Why China?

In the simplest terms, we sell Chinese tea because that's what we know. Our family has been traveling back and forth to China for more than 30 years, and in that time, we've drunk more tea than one could shake several sticks at. 

This is not to say that we'll turn up our noses at a nice Assam or Darjeeling, that teas from Sri Lanka or Kenya or Japan aren't worth drinking. Much to the contrary: good tea is good tea, regardless of its provenance. But our experience lies in China, and besides, wherever else it is grown today, tea cultivation and culture started in China.

By limiting our selection to Chinese teas, we're able to narrow our focus, to find good, simple teas that come from a culture of tea that dates back millennia. And we're also able to bring a little bit of China to you.  There's more to China than tea and fireworks, certainly, but traditional teas are a fantastic place to start. As a company, we want to celebrate the richness and dynamism of China — from the artistic heyday of the Song Dynasty to the more globalized modern era.