about us


about us

why organic

where to find us around town



a little about us

Modern Steep is an independently owned and operated business based in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We're on a mission to share our love of healthful tea to a new generation of tea drinkers - with a contemporary feel.

We proudly source everything from single-origin, pure leaf teas to numerous custom blended teas and tisanes. Ultimately, we consider ourselves to be a down-to-earth, no-pinkies-up kind of tea company focused on quality, creativity, and always on the lookout for new ways to share and enjoy tea. 

Modern Steep owners, Christopher Glenn & Rich Irish, strive to source the best teas available while offering personalized and attentive customer service. Christopher grew up with a mother who started most every day with a cup of hot tea. Later discovering a world beyond the traditional tea bag, Christopher began seeking out loose leaf specialty teas while in college. For years as an administrator in higher education, there was always a drawer in his desk dedicated to tea. Then, after tasting his first cup of pure, organic Japanese sencha, he knew that he wanted to work in tea. In addition to running the day to day operations of the business, Christopher is honored to serve on the Advisory Board of the World Tea Expo - the leading tradeshow and education conference focused 100% on premium teas and related products. He has also served on the Steering Committee of the 2017 Northwest Tea Festival

In both Rich and Christopher's personal and professional lives, there is a strong commitment to partnering with and sourcing from businesses and individuals who respect and protect the environment. We are proud to source most all of our pure leaf teas directly from the tea makers. For our many custom blended teas, we enjoy long-standing, personal relationships with our suppliers whose missions align well with our own when it comes to integrity in sourcing - focusing on those having healthy, organic and sustainable practices. 

The company went to a "mostly" online platform in mid-2017 while operations were relocated to the beautiful Umpqua Valley wine region in Oregon. Modern Steep exhibits annually in the award-winning Northwest Tea Festival, TeaFest PDX and other events around the Pacific Northwest. And, as of Fall 2018, our teas can be enjoyed at the Umpqua Valley Farmer's Market

Whether you experience our teas at dozens of cafes, restaurants and grocers, or shop with us online, we sincerely hope you enjoy our wide variety of organic, pure leaf and custom blended teas as much as we love them ourselves. 

why organic?

Tea is a wonderful, healthful part of our daily routine. Why spoil such a good thing with harsh chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers?  It is integral to our mission to source from growers who choose to grow amazing, world class teas using all-natural and organic methods. Not only do we feel better about consuming these teas, we believe that the benefits extend all the way back to the tea farmers and their families who can live and work in an environment free from these harmful chemicals. We live better; they live better. It's a win-win situation that we feel strongly about and hope that you do, too. 


our wholesale partners

At Modern Steep we strive to be an active part of the community we serve. We proudly support various not-for-profit community-based groups on a regular basis. Furthermore, we enjoy engaging with and promoting other local businesses every chance we get. We are humbled by the wide range of local businesses that support us at Modern Steep and we encourage you to patronize these fine establishments situated around the Pacific Northwest. You can find many of our teas at the following locations:

Ada's Technical Books (Seattle) Brewed Teas

Bottlehouse Tasting Bar (Seattle) Brewed Teas

Cafe Flora Vegetarian Restaurant (Seattle) Brewed Teas

Coastal Kitchen fish house and oyster bar (Seattle) Brewed Teas

Cortona Cafe (Seattle) Brewed Teas

The Hangar Cafe (Seattle) Brewed Teas

Hank and Sylvies (Ketchum, ID) Brewed Teas

Juicebox Cafe (Seattle) Brewed Teas

Konvene at Atlas Workbase (Seattle)  Brewed Teas

Mr. West Cafe Bar (Seattle)  Brewed Teas, Matcha Lattes, etc.

New Seasons Market (Mercer Island) (Seattle) Brewed Teas, Matcha, Retail Tins

New Seasons Market (Ballard) (Seattle) Retail Tins

Plum Bistro (Vegan Restaurant) (Seattle) Brewed Teas

Rachel’s Ginger Beer (Seattle) RGB Ginger Beer Assorted Flavors

Rustica Cafe & Wine Bar  (Oak Harbor, WA) Brewed Teas

Seatown Seabar and Rotisserie (Seattle) Brewed Teas

Super Six Restaurant Columbia City (Seattle)  Brewed Teas

Tallulah’s Restaurant (Seattle)  Brewed Teas

Trinity Market (University District) (Seattle) Brewed Teas

Umpqua Wine Cellar (Roseburg, OR) Assorted Loose-Leaf Packages and Retail Tins

Volunteer Park Cafe (Seattle) Brewed Teas

Willowtree Market (Bainbridge Island, WA) Assorted Bulk Teas


Wholesale Program

Should you be interested in offering Modern Steep teas at your place of business (cafe, grocery store, brewery, coffee shop, etc.), please send us a note via our Contact Us page or send an email to tea@modernsteep.com.  Either way, we look forward to learning how we might work to further our love of tea with your organization. (Note that our wholesale program is currently available only to businesses located within Idaho, Oregon & Washington.)

And finally, the small print:

Information on this website is listed for educational purposes only. Information and statements about these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider. The theories and formulas presented in this information are opinions expressed by Remedy Teas, and as such are not intended to be used to diagnose, prescribe, or administer in any manner to any physical ailments. Products by Modern Steep may contain structure or function claims that have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. In any matters related to your health, please contact a qualified healthcare practitioner. Note that unless otherwise noted, all teas are vegan and gluten free. Our facility processes known allergens such as, but not limited to, coconut, nuts, cornflowers, cacao (chocolate) and thus cross-contamination might occur.