What started as a pop-up iced tea stand quickly evolved into a quintessential brand set to open its first flagship location in the coming months. The brainchild of San Diego native Amy Truong, Paru Tea Bar started by offering cold-brew iced teas before Truong’s blends gained a cultlike following and her entrepreneurial lightbulb went off. “It just clicked,” she says of her idea to offer the loose leaf artisanal tea blends on-site and online. From herbal tea classics like Blue Chamomile to unique blends like the Palo Santo tea (made from actual wood shavings of a palo santo stick), Truong shows no signs of slowing down, especially with the debut of the limited edition Fleur tea this month. Inspired by her mother, the new blend came just in time for a recent Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Party and Floral Arrangement—a fab collab with Tam Ashworth, founder of Isari Flower Studio.
Photography by: Paru Tea Bar