Starting in 1996 with herbs from Chris and Terri's farm in Occidental, we developed a solid reputation for our unique take on classic teas. Be it our famous Pacific Coast Breakfast, Vital Green or Vita Flora, we understand that tea should not only taste great, but be great for your body, mind and spirit.
Since the beginning, our desire was to focus on local, sustainably grown ingredients. There was a quality and care in our tea at its inception that is evident in the line today.
In 2011 we became dissatisfied with the direction of our tea line and wanted to get it back to the roots of what it was always about. It was time to look for a better solution and a partner we felt good with. A partner that would put the tea back in line with what it was when it first started.
In choosing a tea company, we searched for local importers who are as obsessed with artisan tea as we are with artisan coffee. The focus on getting one company to consistently deliver sustainable, organic and quality tea took quite a while. In time, we found what we were looking for in Silk Road Teas. Based in San Rafael, CA, owners Catherine and Ned travel extensively in tea-rich Southeastern China to source rare specialty leaves that delight any palate. Since 1992 they have been procuring single-source, handmade specialty teas from China. Ned and Catherine have built longstanding supplier relationships and have access to some of China's finest and most unusual teas. They partner with small farms, out-of-the-way markets and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer a distinctive taste experience. Ned and Catherine buy many of their teas in early spring when the leaves are fresh, tender and their tastes most pronounced.
The passion our companies share in providing exceptional organic drinks will be obvious when you taste our teas. While some of our teas deliver the exact ingredient list as before, we did take this opportunity to fine tune and elevate most of the line. Take a look at our entire line here.