Our Story

Origins

As a monk in an East Asian monastery in my early twenties, I was first introduced to authentic tea. It was an unforgettable experience. Thousands of cups later, I'm excited to share my passion for tea with you. Enjoy!
- Jason, Former Monk (1998-2003) & Founder of Five Mountains



Critiques

Five Mountains' obsession with source origin heirloom varietals and traditional crafting techniques results in a purely unadulterated form that leaves you feeling as if it's the first time you've ever tasted tea.

Ian Cauble
Master Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers
Top U.S. Sommelier of 2011, Guild of Sommeliers
Jeunes Sommelier World Champion, Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs

The passion, knowledge, respect and commitment that Five Mountains has for tea, you cannot find anywhere else.

Katrina Parlato
GM, Quince

[Five Mountains teas] have been favorites amongst our customers and we believe they represent some of the best Gilt Taste has to offer.

Gilt Groupe, NYC

Having my mind blown by some sun ripened pu'er tea from Five Mountains. This little tea co. is serious."

Jordan Graham Mackay
San Francisco Magazine, NY Times wine & spirits critic, author
Winner of the James Beard Award

Let us bow deeply to teachers Jeffrey McCloud (of Five Mountains), Master Hé, Zhou Yu, Master Tsai..."

Wu'De
Tea Specialist, Author of The Way of Tea

Five Mountains has created something special with their extensive knowledge and expertise, passion for sourcing, fanatical commitment to tea education and superior customer service.

Travis Rea
Manager of Gourmet Food Development, Williams Sonoma
Former Pastry Chef at Gary Danko

It's rare in any industry for experts in a given field to openly share their craft with honesty and humility. I am continually floored by them, their passion is obvious and the proof is in the product. Five Mountains is the real deal!

Brain McClintic
Master Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers

Media

Five Mountains has been featured in numerous media sources, including San Francisco Magazine (view article here), covering the story of how this venture began. San Francisco's Five Mountains tea, a small upstart company founded by two fellows with a taste for travel, Eastern philosophy, and, of course, tea. Five Mountains discusses their focus on organics and heirloom cultivars in the Southeast Asia Globe. Click on covers below to read the articles.

Culinary Institute of America Lecture

Five Mountains conducted its first tea seminar at St Helena's CIA (Culinary Institute of America) and was invited to hold this annually. The lecture for graduating students covered the unwritten history of tea, parallels to wine and tea, cultivars and varieties, tea service and ceremony.

Establishments

Five Mountains caters to establishments that focus on the integrity of their ingredients. Our clients include Michelin Star and critically acclaimed restaurants, small neighborhood cafes and eateries as well as markets, spas, hotels, museums, campuses and workplaces. Some of the acclaimed clients Five Mountains has collaborated with are Quince, Spruce, Sierra Mar, Atelier Crenn, Rich Table, The Village Pub, Nico, Luce, Carneros Resort & Spa, Stanford University, and Blue Bottle Coffee.

Williams-Sonoma Collaboration

Williams-Sonoma partnered with Five Mountains to create and blend the Williams-Sonoma custom line of culinary teas. These creative gourmet blends were launched in all Williams-Sonoma stores worldwide.

Bon Appetit

Bon Appetit Management Company featured Five Mountains in a piece (view article here) focusing on its role as a sustainability leader in the tea industry. The article highlights the company's origins in monastic life, its efforts in sourcing heirloom cultivars and its adherence to equitable purchasing practices.

Design Patent Awards

The Five Mountains Design Studio has been awarded multiple design patents for its work in innovative tea-ware design. We have been experimenting with brewing concepts since 2000 and have come up with beautiful and functional designs that significantly help improve the tea making process.

SF MADE

Five Mountains is a pround member of SfMade, a California non-profit headquartered in San Francisco. Its mission is to build and support a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco that sustains companies producing locally-made products, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, and creates employment opportunities for a diverse local workforce.

Featured on Gilt Taste

Five Mountains was the featured tea purveyor of GILT Groupe's online gourmet marketplace GILT Taste. The site features artisan products and ingredients with the stories and recipes of food specialists and top chefs edited by Ruth Reichl and Francis Lam, formerly of Gourmet Magazine.
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