About Mela Teas
Mela Teas is an online boutique tea retailer, based in California, offering unique single-origin tea, ranging from black, green, flowery, herbal, and spiced. Direct from the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, our Ceylon tea is harvested from a plantation in Southern Sri Lanka, adjacent to the Indian Ocean. Unlike high-grown teas, which thrive in cool mountainous regions, our low-grown teas, carry a rare quality, marked by the warm salted air of the sea.
We at Mela Teas believe in the power of tea – a universal drink that transcends geographical, cultural, and socioeconomic borders. Enjoyed by those from all walks of life, we believe tea is not only an experience of the palate, but also, one that contributes to overall health – body, mind, and soul.
We are pleased to offer you our carefully chosen selection of tea and invite you to join our tea story and make it your own!
Ashantha Rubera, CEO
Since childhood, Ashantha Rubera has dreamt of launching his own tea line. Born and raised in Sri Lanka, Rubera always believed his motherland’s best offering was her tea. With a background in marketing and extensive experience in the hospitality and service industry during his tenure with Qatar Airlines, Rubera was privy to the art of selecting, tasting, and serving the world’s best wines. Now he dares to apply the intricacies of wines to his teas, with a vision to reveal the true taste, quality, and terroir of Ceylon tea. Having traveled to over 40 nations, Rubera has sampled tea from all around the world and has chosen only the finest collection offered at Mela Teas. Rubera is currently a tea sommelier candidate and has begun partnering with local cafes and restaurants in the Los Angeles area to debut his teas.