It was love at first pluck
While traveling extensively in Asia for business, Richard becomes (gets introduced to first pluck Assam) passionate about tea. He dreams of finding that same quality tea back at home. But alas…the dusty tea that has been served to Americans just isn’t the same. Then comes his aha moment: "Why can’t I get tea like this at home? I’ll start a tea company!"
In search of the perfect pluck, Richard dives into a crash course in tea. Hanging out in the tea gardens in Sri Lanka, India and China, he develops relationships with organic tea farmers.
His mission becomes clear: Find the perfect cup of tea; make it accessible to everyone. YES!
Two Leaves and a Bud was a pioneer of the pyramid-shaped sachet in North America, now widely regarded as the gold-standard for bagged tea. Making drinking whole leaf tea conveniently accessible for all, the special shape and size of the sachets allows our happy tea leaves more elbow room to infuse completely, providing fuller flavor. YES!
Two Leaves partners with National Outdoor Leadership School, where he still moonlights as an instructor, and creates a steady stream of donations through sales of our Alpine Berry tea.
We’ve built a loyal base of tea drinkers – from novices to tea freaks.
Don’t know what matcha is? Not sure how long to steep your tea? Visit Tea Basics for answers. Want to talk about terroir, flushes, and nuanced tea flavors – we love that too.
Two Leaves has expanded to offer a full range of tea formats, since we know everyone’s “perfect cup” is different. We now also offer traditional teabags, iced tea bags, loose tea, and now tea latte mixes. We’ve continued our original objective of making truly great tea accessible, but have expanded it to all the formats tea lovers enjoy.
DeliciousnessTea itself should taste great, not just the flavoring that comes with it.
CommitmentThe relationships we build with our growers, partners, employees, and loyal customers and are for the long-term benefit of all.
Doing the Right ThingFrom sourcing organic tea to using compostable packaging, we strive to act ethically and honestly in all we do and find ways to give back.
EducationWe spread knowledge about tea at every turn, so that more people can find and appreciate their perfect cup.