The Little Red Cup Tea Co. is a small, family-owned company based in Brunswick, Maine. We made our first trip to China more than 25 years ago, and since then we’ve lived in Beijing for several extended periods and visited scores of times. China is our second home; we love the people, we love the culture, we love the language, we love the food, and we love the tea.
Our goals as a company are two-fold:
First, we want to offer the kinds of teas that our friends routinely drink in China: simple, traditional, whole leaf varieties. Ours are teas that you can drink throughout the day; teas to keep you going. In China, tea never stops after the first cup, and we see no reason that should not be true in the United States as well.
Second, we want to act as sustainably as possible, maximizing the positive aspects of international trade while minimizing the negative. This is the reason that every tea we sell is certified organic by the USDA, and certified fair trade by Fair Trade USA. We partner directly with the worker-owned cooperatives who grow and process the tea to reduce the number of steps from field to cup.