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Murchie's Through the Years

  • Balmoral Castle, Scotland

    Young John Murchie begins his tea career in Scotland delivering tea to Queen Victoria while she is in residence at Balmoral Castle.

  • At the age of 23, John emigrates from Scotland to Canada. He and his wife Sarah settle in the city of Bathurst, New Brunswick.

  • John, Sarah, and their three children move to Vancouver, British Columbia.Over the next several years the couple welcome seven more children!

  • 1894 Select Orange Pekoe Tea

    John Murchie begins delivering quality teas to discriminating customers in and around New Westminster, BC. Two of John's oldest blends, still available today, are 1894 Select Orange Pekoe and Queen Victoria.

  • John Murchie's first store in New Westminster

    John Murchie opens storefronts in Vancouver and New Westminster, operating as the Orient Tea Co. At the time, New Westminster was a burgeoning port city and a hub of trade connecting Canada's west coast to the far east.

  • Murchie's custom blend book

    John's shop in Vancouver moves to 720 Richards Street. Murchie's famous blend book is created to record the unique family blends designed for customers. This blend book is still used today with copies available at several Murchie's retail locations.

  • John Murchie takes a well-deserved retirement, handing down the store to his sons James (Jim) and Douglas. They grow the Murchie's name and reputation, opening a new flagship store on Vancouver's Robson Street in 1939.

  • The Murchie children and grandchildren open and operate several stores around BC. Growing demand for wholesale and mail order prompts the acquisiton of a warehouse at the heart of what is now trendy Yaletown.

  • Letter from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

    Murchie's Tea and Coffee receives a most prestigious letter of thanks from Her Majesty the Queen for providing China and Ceylon teas during her travels from Vancouver to Australia on the H.M. Yacht Britannia.

  • Tongue-in-cheek ad for Italian Coffee

    Murchie's becomes one of the first in the Pacific Northwest to begin importing fine Arabica coffee beans, establishing itself as the go-to shop for fine cappucino and espresso, and freshly roasted small-batch coffee beans. Some of Murchie's early coffee fans used to drive north from Seattle to purchase our coffee. They soon founded a company of their own and for many years continued to source their green beans from Murchie`s, one of only 2 companies importing Arabica beans at that time. Today, that company is known as Starbucks.

  • Prince Charles Tea: then and now

    Murchie's creates Prince Charles Tea to commemorate the Royal Wedding of HRH the Prince of Wales (Charles) and Lady Diana Spencer.

  • Historic Government Street location in downtown Victoria

    Murchie's Victoria store relocates to 1110 Government Street, establishing itself as the company's new flagship location. This store becomes a Victoria, BC icon, still in operation today, and offers a large retail selection and full service cafe.

  • Coat of Arms

    In commemoration of its centennial the Canadian Heraldic Authority grants Murchie's a Coat of Arms, displaying the company's motto "A Tradition of Excellence".

  • From 1995 to 1997 Murchie's creates a number of tea blends to celebrate Canadian icons: Library Blend for Vancouver's iconic Public Library, CBC Radio Blend for that institution's 60th anniversary, and Rideau Hall to be served at the Governor General's official residence: a blend "reminiscent of the strength of our nation and the diversity of our people".

  • Tea Wall at Broadway Location

    Murchie's continues to expand its retail and online presence, gaining new fans around the world. With over 130 varieties of tea and 25 coffee roasts, we have something for every discerning taste and remain committed to John Murchie's tradition of excellence.

  • Nearly 125 years after John Murchie sold his first pound of bespoke tea, Murchie's is still proudly Canadian-owned and -operated. Looking to the future, we are excited to mark our 125th anniversary with commemorative products, special events, and even more best-selling signature blends!