We are a team of engineers and

designers who all love tea.

About teaBOT

teaBOTTM is creating a retail platform for customized grab-and go tea. Our robotic kiosks allow you to order a custom cup of loose-leaf tea and share your blends at the touch of a button. Customers control features on the touch screen or their smartphone and walk away with a personalized cup of tea in under a minute. Whether experimenting with new flavors, reordering a favorite, or trying a friend’s blend, teaBOTTM simplifies tea blending and speeds up the tea serving process. After talking to tea enthusiasts, we found that many tea drinkers love the idea of making their own blends but find it too tedious, expensive, or risky to do this at home. We decided to make this easier for everyone by building a robot that blends tea. After trying out different blends, customers can pick their favorites and order a pouch for home.


How We Started

teaBOTTM was founded in 2013 to make tea fun and customizable. The inspiration for speed and convenience came from watching customers walk away from long lines at our co-founder’s family tea store. The inspiration for personalization came from listening to our customers. We developed this technology to let our customers blend their own tea and explore new flavors without waiting in line.

The idea was accepted into Rotman’s Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) at the University of Toronto where we developed into a company with a prototype in a matter of months. After graduating from the CDL, we joined MaRS JOLT where we completed our first consumer-facing machine and tested at several sites around Toronto. After being funded by UTIAS Start and the Ontario Centres of Excellence, we joined Y Combinator and launched across North America.

Thank you for your continued support and please let us know where you would like to see teaBOT next!

Our Founders

Rehman Merali


Rehman has a Mechatronics Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and is completing his PhD in Aerospace Robotics at the University of Toronto. He leads the software, electrical and mechanical engineering of teaBOTTM. Rehman loves anything robotics and spends more time than he admits watching machines move.

Blend: Gunpowder Green and Peppermint

Brian Lee


Brian is a professional engineer with a Masters degree in Engineering Design from McMaster University and leads the business and operational activities of teaBOTTM. Brian is excited about never having to make his own tea again and trying to steer the company’s future aims towards making his other favourite foods.

Blend: Amaretto Cherry and Masala Chai

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