The Irie Cup is a family owned and operated company by husband and wife team Joseph and Lashanda Lewis. My wife and I have always had an affinity for tea for as long as we both could remember. Growing up in Chicago, my father would always give us subtle reminders, in words or actions, that we are apart of a deep rich heritage. Taking a walk into our back yard you would not be able to tell if you were on the south side of Chicago or in the flourishing flower gardens of Mandeville, Jamaica. We would often find exactly what we needed around our home. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, carrots, and of course mint leaves. We never gave it a second thought to what kind of tea we would have when we wanted tea. Mint tea, using the fresh grown tea leaves outside our home was our go to. As Lashanda and I began to encounter various ailments, her family would always seem to know exactly what tea could help. Do you have a headache? Drink fever grass. A bad cold? Garlic tea! Upset stomach? Ginger Tea! All of the above? Drink Cerasee! In 2016 we endeavored to share what we have always known with our friends and the communities that surround us. This year our dream of sharing our culture has become reality.
What does “Irie” mean?