Who we Are

New York Tea Society is an non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to facilitate gatherings of tea enthusiast in order assist in the growth of the tea community. 


Anyone who has been bitten by the ‘tea bug’ can attest to the fact that the more they learn about tea, the more there is to learn about tea.  Each answered question opens up many more unanswered questions.   


New York Tea Society's membership consist of tea enthusiasts who are on the never ending quest to learn about tea, teawares and tea culture. We gather together to taste and discuss green, white, oolong, black and puer teas from China, Taiwan, Japan and India. We visit tea houses, tea events, road trips and have tea socials at each other's homes. 


Whether you are very new to the tea world or have been learning about tea for many years, if you enjoy tea in any way, and spend some time in New York City, then New York Tea Society welcomes you. 


New York Tea Society is also working on getting group discounts from tea relate business’s for our members.  If you own a business and would like to create a special offer for New York Tea Society members, please Contact me.


The only requirement for membership in New York Tea Society is a genuine passion for all things tea. 

We hope to meet you soon.


Roy Lamberty






I am the proud founder of New York Tea Society.  Tea has become an unexplainable obsession in my life which I have ceased to try to explain long ago.  I have been a successfully employed chef since 1989.  As a chef, flavors, texturesand aromas have become 2nd nature to me.  Cooking and tea came together for me in 1997 when I became the apprentice of a chef who enjoyed using tea as an ingredient in his recipes.  Admittedly, at the time, it was more more tisanes and herbal teas such as chamomile, earl grey, mint tea, and jasmine tea, which were more common on the market, however, it did begin to open up my world of tea knowledge.  I was soon exploring on my own and discovering other green, red and oolong teas. 


It wasn't until around 2010 that I was introduced to puer tea by a friend, and my world would never be the same.  My taste of a 35 year old puer led to a trip to China, where I discovered other teas such as, longjing tea, da hong pao, sheng and shou puer, and most importantly, I discovered gongfu cha! I spent my time there in tea circles enjoying the wonderful world of gongfu cha. 


Upon my return to New York City, I quickly realized that it would not be easy to find others to share tea, teaware and tea stories with.  I decided to open a Meetup group, expecting to find maybe 12 or so members to geek out over tea with.  To my surprise, I quickly found myself surrounded by the wonderful NYC tea community and am now introducing myself to you!  I hope to meet you very soon and share tea together.  

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