Our Story

Beit e'Shai

Our Story

Beit e’Shai means “House of Tea” in Arabic.

Beit e’Shai is a social enterprise with an online apothecary featuring handcrafted tea blends, made from organic herbs and spices from our SWANA (South-West Asian and North African) homelands. We are also a pop-up teahouse and event space where friends and family gather to celebrate and share the beauty of our origins through herbalism workshops, tea ceremonies, tea parties, as well as music and poetry nights.

For Beit e’Shai, tea is the medium through which we can touch where we come from, as well as tend to where we are now. It is around the ritual of tea drinking that we share our stories, connect to our culture, and create relationships with people, and places.  

We are all about collaboration, creativity and community. Our doors are wide open for everyone to come together and tell their story over a cup of shai - in the remembrance, joy and expression of home.

Because tea is how we carry home with us.

A home where conversations are rich with expressive hand gestures and full of deep belly laughs. Where the living room is bare feet dancing to darbuka.  And in the kitchen, you are always offered food (just one more!). It’s the kind of home where aromas of sweet cinnamon and smoke from burning oud hang in the air. And where you warm your heart and hands around an endless hot cup of tea.

Beit e'Shai acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we are based, Narrm (Melbourne); the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and neighbouring Boonwurrung Peoples of the Kulin Nation. We are forever grateful to their warm welcome and allowing us a home on this beautiful Country. Our solidarity and respect to their Elders, past, present and their descendants. Sovereignty never ceded.