The Leaf

In our work, we are aware that good tea sells out very fast and is seldom made in large quantities. As merchants, we are diligent in securing exceptional tasting leaf each season by working closely with growers. We pledge to share information about our tea leaves and what makes them so special — their origin, processing methods, flavor vocabulary, and the artistic spirit that goes into producing great tasting tea.

Pure Leaf Artistry

From a single plant, Camellia Sinensis, there exists a world of flavor. Tea can vary widely depending on factors like the plant’s cultivar, the processing methods used, and the regional terroir. Our goal is to offer fresh and full-flavored teas at fair prices.

India Okayti leaf
full tea leaves

See the Difference

All teas are not equal. Even to the inexperienced tea drinker, noting the vibrancy and brightness of the leaf can provide insights into its quality.

Smell the Difference

The aroma of tea can vary wildly, from notes of green grasses and ocean scents to rich earthy tones, fruits and nuts. Smell the dry leaf first. Then do a quick rinse with hot water and smell the wet leaves. From the aroma alone you can often judge freshness and quality.

Tea ceremony
veerinder setting up tasting station

Taste the Difference

There is no better way to discern the quality of your tea than by tasting. Taste for those attributes you noticed when smelling the leaf, then explore the depth of flavor and the various tasting notes that emerge from one steeping to the next.

Beyond Organic & Fair Trade

We believe in being socially conscious in our tea business. We were among the first group of tea companies to join the Fair Trade and Organic movements in the United States. Beyond these movements, it is very important to consider the larger ecosystems where tea is grown, both socially and in terms of biodiversity and sustainability. We purchase many of our teas at above-market prices and raise social premiums for tea communities.

Tea Profiles in Our Blog