The Nigiro and Origin Story
The trinity of Tea
From the very beginning of Origin, our vision was to take coffee & tea in South Africa to the level of the best in the world. Even with our over 80 teas, we just didn’t have the time needed to devote to our teas until Mingwei Tsai joined us. Nigiro’s team master is a, passionate devotee to all things tea, who has prioritized sharing with all his love for tea (over his PhD in civil engineering). Over many years of extraordinary effort, Mingwei has been a key driver of driving the quality and range of tea served in our country. He is also passionate about sharing his knowledge of tea with tea lovers and food & beverage professionals alike.
Origin and Nigiro were one business in the early days, but we have since split into sister companies. Both sisters share the same underlying values of authenticity, quality, knowledge and expertise.
Nigiro Tea offers an extraordinary range of over 150 fine leaf teas – from black to green, white and oolong teas, herbal and fruit infusions. They also have a wonderful selection of teaware. Nigiro also supplies tea and staff training to extraordinary establishments across South Africa, including Mingwei’s wife Lisa’s O’ways Teacafe in Claremont,Origin’s own cafes, the Mount Nelson Hotel, the One & Only Hotel, Waterkloof, the Silos Hotel, the Twelve Apostles Hotel, La Colombe and many others.
Nigiro’s teas are available for purchase on their web site, with a limited selection available in our cafes.
…and in case you didn’t notice, Nigiro is Origin reversed. Tea and coffee. Two sides of a beautiful story..