Our story begins in 1980 when our parent company, Granum Inc, started selling organic macrobiotic ingredients, including Japanese tea, to natural food stores across the country. Discovering that organic tea was missing in the natural foods market, we began selling our imported teas under the Choice Organic Teas brand, making us the first exclusively organic tea company in the U.S. Later, we purchased our first tea packing machine and expanded our offerings. The first teas we ever imported are still available today: Twig Kukicha, Bancha Hojicha, and Premium Japanese Green.
As pioneers in the industry, we are the first tea crafter in the United States to produce exclusively organic, Fair Trade Certified™, and Non-GMO Project Verified teas. From classic teas and blends to sophisticated new brews that offer a twist on tradition, we’re dedicated to creating delicious organic teas. Based in Seattle, Washington, we are one of the few tea companies that packages teas in the U.S, offering more than 80 varieties of teas, herbs, and blends that honor people and the planet in every cup.