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About us

john and lynn

We, Lynn and John, are pictured here in March 2013 tasting Baozhong Oolong in the shop of an award-winning tea farmer in Pingling in the Wenshan mountains just outside of Taipei, Taiwan.


Our customers often ask how we got into the tea business. We describe our journey through the world of tea that began with the common tea bag, quickly migrating to high end “gourmet” tea bags. Then we discovered full leaf tea. We quickly moved away from mass-produced commercial tea. It was a trip to tea-producing regions of China where we discovered organic artisan crafted tea on the small tea farms we visited. 

It was on such a trip when we decided to bring this wonderful tea to our community of Bar Harbor, Maine. Tea House 278 quietly opened in late August of 2012. Now we also sell the same teas online that we serve in our tea house.


The world of fine tea has been likened that of fine wine only much more complex. You will discover taste buds you never knew you had. If you are a seasoned tea-drinker, we hope you will find some of your favorites or perhaps explore some of our recently developed varieties of tea. Where possible, our tea is sourced from small organic tea farms that have been operated by the same families for generations. Our tea is hand-picked and processed using centuries-old methods. Please be aware that from 2 oz. of our fine tea you will enjoy up to twenty five batches of tea, each with 5-10 available steepings at 2-3 teacup servings each.