Water is Life!
Clean water is more precious than gold!
This is an eddy on the beautiful Rogue River near our home,
may all the world's waters run clean & free once more....
I find it pretty fabulous that you've found your way here today, thank you!
I'm Elizabeth Bretko, I've been running Uber Herbal for six years now. I'm a concoctor, a maker &
a momprenuer. In 2014, with the help of over 300 people via Kickstarter, I opened a manufacturing space & tea shop in Grants Pass, Oregon.
But really it all started back in 2000 at the Bloomsbury Coffeehouse in Ashland with a magical elixir known as Heartsong Chai. This cardamom rich, spicy, masala chai lead to me on a 9 year tea brewing, business building, thirst quenching journey!
For the first 3 years I brewed Heartsong Chai at night at the legendary Evo's of Ashland. In those days I reused our jugs & delivered to cafes & restaurants on my Xtracycle bicycle!
In 2002 I renovated the garage of my Jacksonville home into a commercial kitchen & grew sales into Eugene & Portland. This was also the year I introduced the Habanero Honey Brew to the market. #habanerohoneybrewforever
In 2007, we released the Thai Dragon Tonic & the Mate Fire brews. Together with a team of ambitious players, I renovated Ashland's former Pizza Hut into the Chai Hut, a 200 gallon capacity tea brewery & of course, a tasting room & cafe.
In that time, Heartsong Chai also took me to the Oregon Country Fair, Burning Man, PickAthon & High Sierra Music Festival serving so much chai to so many people.... woah! Those were some beautifully, crazy summers!
Sadly, the Chai Hut closed in 2008 when we expanded our products into Seattle via Whole Foods Market & it was just too much, too fast.
After Heartsong ended I turned my passion toward family & farming. But everywhere I went, people would ask about the Chai & the Habanero Honey Brew & when they would be back. So in 2011 I started Uber Herbal, making tea & farm direct foods & only selling at the Ashland Saturday Market. Then I built an Etsy store. And the business was well received & growing without effort. This is what led to the Kickstarter project and our little shop in Grants Pass.
When I'm not out buying ball jars or elbow deep in dishes, I'm either in my marigold field at Easy Valley Farm or hanging out with my Daughter BE & our dog Nellie. We like to explore Oregon, immerse ourselves in water, take goofy selfies & eat chocolate chip pancakes.
Thank you for shopping with Uber Herbal! You are directly supporting the well being of our family & the farmers that we work with. We are grateful forever.......