Thirty Years of Putting Care in Every Cup

  • February 20, 2019
  • Alissa Bessette

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been creating delicious, organic teas for 30 years! Since 1989, it has been our mission to bring you the finest teas available while making a positive social and environmental impact. As the first exclusively organic tea crafter in the United States, the first to offer Fair Trade Certified™ tea, and the first to acquire Non-GMO Project Verification, there’s a lot of care that goes into every cup of Choice Organic Teas.

The Original Organic Tea Company

It all began with our parent company, Granum, Inc, who in 1980, started selling macrobiotic ingredients with a focus on health and sustainability. Foods like brown rice, nori, and miso, as well as a selection of organic green teas were imported from Japan and distributed throughout the country. Soon, organic tea sales had surpassed all other imported products, indicating the huge demand for more organic products on the grocery shelves. So, in 1989, Choice Organic Teas was born, paving the way for organic teas in the United States. In fact, you can still purchase the first teas we ever sold: Twig Kukicha, Bancha Hojicha, and Premium Japanese Green. Check out our Store Locator to find them in a store near you.

In the last 30 years we have grown to offer over 70 teas, expanding our collections to include not only our “Original” teas, but embracing Seattle’s twist on culinary traditions with our “Gourmet” line, all the way to crafting flavorful, functional Wellness Teas**, developed in partnership with Bastyr University.

The next 30…

As we look to the next 30, we remain steadfast and dedicated to sourcing teas and herbs that will always be organic, exhaustively Fair Trade, and as good for you as they are for the planet. We promise to continue exploring new avenues of sustainability in our facility, manufacturing process, and packaging materials. And finally, as tea lovers ourselves, we are driven to keep innovating and exploring new blends and flavors that excite and delight.

Whether you’re working at our facility in Seattle, plucking tea leaves on a farm in India, or sipping a cup with your morning paper, we want to thank you for being a part of our journey and for supporting our products.

Be sure to stay connected with us throughout the year as we celebrate and share some of our favorite memories, photos, products from past and present, and the impacts we’ve made on the tea industry over the last three decades.

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