The Heritage of Ellis Island Tropical Tea
My Great Grandfather Cyril Byron was a Garevyite- Jamaican immigrant who came to America in the early 1900's. Byron worked for the Black Star Line which Marcus Garvey started and became the Chief Chef. After working for the Black Star Line Byron work for Mahattan Hotels and many more ocean liners before he opened and founded Byron Caterers in 1940 of the Morrisania Area of Stebbins Avenue and 165th Street.
Byron Caterers became one of the Largest Black Family Owned Catering busineses of the Bronx until 1960 when it closed.
Before my great grandfather died, he gave the recipe to my father and told him, “this recipe is to be sold and not told,” therefore I made a promise to carry on the family legacy by bringing this tea to the market.
Ellis Island Tropical Tea
Ellis Infinity Beverage Company was founded in 2008 by Nailah Ellis-Brown. It is the manufacturer of Ellis Island Tropical Tea, an all natural, antioxidant-rich hibiscus tea. Ellis Island Tea is a smooth, flavorful Jamaican blend, steeped in family tradition, brewed and bottled in Detroit.
The company operates out of a State of the Art production facility in Detroit, Michigan across from the Russell Industrial Center, an area near I‐75 and I‐94 once known for auto manufacturing that now is becoming home to artists and other creatives.
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