Verdant Tea

The He Family Tea Farm: Internationally Acclaimed Tea from Laoshan Village, ShandongThe He Family Tea Farm: Internationally Acclaimed Tea from Laoshan Village, Shandong
"If you don't work for it, [the tea] won't grow" - He Changke"If you don't work for it, [the tea] won't grow" - He Changke

"Laoshan is unlike any other tea region on earth.

Our farm sits at sea level, protected from the sun by the ocean mist that rolls up the slopes of the steep Laoshan mountainsides. Our parents began cultivating tea in this village sixty years ago and started the right way with organic farming & respect for the ecosystem of our Taoist holy mountain.

We hand pick every leaf and hand-finish our tea in small batches.

We hope you’ll taste for yourself to understand what makes our family’s tea
from the northernmost tea region in China so unique.”

- He Changke // 何昌科

Our Most Popular Teas

Discover Laoshan with the He Family

This bundle includes five 25g bags of Laoshan tea for 125g total (25 sessions). The He Family were some of the first to plant tea in Laoshan, one of China’s newest and northernmost tea growing regions [...]

$36.35 $32.72

Laoshan Herbal Tasting Kit

This bundle includes five 25g bags of wild-foraged Laoshan herbal teas for 125g total (25 sessions).The He Family in Laoshan is bringing green tea craft to wild-foraged caffeine-free herbals picked within [...]

$36.95 $33.26

Our Home: Laoshan Village

our tea fields in early May
our family lives between the beautiful mountains and the ocean
  • ● tea plants nurtured by famous mountain springs

  • ● the coldest tea climate in China produces sweet teas

  • rocky soil produces mineral-driven texture

  • ● shaded 3-layer greenhouses protect early spring leaves 

  • protected National Forest land
    for clean air and water 

  • biodynamic farming healthy plants and people


About Us: the He Family

He Changke is a proud 2nd generation tea farmer.

His father was one of the first people to plant tea in the village outside of the Taoist monastery, pioneering organic farming with a vision of making Laoshan the most famous tea microclimate in China. Mr. He is passing on his father’s work to his daughter He Qingqing, co-owner of importer Verdant Tea.

Qingqing and her parents have worked together to not only improve the craft of the region, but invent entirely new tea types to bring fame to Laoshan and raise up their village.

The He Family hopes that tea will be the path to better living for the whole region, and believe a healthy tea industry in Laoshan is the best way to champion environmental protection for Laoshan National Park.

Above, He Qingqing in the workshop with her mother, father, younger sister, and daughter

Our Teas and Craft

He Changke works with fresh tea leaves
everyone works together to sort tea leaves


We work hard for our teas

In the south, mild climates mean easier seasons. Here in the north, we rebuild greenhouses every winter, cut back every summer, and grow soybeans between tea fields as a way to distract insects and to mulch and return nitrates to our soil.

When picking season arrives, we have a short window of perfect weather to hand pick every tender bud.

We hand-finish every leaf in our family workshop. Every 100g of finished tea takes more than a pound of fresh picked leaves. Many of our teas take over 16 hours of craft to get from fresh leaves to finished tea.

We take no shortcuts in our craft because we believe that Laoshan unique climate can produce some of the best teas in the world.

See us at work


Many importers claim to source from small family farms, but are they actually sharing the stories, values, and point of view of the farmers?

Don’t settle for tea of questionable origins. See the people behind the tea and hear the real stories. The He Family and Verdant Tea have been working together for almost a decade. Here are just two videos from our time together:

Learn even more!