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.
Master Sommelier, Court of 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.
General Manager, Quince Restaurant and Cotogna Restaurant
[Five Mountains teas] have been favorites amongst our customers and we believe they represent some of the best Gilt Taste has to offer.
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..."
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.
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!
The Court of Master Sommeliers
Five Mountains was featured in San Francisco and Houston Magazines 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. Also Five Mountains discusses their focus on organics and heirloom cultivars in the Southeast Asia Globe. Click on any cover to read the article.
Featured on Gilt Taste
FIVE MOUNTAINS is now the featured tea purveyor of the GILT Groupe's new online gourmet marketplace/online magazine called GILT Taste. The site features artisan products and ingredients with the stories and recipes of food specialists and top chefs. It's editorial advisor is Ruth Reichl and editor Francis Lam formerly of Gourmet Magazine.
5 Mountains caters to establishments that focus on the integrity of their ingredients. Our clients include Michelin Star and critically acclaimed restaurants, to small neighborhood cafes and eateries as well as markets, spas, hotels, museums, campuses and workplaces.
Design Patent Awards
5 Mountains Design Studios creates progressive and classic tea-ware. 5 Mountains has been awarded multiple design patents for their work in innovative tea-ware design. The double wall or "jacketed" glass process was invented by Scottish scientist Sir James Dewar in 1892. Dewar took boroscilicate glass created just years earlier by the German glassmaker Otto Schott and made a vacuum enclosure for storing liquids in the laboratory.
Boro-glass became popular in tea in the late 80's in Asia, specifically Japan and Taiwan. The single wall glass pieces were favored for their resistance to heat and cold, non porous nature, and clarity of the unfurling leaves. As holding the water temperature in the tea steeping vessel is paramount double walled boro-glass seemed the next best solution. We have been experimenting with tea-ware and double wall glassware since 2000 and come up with some beautiful and practical designs that actually help improve the tea making process.