Meet Our Farmers
Since we begin our tea journey, we work with small family owned farms from different regions in China. They are the real artists behind those beautiful leaves and delicious teas that end up in your cups. We would love to introduce them from the other side of the world to you.
Meet Farmer Liu
Farmer Liu's farm is located in Phoenix Mountain at elevation about 600 meter/2296ft and has lasted for about three generations. His tea plantation is about 8 acres and is right above a beautiful lake that runs across the mountain valley, he told us stories of how he grew up in the mountain and how he goes down the lake to fish whenever he has free time outside of harvesting season. We have never tasted one single Phoenix Dan Cong teas from him that we don't like. His traditional craftsmanship can be tasted his Dan Cong teas. For the past 2 years, we have been sourcing our Duckshit Aroma, Gardenia Aroma, Almond Aroma, Tuberose Aroma and Ba Xian/Eight Immortals exclusively from him.
To learn more about farmer Liu and his Phoenix Dan Cong tea plantation, click here.
Meet Farmer Xie Xu
I went to Farmer Xie's farm the first time in October, 2018. His farm is located in Phoenix Mountain at elevation about 470 meters/1476ft and it is also a three generational farm. It's more of a tea garden feel of narrow serpentine paths winding up the mountain than a big plain field of tea trees. At the time, he was still learning from his father about how to roast tea. Even though his family farm is at a relatively low elevation, they still use traditional charcoal roasting method and that renders their Charcoal Roast Mi Lan Aroma (Honey Orchid) one of the best you will try. We also started sourcing Ginger Flower Aroma from him and will add Osmanthus Aroma soon. The sweet fragrance is so potent as if there's real honey in the tea.
Meet Farmer Wen
We found farmer Wen this year and seeing his production processing is such an amazing experience! His production facility just upgraded their equipments and he’s now producing charcoal roast only white teas. Quote what he said ‘No charcoal roast, no tea’ and you are guaranteed to taste the difference! His farm is located in Tai Mu Shan, Fu Ding in Fu Jian province in China and Tai Mu Shan is the main mountain range where the world’s first white tea is from. His farm is at elevation about 610 meters, and it has three varietals, the ancestral white tea known as ‘Cai Cha’ or ‘the vegetable tea’, and the two modern white tea varietals known as ‘Da Bai’ and ‘Da Hao’, which produce similar quality but different production yield. Starting from 2021’s Spring, we will be carrying his Charcoal Roast Bai Mu Dan and slowly adding aged white teas as well!
Meet Farmer Shi
Miss Shi’s farm is in Fu Ding, Fu Jian, China at elevation about 500-600 meters/1968ft. She has gone through rigorous tea sommelier training herself in China and is specialized in aged white tea. We have been sourcing the winter harvested Shou Mei from her consistently, and our Shou Mei Cake 2015, Shou Mei Cake 2013 and White Peony 2015 are all from her as well.
Meet Hua Gang
Hua Gang is a joint tea farmer company in Taiwan, meaning that they manage small tea farms as a whole. They collect raw leaves (known as Cha Qing) of different cultivars and produced from various tea farms in the area and produce them into different oolong teas. They ultimately protect farmer's interest as they will take in raw leaves on no condition and in return, farmers work harder to for ensuring raw leaves's quality. They have resources from diverse areas such as A Li Shan, Mei Shan, Li Shan, Nan Tou etc. in Taiwan, and we have been working with them consistently since last year. All of our high mountain Taiwanese oolong teas are sourced exclusively from them.
Meet Farmer Luo
This beautiful and hard working young woman is from one of the 55 minority tribes in China which known as Dai. Her generational inherited tea farm is located in Xi Shuang Ban Na, Yun Nan, China at elevation about 2400 meters/7874ft. Her tea plantation is rather full of wild Pu Erh tea trees that are averagely about 200-300 years old. They don't use any pesticides or fertilizer, they don't even weed! The only time that they go to "bother" these tea trees is when the harvest seasons arrive. We paid a visit to their tea farm last year and since then we have been getting Pu Erh teas, our favorite Old Tree Chocolatey Black tea and we just added Moonlight Pu Erh White Tea, exclusively from them.
Besides these hard working farmers from above, we also work with a few others from China and Thailand. At the moment, they are the main ones. As our journey continues, I am sure more and more farmers from around world will be joining our list and hopefully all of us will continue to surprise your palate on your personal tea path!