COVID-19 Response: A Letter to Our Tea Enthusiasts

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To our community of tea enthusiasts,

We wanted to thank you for your continued support as we cope with the COVID-19 crisis and the affect it has on our communities, our guests and our employees. We appreciate this so much as it has taken a significant toll on our small, family business.

The health and safety of our guests and employees are of utmost importance to us and are at the center of every decision we make.

With the rest of the world, we have made adjustments to the way we live and work as the situation unfolds. We are committed to making your favorite teas accessible and safe for you to enjoy, in whichever way you feel the most comfortable.

We are open from 2pm – 6pm with the following proactive steps taken for our collective well-being:

  • The number of regular cleaning and sanitation efforts throughout our stores and shipping centers have been increased; especially in high traffic areas.
  • Refills on tins, bags and teas-on-tap have been suspended until further notice. To-go beverages will still be available.
  • In-store samples and tea tins have been removed at this time.
  • We are closely following guidelines from national health organizations.

We Have Online and Pick-Up Options

Did you know that you can order from Fava Tea Company at anytime for home delivery using USPS or in-store pick up? We are committed to bringing you and your loved ones the best possible online shopping experience and we would love to extend 10% off all loose leaf tea online orders at this time (Use code: 10OFF).

We are encouraging guests to order their teas online for USPS delivery or in-store for pick up as events unfold. Please note we try our best to fill orders the same day for pick-up; however, orders for pick-up may take up to 48 hours to fulfill if we have to blend or have it transferred from another Fava Tea Company location. Don’t worry because we will notify our you when the orders are ready to pick up in-store.

We are an Essential Business During the COVID-19 Situation According to State Guidelines

Fava Tea Company, LLC fits within the definition(s) of EMERGENCY ORDER #12 by Governor Tony Evers effective March 25, 2020.  Fava Tea Company is licensed as a Retail Food Establishment, Food Processor, and abides by the general Restaurant and Food code of the Wisconsin Health Department.  The specific classification is as follows:


b. Stores that sell groceries and medicine. Grocery stores, bakeries, pharmacies, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks and food pantries, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of groceries, canned food, dry goods, frozen foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, poultry, prepared food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). Such establishments shall:

1. Close all seating intended for consuming food.

11. Cease any self-service operations of salad bars, beverage

stations, and buffets.

111. Except for grocery stores, prohibit customers from selfdispensing

all unpackaged food.

1v. Abide by Social Distancing Requirements.

FAVA TEA COMPANY, LLC is licensed as a FOOD RETAIL OPERATOR (under the same as grocery) that sells a bulk dry food product (tea and sugar) and canned/pre-packaged food (honey and candy) under the Wisconsin Food Code. We also sell non-alcoholic beverages as an additional function (tea and bottled Matcha).  It’s also further evidenced that tea is a major aisle category in larger grocery operations. This is a primary designation.


c. Food and beverage production, transport, and agriculture. Food and beverage manufacturing, production, processing, transportation, and cultivation; farming, livestock, fishing, baking, and other production agriculture, including cultivation, marketing, production, and distribution of animals and goods for consumption; businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals, including animal shelters, boarding, rescues, kennels, and adopting facilities; farm and agriculture equipment, supplies, and repair services.

FAVA TEA COMPANY, LLC is also an approved Food/Beverage processor.  This specific designation is covered under the blending, re-packaging, and distribution of loose leaf and powdered tea and ingredients. This is a primary designation.


d. Restaurants. Restaurants shall close, except as follows: 1. Restaurants may remain open for food take-out or delivery service only. 11. Alcohol sales must comply with section 13.e. below. 111. Customers may enter the above establishments only for the purpose of ordering, pick up, and paying for food or beverage or both. 1v. No seating may be provided. v. Food and drink may not be consumed on premises, either indoors or outdoors. v1. Establishments shall meet Social Distancing Requirements between all individuals on the premises to the extent possible. vu. Cease any self-service operations of salad bars, beverage stations, and buffets. vm. Customers are prohibited from self-dispensing any unpackaged food or beverage.

FAVA TEA COMPANY, LLC also abides by Restaurant policies as it comes to the Wisconsin Food Code.

Any employee of FAVA TEA COMPANY, LLC who is performing work on behalf of Fava Tea Company or traveling to/from a Fava Tea Company location may be out of their “Stay at Home or place of residence” as written in Emergency Order #12 issued by Governor Tony Evers.

We will continue to share updates with you as quickly and transparently as possible. Thank you for your continued trust and support of Fava Tea Company, we will take it one day at a time.

Take care of yourself and each other,

Bryan and Mellisa Stafford

Co-Owners & Business Leaders

Fava Tea Company, LLC

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