Passion. Love. Tradition. These qualities serve as the foundation on which we’ve built our beloved beverage company. With the recipe being passed down through generations of the Byron/Ellis family, we are happy to place our delicious tea in your hands.
Nailah’s great-grandfather, Cyril Byron, was the originator of Ellis Island Tea. As Head Chef of Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Line fleet, he took his skills in the kitchen and turned them into his entrepreneurial dream, opening Byron Caterers, one of the largest Black family-owned catering companies in the Bronx.
Before Cyril passed, his instructions were for the recipe “to be sold and not told.” With that promise in mind, it thrills us to bring this rich and tasty history to your palate.