Truly Sustainable Farming
Real Partnerships Real Tea
Verdant Tea is founded on over a decade of relationship-building with farmers across China. That’s why our tea partners are our some of our oldest friends.
To us, transparency isn’t a buzz-word –
it is a code of conduct.
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fresh tea all year long
We pre-buy each harvest and air-ship our seasonal teas direct from the farm.
Our partners work hard, hand-picking and hand finishing every leaf. We want to share their teas at their peak of flavor, aroma and sweetness.
Meet Our Partners
the He Family
Laoshan Village, Shandong
green, black, oolong, and herbal tea
Pioneers and community leaders in Laoshan Village, the He family was one of the first to plant tea on the misty ocean-facing slopes of the Taoist Holy Mountain they call home.
We are proud to share the He Family’s tea every season, and we are dedicated to spreading appreciation for their craft while sharing their unique and innovative teas with the rest of the world.
Huang Rui Guang
oolong tea and black tea
An accomplished technical master of tea, Huang Rui Guang is affectionately called a ‘modern tea sage’ by many because of his lifetime of cultivation in the skills of planting, processing and tasting tea.
In 2012, he was conferred the title of a recognized Cultural Treasure by the city government of Chaozhou. Today, he is working to pass on his lifetime of experience to his two sons Wei Ming and Zhen Ming.
Dragonwell Village, Zhejiang
green tea and black tea
Mrs. Li has been growing Longjing Village’s famous Shi Feng (Lion’s Peak) Dragonwell green tea her entire life. She began learning from her father, one of Dragonwell’s preeminent tasters and graders, as soon as she was old enough to talk.
Despite her family’s pedigree, Mrs. Li is still one of the most warm and welcoming people that you will ever meet. We are honored for the opportunity to share Mrs. Li’s fine tea on her behalf each year.
Daping Village, Anxi
Master Zhang’s thousand-meter-high terraced peaks above Daping in Anxi, Fujian are a beautiful sight. He practices traditional organic farming, and his biodiverse fields place Daping’s native Mao Xie cultivar alongside Anxi’s famous Tieguanyin and unusual cultivars like Ben Shan, Rou Gui, Cai Cong, and more.
His recognized dedication to collaboration, awards for transparancy, and constant innovation ad experimentation are an example to generations of tea farmers, new and old.
Tongmu & Wuyishan, Fujian
oolong tea and black tea
Li Xiangxi’s family works together in Tongmu and Wuyishan, applying their incredible skill at roasting to their spring-fed high mountain tea. Their proceeds go to teaching Daoist tea ceremony at Li Xiangxi’s school and working to preserve the wild tea bushes on the mountains above their family home in Tongmu.
Their conservation work has created a biodiverse tea garden that preserves the original habitat of the region for wildlife as a natural control for insects. The result is rich, complex tea that has won them gold medals across China.
Qianjiazhai, Mt. Ailao, Yunnan
pu’er, black tea and herbal tea
The Zhenyuan Dongsa Farmers’ Cooperative brings together several families and craftsman across the stretches of wild tea forest in the Qianjiazhai region of Mt. Ailo National Forest Preserve.
Members of the cooperative work together to preserve the region’s old tea trees (alongside native wild near-relatives like Camellia Crassicolumna) and to share knowledge and techniques. The cooperative’s hand-picked and wild-foraged tea capture the essence of Qianjiazhai’s unique terroir.
the Liu Family
Longjuan, Anxi, Fujian
oolong tea and black tea
In Longjuan, Anxi, tradition and market pressures don’t drive the Liu Family to focus exclusively on traditional techniques; instead, they explore unexpected styles, mixing techniques and taking inspiration from across China to build a demand for their craft.
Their Longjuan teas blend tradition and new techniques for exciting hybrids that blend traditional Anxi cultivars with black tea and oolong techniques from Wuyishan and a growing collection of pressed, aged Longjuan Oolong teas.
the Wu Family
Mr. Wu is following in his father and grandfather’s footsteps, wild-picking white tea from his family’s untended mountaintops. His drive for perfection has led him to not only encourage biodiversity on his family’s land, but also invent new techniques for finishing white tea.
In a time when white tea is wildly popular in China, many farmers are tempted to cut corners. In contrast, Mr. Wu produces in the tiny batches, spending days longer than his colleagues to produce something truly inspirational.
pu’er tea, black tea, and white tea
Xingyang is a small workshop: a group of accomplished blenders and master craftsmen pushing the pu’er industry forward. In addition to their own fully-organic terraced tea gardens, Xingyang sources from a select group of farmers in Yiwu, Bulang, Wuliangshan, Lincang, and Ailao. They blend different regions to create focused purposeful flavor profiles.
Their shu pu’er is truly remarkable for its sparkling clean flavor, a true feat of craftsmanship we are honored to represent.
white tea, black tea, and pu’er
Wang Yanxin is a fierce advocate for small farming, working with partner farmers from Yunnan to Shandong to develop entirely new kinds of tea and bring teas to a wider market. She specialises in Yunnan pu’er and dian hong, but has recently begun passionately exploring modern black teas in recent years by developing the boundary-crossing black tea: Yu Lu Yan Cha.
Her intense honesty and strong opinions make her a true force in Qingdao’s tea markets. Her memory for a tea’s taste, texture and aroma is legendary.
Our partners in China
are more than farmers.
They are industry leaders,
Our partners’ points of view are rooted in a lifetime of experience, and their perspectives on tea, farming, and more are each valuable and unique. We hope you will listen to their interviews, read their stories, and hear their perspectives on the industry.