About us

Our company


Company founded in  2003

The story of Jean-Benoit Bourrel and his team began in 2003 in the Cha Yuan network, created in Lyon (France) by Nadia Bécaud. Very soon, the number of the St Jacques street in Lille becomes the place to be for the tea lovers of the city. In 2004, Jean-Benoit hires about twenty students, particularly from the famous EDHEC school, to run the Chinese tea pavilion located on the front of the Opera during the whole of Lille 2004, a year long festival corresponding to the nomination of Lille as the annual Cultural Capital of Europe. The regional and international audience will long remember this Pavilion offered by the city of Shanghai as one of the most striking memories of Lille 2004 European Capital of Culture. In 2009, Jean-Benoit and his team start a new adventure by locating another tea house in Brussels in Belgium, near the famous Châtelain, at the number 97 of the Bailli street. In 2010, the sale of Cha Yuan encourages Jean-Benoit and his team to launch their own brand and trademark in France: that is how Unami was born in July 2011! The large range of products is expanding, and the offer of organic and fair trade products is growing with about forty references, in all families of teas. Premium teas of guaranted origin, particularly from China and Japan, are also more numerous, and are presented on the website by terroirs.

In 2012, to meet the strong demand, Unami launches the online store www.unami-store.com.

Our specialties

Unami is dedicated to teas of origin : China, Japan, Taiwan, India… Our three specialists travel every year to select the best teas of representative terroirs of China and Japan. Our tea room is opened from Mondays to Saturdays, from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M.. You can taste our teas, but also eat various menus of steamed savouries or delicious tea flavoured pastries. You can also enter tasting sessions to discover the various tea families or to compare teas and terroirs, and participate in traditional tea ceremonies.

A selection of Unami’s teas is available in the Cha Yuan Traditional Tea House in Brussels : rue du Bailli, 97, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium. Opened from Mondays to Saturdays, from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. Telephone : 0032 (0)2 325.95.12.


The company

Sarl Thé'O
Created on the 11th of july 2003 with a social capital of 138.000€
SIREN: 449.257.492 RCS Lille TVA Intra : 71 449 257 492
Address : 8 rue St Jacques BP 332 59026 Lille Cedex, France
Telephone: +33 (0)3 28 52 43 70

Website: www.unami-store.com 


Twitter @UnamiThe

Opening hours: from Mondays to Saturdays, from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M.

Managing director: Jean-Benoît Bourrel