Rishi Black Tea Story

Rishi tea began in 1997 when Joshua Kaiser, the founder and tea buyer, realized that traditional handcrafted tea he was so fond of during his travels to Asia were rare anywhere else. Joshua felt that North America would embrace artisan tea, just like they did single origin coffee and varietal wine if they could buy it at reasonable prices. He felt that the same consumer that developed a taste for high end artisan coffee and wine would also appreciate fine organic premium tea. Rishi Tea was founded with a commitment to a standard for quality and to expand the awareness of tea in its rich, inspirational tradition. They offer superb loose-leaf tea imported directly from tea gardens across Asia.

Joshua enlisted a well-traveled and longtime friend Benjamin Harrison as a partner. The two, along with help from friends, worked in a 400 square foot windowless space in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward district, hand-blending original botanical blends and individually packaging premium teas imported from Asia. The space was outgrown and Rishi Tea moved into the Bay View area. However, while production expanded, Rishi Tea preserved its founding principles of meticulous hand- blending, meticulous packaging and strict quality control. They travel thousands of miles each year to the diverse points where their teas are harvested and maintain personal relationships with farmers and artisans whose families have been making traditional teas for generations.

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Rishi Ancient Tree Black Tea!

$8.95 - Rishi Organic Black Tea Earl Grey Tea - is the Award Winner Blend, harvested from Ancient Tree Forest is an exceptional rendition of a classic. This Fair Trade Certified Earl Grey Tea has bright bergamot citrus aroma and flavor, bold and sweetly smooths taste.

$13.95 - Rishi Black Organic Tea Golden Yunnan - Fair trade certified organic, a tipsy golden grade of black tea with a robust flavor, perfectly suited for the AM. It has a wonderful caramelized sugar note. Loose-leaf tea net wt is 3.2oz or 91g.

$10.95 - Rishi Organic Ancient Tree Emerald Lily - Select from 1300-year old ancient tree tea forest, under the FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED TEA PROGRAM, Rishi Organic Green Tea Emerald Lily has the exotic flavor and aroma, crisp and fresh with notes of toasted chestnut and wild orchid.

$9.95 - Rishi Organic Ancient Tree Pu-Erh Ginger Tea - Harvested from Yunnan's remote mountain villages of China, has zesty notes of orange and ginger complement the sweet and rich character. Loose-leaf tea net wt is 3.8oz or 110g.

$13.95 - Rishi Organic Ancient Tree Pr-Erh Tea Tuo - One of the most popular Pu-Erhs. Tuo Cha is rich and sweet with a robust body and smooth finish with notes of molasses and cocoa. Loose Tea ball net wt is 5 oz or 140g.

$8.95 - Rishi Organic China Breakfast Black Tea - First Place Best Tea Award Winner is malty and robust with accents of cocoa and dates.

$9.95 - Rishi Organic Earl Grey Lavender Black Tea - is Fair Trade Certified organic tea blend, with bergamot citrus and lavender flowers.

$8.95 - Rishi Organic Lemongrass Black Tea - has a refreshing and fruity flavor, lemongrass is popular in Asia for cooking and drinking, with an added lemon aroma to the tea.

$8.95 - Rishi Organic Wild Berry Black Tea - is Chinese organic black tea blended with wild berries and bright hibiscus.

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Rishi Organic Black Tea Story Continued:

Their ancient tea production with sanitary, efficient manufacturing practices have offered many artisan families a way to keep their traditions alive and a chance to benefit from the growing market of premium teas. They have developed a network in China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, India and other areas to provide exceptional loose-leaf teas, with an unrivaled level of freshness, quality and connection to origin.

Organic describes how an agricultural product is grown and processed. Organic products are free of chemicals, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, genetic modifications and sewage sludge. They are processed without artificial ingredients, preservative or irradiation in order to maintain the integrity of the product. To Sum it up, organic products taste better, because they are truer to the natural state of the agricultural product and offer a wide variety of health benefits for the consumer as well as the environment. We care about the well-being of those involved in the tea making process. By promoting their teas, we are promoting the health of farmers as well as their land and environment.