Truly Sustainable Farming
Our tea partners in China practice beyond organic farming, whether wild-foraging in some of the most remote tea mountains in the world, growing rows of soybeans to distract insects and replenish nitrates, or by leaving enough natural forest to encourage birds and other biodiversity for healthy tea plants. Their passionate work in agriculture is meant to safeguard their family land for their children and beyond, providing a living that makes tea possible as a way of life.
Beyond fair-trade, beyond organic: this is about true multi-generational sustainability for the growers and their land.
Real Partnerships, Real People
We are not a brand, we are a dedicated logistics solutions for our tea partners in China, small family tea farmers who choose to sell their fine handcrafted teas through our logistics network. Our tea partners are our oldest friends. Our relationships go back over a decade, growing up together, brainstorming together and growing the market for fine teas together. We stand against the idea of “sourcing trips,” whirlwind tours with posed photo ops. True partnerships built on real trust are the only way to get access to truly fine tea.
We believe in sharing not only the region, but the picking date, varieties, elevation, and most importantly, the farmer who grows each tea. Real connections with suppliers yield real conversations with customers. Our collaborations have helped establish cooperatives and invest in equipment in Laoshan, support schools for tea ceremony in Wuyishan, invest in new processing styles in Anxi, and build roads in Qianjiazhai. We want to end the world of brokers, auction houses, misinformation, hidden sources and fakery and replace it with a model where everyone wins.
When you work with us, you work with the farmer. This is sourcing for the modern world- true accountability, true transparency, and lifelong relationships.
Solution Oriented Service
If you are committed to bringing better tea to the world we are committed to helping you. Our relationships with farmers and presence in China mean that we can help with anything from simple online orders to big custom projects.
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Our tea partners have diverse capabilities.
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White Label / Custom Packaging
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Ocean and Air Direct Import
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Food & Beverage Development and Sourcing
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Meet Our Partners
the He Family
Laoshan Village, Shandong
green, black, oolong, and herbal tea
Pioneers and community leaders in Laoshan Village, the He family was one of the first to plant tea on the misty ocean-facing slopes of the Taoist Holy Mountain they call home.
We are proud to share the He Family’s tea every season, and we are dedicated to spreading appreciation for their craft while sharing their unique and innovative teas with the rest of the world.
Huang Rui Guang
oolong tea and black tea
An accomplished technical master of tea, Huang Rui Guang is affectionately called a ‘modern tea sage’ by many because of his lifetime of cultivation in the skills of planting, processing and tasting tea.
In 2012, he was conferred the title of a recognized Cultural Treasure by the city government of Chaozhou. Today, he is working to pass on his lifetime of experience to his two sons Wei Ming and Zhen Ming.
Dragonwell Village, Zhejiang
Mrs. Li has been growing Longjing Village’s famous Shi Feng (Lion’s Peak) Dragonwell green tea her entire life. She began learning from her father, one of Dragonwell’s preeminent tasters and graders, as soon as she was old enough to talk.
Despite her family’s pedigree, Mrs. Li is still one of the most warm and welcoming people that you will ever meet. We are honored for the opportunity to share Mrs. Li’s fine tea on her behalf each year.
Daping Village, Anxi
Master Zhang’s thousand-meter-high terraced peaks above Daping in Anxi, Fujian are a beautiful sight. He practices traditional organic farming, and his biodiverse fields place Daping’s native Mao Xie cultivar alongside Anxi’s famous Tieguanyin and unusual cultivars like Ben Shan, Rou Gui, Cai Cong, and more.
His recognized dedication to collaboration, awards for transparancy, and constant innovation ad experimentation are an example to generations of tea farmers, new and old.
Tongmu & Wuyishan, Fujian
oolong tea and black tea
Li Xiangxi’s family works together in Tongmu and Wuyishan, applying their incredible skill at roasting to their spring-fed high mountain tea. Their proceeds go to teaching Daoist tea ceremony at Li Xiangxi’s school and working to preserve the wild tea bushes on the mountains above their family home in Tongmu.
Their conservation work has created a biodiverse tea garden that preserves the original habitat of the region for wildlife as a natural control for insects. The result is rich, complex tea that has won them gold medals across China.
Qianjiazhai, Mt. Ailao, Yunnan
pu’er, black tea and herbal tea
The Zhenyuan Dongsa Farmers’ Cooperative brings together several families and craftsman across the stretches of wild tea forest in the Qianjiazhai region of Mt. Ailo National Forest Preserve.
Members of the cooperative work together to preserve the region’s old tea trees (alongside native wild near-relatives like Camellia Crassicolumna) and to share knowledge and techniques. The cooperative’s hand-picked and wild-foraged tea capture the essence of Qianjiazhai’s unique terroir.
the Liu Family
Longjuan, Anxi, Fujian
oolong tea and black tea
In Longjuan, Anxi, tradition and market pressures don’t drive the Liu Family to focus exclusively on traditional techniques; instead, they explore unexpected styles, mixing techniques and taking inspiration from across China to build a demand for their craft.
Their Longjuan teas blend tradition and new techniques for exciting hybrids that blend traditional Anxi cultivars with black tea and oolong techniques from Wuyishan and a growing collection of pressed, aged Longjuan Oolong teas.
white tea, black tea, and pu’er
Wang Yanxin is a fierce advocate for small farming, working with partner farmers from Yunnan to Shandong to develop entirely new kinds of tea and bring teas to a wider market. She specialises in Yunnan pu’er and dian hong, but has recently begun passionately exploring modern black teas in recent years by developing the boundary-crossing black tea: Yu Lu Yan Cha.
Her intense honesty and strong opinions make her a true force in Qingdao’s tea markets. Her memory for a tea’s taste, texture and aroma is legendary.