welcome to
bird of paradise tea
an online extension of our tea room and store
our story


Bird of Paradise Tea was started in May of 2006 by husband-and-wife team Maya Madden and Wayne Farra. Jewelers by trade, our love affair with tea began when a friend invited us to attend the International Tea Expo. As we cruised the aisles, tasting wonderful teas from all over the world, we began to assemble a collection of teas to offer at our Spring Green, WI, jewelry and gift shop.

Bird of Paradise was chosen as the name for the new enterprise because the first two leaves and bud of the tea bush (most valued) resembled the Bird of Paradise flower.

We attend many classes to help us gain the information our customers need. Many of our customers are new to tea drinking and we enjoy educating our patrons on brewing methods, origins of teas, and how to choose a tea. We carefully choose the finest quality and most requested teas for our patrons. Our shop features a daily tea sampling, and all teas are stored in stainless steel, airtight containers to maintain the freshest tea available.

In the fall of 2007, Bird of Paradise went online. It is our desire to make Bird of Paradise Tea available to a wider audience. 

Comments and questions are welcomed – we enjoy “talking tea” with novices and connoisseurs alike.