraSpecialTeas has given Dan a purpose in life, a group of friends, and the chance to be a productive member of the community. Dan’s world as a young adult with Down syndrome living at home was becoming isolated and he was gradually losing interest in life. It is hard to find a way to fit into a fast busy world with high expectations, especially for young adults looking for a job. Now Dan is able to share his strengths with the EST group, with schools, area artists, and other families. Dan has grown into a proud and independent young man, with an active role in our Berkshire community.”
“It is a magical place! It is awesome!”
“I especially like the community here. We are all together. I have a bigger life now. I love it here and I have learned a lot. I run the register, help customers, and make bubble tea. Now I like meeting new people.”
Patrick thinks a lot about his future and finds meaning in his everyday life. “I have more confidence now and that is a really big thing for me. I don’t feel so nervous, and I can meet people and make friends. I get a nice feeling in the morning when I know I am coming here to work with my friends.”
You feel something special the moment you walk through the door at EST. It's easy to see the passion each employee has for their job and how much they love being at EST. Their joy shines throughout the whole teahouse and is contagious. It's like walking into a warm hug.
Whenever I go to EST, my mug is filled with the best tea around! A tea latte and nutty almond cream shortbread cookie are my go-to's. Between the incredible participants, the amazing tea and the delicious homemade treats, EST is truly a special place.