Our Philosophy

There's an old legend that says all tea originally comes from five East Asian mountains: the North, South, East, West and Center Mountains. Therefore, we chose the name "Five Mountains" because it best represents our focus on traditional, unadulterated heirloom teas.

Five Mountains specializes in heirloom organic tea. These traditional tea cultivars are renowned for their quality, flavor profiles and health attributes. Each tea is harvested from gardens of their native origin to fully express their variety and terroir.

With an understanding of tea and its place in our environment, Five Mountains uses international organic certifications, biodiverse and sustainable growing methods, compostable packaging, and is a Fair Trade USA Licensed Partner.

The tradition of Five Mountains’ tea craft is rooted in a history with the tea cultures of East Asia’s tea mountains and monasteries.

Click here to learn more about our story from a feature in San Francisco Magazine.


Creation of the first 100% Home-Compostable Loose Leaf Tea Packaging

In 2009, Five Mountains introduced the first 100% biodegradable and home-compostable whole leaf tea packaging, made from renewable resources (non-GMO wood pulp) certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council. (view article here)

Fair Trade Certified

Five Mountains is a proud member of Fair Trade USA. By promoting FT products, Fair Trade USA enables sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, fishermen, consumers, industry, and the earth.

Certifed Organic

Five Mountains' teas are certifed USDA organic by California Certified Organic Farmers. CCOF is a nonprofit organization that advances organic agriculture for a healthy world through organic certification, education, advocacy, and promotion. They envision a world where organic is the norm.

Heirloom Cultivars

Sourcing from antique tea arbors helps protect these rare, fertile plantations and ensures that they may continue to flourish indefinitely. These ancient tea varietals grow biodiversly without the need for pesticides, fertilizers or invasive irrigation. Research has shown they yield a higher antioxidant concentration and, of course (our favorite part), their flavor is second to none.

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