We are Launching a New Range of Speciality Teas Sourced by Dethlefsen & Balk (D&B) from the best Farms Around the World

Tea Since 1836 – Gustav C.H.J. Bal(c)k founds the company in the historical centre of Hamburg to import “miscellaneous spices and tea”. A retail store for Tea and Spices opens in the Admiralitätsstraße 39.


It is a historical fact that in the year 1836, Mr. Gustav C.H.J. Bal(c)k (then still written with a -ck-), established an import company for Miscellaneous Spices and Tea in the old part of Hamburg at the address Neue Burg 20. His business worked out so well that in 1837 an assistant was employed. In the same year, the company moved to Admiralitätsstrasse 39, where a retail business was established.

This trade mark covers Dethlefesen & Balk’s (D&B) whole tea expertise since 1836. Tradition and innovation not only reflect in the design. The top sellers of D&B’s whole tea offer are unified in this powerful league: only the best tea creations bear the seal “since 1836”. Thus, a wide spectrum is covered in this tea assortment: from classical specialties, premium rarities and extraordinary specialties from extraordinary countries to popular creations of our tea tasters with modern approaches. Small lots from our tea manufactory, packed in ready-to-sell design packaging are a guarantor for first-class specialist shop quality in unique freshness.

Ponaire currently stocks 9 varieties of D&B Teas that are sourced from the best Tea Farms around the world.  Each blend is carefully prepared into silk tea bags.  Each variety and blend that we stock has unique delicious properties.  Teas are available to drink in our cafe, to buy online or in store.