ExtraSpecialTeas is a vibrant eclectic, community-inspired teahouse in the Berkshires of Massachusetts with a unique and inspiring mission: We bring People + ExtraSpecialNeeds People together to experience purpose, possibility, gratitude, and joy over tea!
Our visionary non-profit teahouse employs young adults with intellectual and developmental differences who have aged out of school and who are otherwise not employable. We offer a therapeutic vocational day program so that each participant can learn, grow and work in the way that best meets his or her needs. Our ExtraSpecialExperience within our colorful and charming Downtown Great Barrington store positively impacts participants, customers, staff and our greater community.
ExtraSpecialTeas visitors explore, sample, and enjoy our more than 50 teas from all over the world. Whether you are traditional “hot pot of tea” afficionado, an avid iced tea fan or bubble tea fanatic, we have the tea that will become your absolute favorite. We also bake our own delicious treats, which are all natural, gluten free, vegan and Paleo-friendly. The teahouse is filled with quirky and charming gifts – from participant-made tea-infused bath bombs, soaps, and hand-made cards to funky bags and inspirational tea travel mugs.
We believe that the world belongs to everyone belonging. And we invite you to become part of our world! If you want to volunteer, go to our volunteer page; if you want to participate in our day program, go to our ExtraSpecialServers page.