Long Kou Farm--transliterated as Dragon's Mouth--is a midsized organic tea farm. It's the source of most of our Chinese green teas, along with White Cloud and Gui Shan Oolong. We've been partners for over five years.
Traditionally Guangxi doesn't have the cache that more famous tea regions carry, despite a long an beautiful history of tea planting. That underdog status drew us here to begin with. There are local varietals of tea bush, like Linyun Baihao, that can't be found anywhere else. The terroir is less bold and malty than the region's Western neighbor, Yunnan.
Since the beginning, we've worked side-by-side with our friend's at Long Kou to meet new FDA standards and pursue our joint goals for sustainable, organic cultivation.
Mingfu Lei is one of the tea masters at Long Kou. He's passionate for traditional production methods and aside from tea, he has a soft spot for Australian red wine.
He's a dear friend. When we're not cupping teas at his farm, he joins us in our travels in the region, introducing us to local tea culture and new friends.