Silk Road Teas, your source for rare & artisan teas.
Silk Road Teas is known as a purveyor of rare and artisan teas from China. Each spring, we travel in the tea-rich southeastern provinces to source our teas. Visiting tea markets, small farms, specialty tea companies and tea brokers, we find the finest varieties of white, green, oolong, black and Pu-erh tea.
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The teas we offer are grown and processed by true artisans of the leaf. We purchase most of our teas in small lots that are single origin and often handmade. It is our belief the best tea is harvested early in the spring, when the days are warming and the nights cool. In that brief harvest window, known as "before the rain" teas, the fresh and tender leaves offer nuanced flavors and tastes. These teas are limited in supply and are recognized as some of the finest teas in the world. Once plucked and processed, many of our teas are not blended and we preserve these unique small lots for our customers' enjoyment.
It is also worth noting that teas grown on small and specialty tea farms tend to use traditional methods of farming. As these teas are harvested in the spring before insect predation begins, the use of chemicals and pesticides is far less prevalent than on teas harvested later in the season and on larger farms. We make every effort to find farms practicing natural and organic methods. As China's consumer market continues to strengthen and demand for organic products grows, we increasingly source third-party certified organic teas to complement our line of traditionally grown teas. To encourage and complement organic farming, our business is a certified USDA NOP Organic Handler.
We sell to well-known U.S. tea companies, tea shops, specialty grocery, coffee companies and fine restaurants - purveyors of high-end, specialty teas throughout the United States and Canada. As well, we offer a wide variety of teas for lovers of tea and individuals via the Web along with a line of premium, organic teas in sachets. Please look for them in your local stores as we guarantee that you will find these teas are exceptional and ideal for enjoying tea at home, the office, while traveling or entertaining. Please note, our tea boxes and sachets are packaged by adults with disabilities creating jobs and a portion of our sales of each tea box support a local community project serving meals to families in need.
We appreciate and enjoy our loyal customers, who often call us and order teas direct or use our Web sales service. We encourage these relationships and enjoy talking with our customers about tea. We deeply appreciate our customers and we strive to provide them a great cup every time.
Please contact us if you have any questions about our teas, policies, or any comments, feedback or questions. Generally, the best way to reach us is by phone or e-mail.
Thank you for your patronage and we hope you enjoy our teas.
Catherine & Ned Heagerty
Tel: 415 458 8624
Fax: 415 458 8625