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The mission of Capital Teas is to educate people and inspire lives through the wonders of tea, one cup at a time.

Our Story

Capital Teas is a leading American tea retailer whose specialty teas and unique products are cherished throughout the United States and in select international locations. Today, thousands of people start and end their day with Capital Teas. With an ever-growing base of retail stores from outside New York City to Miami to Denver, and a strong web presence emanating from our headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland, Capital Teas executes its mission daily by educating people and inspiring lives through the wonders of tea, one cup at a time.


Capital Teas offers one of the most complete specialty tea collections available anywhere with over 200 premium, organic, and natural teas and infusions, including some of our own unique blends. Additionally, select offerings from Capital Teas are served at some of the finest restaurants throughout the United States’ East coast and beyond.


Our company first opened its doors in historic Annapolis, Maryland in 2007. Co-founder Peter Martino, our CEO, is a former U.S. nuclear submarine officer, an attorney, and a successful entrepreneur who sold his first company to a public company. Today, he is recognized as one of the nation’s leading tea experts and drives the company to new heights each year. Indeed, Capital Teas has become recognized as having the #1 specialty tea selection for consumers and was recently recognized as a member of the Inc. 5000 of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. His co-founder, Manelle Martino, serves as Vice Chairman of the company’s Board. The company enjoys a dedicated and active Board of Directors and professional investment partners to ensure continued growth to a location near you.


Each Capital Teas venue, from our first quaint store in an historic setting to today’s modern and much larger stores, has been designed to provide our customers with a multi-sensory tea experience. We encourage exploration, we reward curiosity, and we embrace innovation in each of our stores every day. We also invite our patrons to discover the magic, complexity, tastes, and aromas of our teas by offering free samples and maintaining a prominent sniffing wall in each store for customers to Stop and smell the teas®.