The most flavorful, fragrant, and potent mint in the world grows right in our own Pacific Northwest backyard. We were the first to use this prized peppermint for teamaking over 40 years ago.
Cultivated in rich, nutrient dense soil, our mint has a distinctly high menthol content — a result of the unique microclimates of the Pacific Northwest. That perfect aromatic sip is the culmination of exceptionally flavorful mint; years of work, collaboration, testing, and mastering; and authentic long-term relationships with local producers founded on decades of renewed business together. Our journey making mint teas is a reflection of creativity and commitment to quality that is part of our soul as a teamaker.
At the heart of our mint teas are the expert farmers in Oregon and Washington that care just as much about quality as we do, and work tirelessly to produce the best tasting mint for us year after year. Although mint grows abundantly in the Pacific Northwest, growing prize mint is not easy. Mint production is a skill that requires persistence, resolve, and dedication.
We rely on our producers for quality and consistency, and they go the extra mile, oftentimes using sustainable agricultural practices. They are the ones who make our teas great.
Our local producers plant and grow peppermint, spearmint, and wild mint, each species requiring a different approach. They are faced with challenging weather conditions and irrigation problems. They diagnose and troubleshoot pest issues using biological methods whenever possible. When producing an organic crop, they help weed acres of mint entirely by hand, often several times a season.
They predict when to cut the mint with precision timing, prepared to harvest at a moments notice to preserve oil content and get the best possible yield. Prior to processing, they let the cut mint dry to the perfect color green, using a level of intuition that only comes from years of experience. Some use traditional, time-honored methods and some eagerly implement new, advanced technologies if it means that extra opportunity for a more prosperous crop.