Founded by Briana Thornton in 2017, Aesthete Tea & Collective is conscious of its impact socially and environmentally.


Aesthete Tea is a QPOC owned loose leaf tea brand, based in Portland, Oregon [3530 SW Multnomah Blvd, Portland Ore.], specializing in farm direct, organic teas & herbal blends. Unique to Aesthete, the brand’s proprietary tea blends are created by Aesthete’s Master Blender, Maggie Cassidy, who also happens to be Founder Briana Thornton’s mother. Aesthete maintains a strong mission to know their farmers and source from beautiful farms around the world that share the same values in quality, health and positivity. 

Aesthete Tea's mission is to bring the ancient respect and knowledge of tea & herbs to the current world, through a minimalist brand that represents the modern human.

Our herbs are primarily from local Oregon farms.
Our teas are farm direct from small family farms. Our teas are from Old Growth (250+ years old) and Ancient Growth (500+ years old) trees.

Visit our Tea Profile page for more information on these.


Founders/Principal Blenders


Briana Thornton



Maggie Cassidy

Principal Blender/Herbalist

Briana Thornton was born and raised on the East Coast. Her mother, Aesthete Tea’s Tea Blender raised her outdoors and with all things art and nature. With her diverse background of multiple cultures rooted in spiritualism and herbalism, she was drawn to teas and the healing qualities of nature. She moved to New York City at 18 years old to attend the School of Visual Arts. Following her undergraduate degree she continued her education at NYU and worked as a Curator and Director of prominent Contemporary Art Galleries throughout New York City. She moved to Portland, Oregon in 2015 and created Aesthete Tea in 2017 in an effort to blend her interests and passions: art, nature and beauty. The Aesthete Tea house opened a year later which continues its operation in SW Portland.

Briana is a proud member of the LGBTQ2 community and a promotes an inclusive outlook through her brand.


Associates & Staff

Jono Melamed

Kris LeBouf

Open Positions

We have no open positions at this time.


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