China is often considered to be the origin of tea. Camellia Sinensis trees are native to the country and the Chinese have been cultivating the plant for thousands of years. Legend says that tea was first discovered by the Emporer Shennong in 2737 BCE when a leaf from a tree overhead fell into a pot of boiling water. This long history of cultivating tea has allowed Chinese craftsmanship to become highly sophisticated over time. There are a great many teas coming out of China — white, green, oolong, black (red), and puer — and each region has specialized production methods.
We source our teas from the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Guangxi, Hunan, Anhui, Yunnan and Fujian; also from the famous mountain regions and communities of Wuyishan, Phoenix, Jingmai, Cangyuan, Xishuangbanna, Zhenghe, Anxi and Ningde.