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Sourcing & Ingredients

sustainable sourcing


We partner with 3 of the top US specialty importers bringing organic and sustainable teas, herbs & spices from all over the world. Our sourcing partnerships have evolved over the past 10+ years nurturing direct personal relationships with strategically selected growers. Our suppliers share the common goal of advanced sanitary agricultural practices and clean processing methods.

sustainable sourcing


We partner with 3 of the top US specialty importers bringing organic and sustainable teas, herbs & spices from all over the world. Our sourcing partnerships have evolved over the past 10+ years nurturing direct personal relationships with strategically selected growers. Our suppliers share the common goal of advanced sanitary agricultural practices and clean processing methods.

sustainable sourcing


We partner with 3 of the top US specialty importers bringing organic and sustainable teas, herbs & spices from all over the world. Our sourcing partnerships have evolved over the past 10+ years nurturing direct personal relationships with strategically selected growers. Our suppliers share the common goal of advanced sanitary agricultural practices and clean processing methods.

teas


Bai Mudan White Tea

Bai Mudan, or White Peony, tea is a type of white tea. White teas are the least processed type of tea and mostly use the tea buds rather than the leaves. They’re minimally processed, resulting in a lighter flavor and smell.

Flavor
Mellow, earthy, and floral

Function 
Contains antioxidants
May reduce risk of heart disease

Black Tea

Black tea is a type of tea that is more oxidized and is generally stronger in flavor than other teas.

Flavor
Dark, malty, nutty and bold

Function 
Contains antioxidants
May boost heart health

Green Tea

Genmaicha - Gunpowder - Sencha

Green tea is made from unoxidized leaves and is one of the less processed types of tea. It therefore contains the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols.

Flavor
Grassy and vegetal

Function
May help balance blood sugar levels
May reduce inflammation

Rooibos

Rooibos tea, also known as red tea, is a herbal tea made using leaves from a shrub called Aspalathus linearis, native to South Africa and is not related to green or black tea.

Flavor
Woody and nutty with a natural sweetness

Function
May improve cholesterol levels
Contains antioxidants

Shade Grown Yerba Maté

Yerba maté is a caffeine-rich herb native to South America and is in the Holly family. The leaves of this plant are dried and used to make tea.

Flavor
Earthy, vegetal, herbaceous and bittersweet

Function
Boost energy and improves mental focus
High in antioxidants and nutrients

fruits + honey


Colorado Wildflower Raw Honey

Honey is a thick, sweet syrup made by honey bees from the nectar of plants. Unlike regular honey which may undergo a variety of processing, raw honey is only strained before it's bottled, which means it retains most of the beneficial nutrients and antioxidants that it naturally contains.

Flavor
Sweet, floral, caramely

Function
Good source of antioxidants
May help with digestive issues

Cranberries

Cranberries are low, creeping shrubs or vines in the evergreen family with dark pink flowers and berries that turn from green to red.

Flavor
Tart, sour, and fruity

Function

Nutrient dense superfood
Contains antioxidants

Currants

Small berries that grow on flowering shrubs of the Ribes family and are similar to gooseberries. There are several varieties that vary in color from deep dark purple, to bright red, to a light translucent white.

Flavor
Sweet, bright, acidic berry flavor

Function
Good source of fiber & Vitamin C
Contains antioxidants

Elderberries

Dark blue-purple berries of the elder tree, a shrub with flowers similar in appearance to honeysuckle.

Flavor
Bright, tart, earthy, and floral

Function
Contains antioxidants
May boost the immune system

Orange Peel

Sweet oranges are one of the most popular and widely cultivated fruits in the world. The edible peel lends bright, tangy flavor to teas, baked goods and other culinary goods. Dried orange peel is also used to make body scrubs, and potpourri blends.

Flavor
Citrusy with a slightly tart finish

Function
High in fiber
Good source of Vitamin C

Peach Juice

The juice of peaches, a stone fruit with juicy yellow flesh and fuzzy pinkish-yellow skin

Flavor
Sweet, floral, sometimes tangy

Function
Rich in many vitamins and minerals
May aid digestion

Pear Apple Juice

A combination of juices from apples and pears, both fruits in the pome family that are slightly sweet and juicy

Flavor
Sweet, juicy

Function
Good source of Vitamin C
Contains antioxidants

Pineapple Juice

The juice of pineapples, a tropical fruit native to South America

Flavor
Sweet, tropical, tangy

Function
May boost the immune system
May aid in digestion

Pomegranate Juice

The juice of pomegranates, a fruit that is redish-purple in color and is native to Iran and northern India. It’s seeds and juice are consumed.

Flavor
Similar to cranberries or cherries, they are tart with a bit of sweetness underneath

Function
High in antioxidants
May improve gut health and reduce inflammation in the digestive tract

spices


Cardamom

Cardamom is a spice made from the seed pods of various plants in the ginger family. The seed pods are small, triangular in cross-section and spindle-shaped, with a thin, papery outer shell and small, black seeds.

Flavor 
Herbal and warm with a slightly bitter, citrus-like finish

Function
May help lower blood pressure
Contains antioxidants

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne is a type of chili pepper closely related to jalapeño and bell peppers. It is usually moderately hot and is used to flavor dishes.

Flavor
Mildly hot and spicy

Function
Has metabolism-boosting qualities
May lower blood pressure

Cinnamon


Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of a tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. It is used as a flavoring in a wide variety of cuisines.

Flavor
Warming, spicy and earthy

Function
Contains antioxidants
May help fight infections and repair tissue damage

Clove

Cloves are flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. They are native to Indonesia, and are commonly used as a spice.

Flavor
Warm, spicy and slightly bitter

Function
Rich source of manganese, an essential mineral for maintaining brain function and building strong bones
May help block the growth of bacteria

Fennel Seed

Fennel seeds come from the Fennel plant, a flowering plant in the carrot family that’s native to the Mediteranean. It is an herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves.

Flavor
Delicate and mild licorice-like flavor

Function
Good source of manganese, an essential mineral for maintaining brain function and building strong bones
Good source of fiber

Ginger

Ginger is a flowering plant native to Asia, whose rhizome, ginger root or ginger, is widely used as a spice and food preservative in Indian, Japanese, and Chinese cuisines. The dried root is also used to make teas, tinctures and infused oils.

Flavor
Zesty and slightly sweet spice with a peppery bite

Function
Aids digestion
Has anti-inflammatory properties

Peppercorns

Green - Black - Pink

The pepper plant is a vine that produces a berry-like fruit that contains a single seed, commonly referred to as a peppercorn. Peppercorns vary in color because they are harvested and/or processed differently.

Pink peppercorns are actually not related and are a berry from a different plant in the cashew family but have a similar peppery flavor

Flavor 
Moderately spicy and pungent

Function 
Boosts absorption of nutrients
Promotes gut health

botanicals


Balsam Fir Needles

Balsam fir is a small to medium-size evergreen tree native to North America.

Flavor
Piney and woody with citrus notes  

Function
Contains vitamin C
May help treat coughs and colds

Blackberry Leaf

Blackberry is a bramble bush in the rose family. The leaves are used in tea blends, herbal baths, and potpourri.

Flavor 
Light, fruity, grassy and sweet

Function
Contains antioxidants
May aid in healing sore throats

Calendula

Calendula, also known as Marigold, is a flowering plant native to the Mediterranean, in the daisy, aster and sunflower family. It has bright yellow flowers that are added to tea blends, tinctured, or infused in oil for use in cosmetic items.

Flavor
Citrus-like with a peppery, bitter finish

Function
May improve digestion
May strengthen the immune system

Chamomile

Chamomile is a member of the daisy family and is one of the most popular herbs in the world. The dried flowers are commonly used to brew a soothing tea.

Flavor
Earthy with hints of apple and a floral sweetness

Function
Promotes digestive health
May improve sleep quality

Cornflower Petals

Cornflower is a member of the daisy family noted for its vibrant blue-to-purple flowers. The plant is called cornflower because it often pops up near field crops, like corn.

Flavor
Mild, lightly floral

Function
Adds a vibrant splash of color
Good for skin and hair

Dandelion Root

Dandelions are flowering plants, often thought of as a weed. People use the leaves, stems, flowers, and roots of the dandelion for many purposes. The leaf is commonly used as a salad green and vegetable while the dried root is used to produce a hot beverage that offers a bitter flavor like coffee but without caffeine.

Flavor 
Earthy and herbaceous flavor with astringent notes

Function 
Boosts digestive health
May support the kidneys by acting as a natural diuretic

Echinacea

Echinacea are flowering plants in the daisy family that are native to North America. The root is most often tinctured, and the flowers and leaves of the plant are typically used in tea.

Flavor
Fresh, grassy flavor

Function
May help boost the immune system
Contains antioxidants

Ginseng

Ginseng is the root of plants in the genus Panax, a short, slow-growing plant with fleshy roots.

Flavor 
Bitter and earthy with a touch of sweetness

Function
May increase energy
May have anti-inflammatory effects

Hibiscus

Hibiscus plants are known for their large, colorful flowers. The red variety, Hibiscus Sabdariffa, is most popularly cultivated and dried for making tea.

Flavor
Tart, cranberry-like flavor

Function
High in antioxidants
May lower blood pressure

Lavender

Lavender is an ornamental plant in the mint family with highly aromatic flowers. The flowers are used in the production of cosmetics and perfume, as well as in cooking, especially in French cuisine.

Flavor
Floral and delicately sweet

Function
Calming
May boost mood

Lemongrass

Lemongrass is an ornamental grass native to Asia. It is used culinarily to add citrus flavor to teas and meals.

Flavor
Bright and fresh with lemony notes

Function
Has antimicrobial properties
Has anti-inflammatory properties

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Flavor
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Function
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Lemon Myrtle

Lemon Myrtle is a flowering plant native to Australia. The name comes from the strong lemon-scent that’s emitted from the leaves.

Flavor
Lemony and tangy

Function
Boost the immune system
Regulates the digestive system

Licorice Root

The licorice plant is a legume native to Western Asia and Southern Europe. It is a flowering plant that a sweet, aromatic flavoring can be extracted from the root.

Flavor
Has a strong flavor similar to fennel or anise

Function
Help relieve symptoms of indigestion
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties

Mint

Peppermint - Spearmint

The dried leaf of the mint plant is commonly used in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. The herb is also tinctured or used to make syrups.

Flavor 
Bright, minty and slightly sweet

Function
Rich in nutrients
Aids in digestion

Pink Rose Petals

Rosa canina is the variety of climbing rose grown for food crops. The petals are used to make teas, syrups, elixirs and cosmetics.

Flavor
Earthy and floral, with a slight sweetness

Function
High in vitamin C
High in antioxidants

Rosehips

Rose hips are the round, seed-filled bulbs found underneath rose petals and are usually red-orange in color.

Flavor
delicate, floral flavor that's slightly sweet with a distinct tart aftertaste

Function
Contains antioxidants
Has pain-relieving properties

Safflower

Safflower is a flowering plant in the aster family that produces yellow or reddish-orange flowers similar in shape to thistle. It is sometimes used in cooking as a substitute for saffron and is one of the oldest known crops.

Flavor 
Mild, sweet, chocolaty, tobacco

Function
Rich in fatty acids
May improve blood sugar levels

Skullcap

Skullcaps are flowering plants in the mint family. The roots and leaves have a long history of use in traditional Chinese and Native American medicine.

Flavor
Bitter, earthy and vegetal taste

Function
May boost mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety
Antiviral and antibacterial effects

Stevia Leaf

The stevia plant is part of the Asteraceae family, and is related to daisy and ragweed. The leaves from the stevia bush are commonly used to sweeten food. 

Flavor
Sweet with a hint of anise or licorice-like flavor

Function
Nonnutritive sweetener
May help manage cholesterol

teas


Bai Mudan White Tea

Bai Mudan, or White Peony, tea is a type of white tea. White teas are the least processed type of tea and mostly use the tea buds rather than the leaves. They’re minimally processed, resulting in a lighter flavor and smell.

Flavor
Mellow, earthy, and floral

Function 
Contains antioxidants
May reduce risk of heart disease

Black Tea

Black tea is a type of tea that is more oxidized and is generally stronger in flavor than other teas.

Flavor
Dark, malty, nutty and bold

Function 
Contains antioxidants
May boost heart health

Green Tea

Genmaicha - Gunpowder - Sencha

Green tea is made from unoxidized leaves and is one of the less processed types of tea. It therefore contains the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols.

Flavor
Grassy and vegetal

Function
May help balance blood sugar levels
May reduce inflammation

Rooibos

Rooibos tea, also known as red tea, is a herbal tea made using leaves from a shrub called Aspalathus linearis, native to South Africa and is not related to green or black tea.

Flavor
Woody and nutty with a natural sweetness

Function
May improve cholesterol levels
Contains antioxidants

Shade Grown Yerba Maté

Yerba maté is a caffeine-rich herb native to South America and is in the Holly family. The leaves of this plant are dried and used to make tea.

Flavor
Earthy, vegetal, herbaceous and bittersweet

Function
Boost energy and improves mental focus
High in antioxidants and nutrients


fruits


Bergamot

The bergamot orange is a fragrant citrus fruit the size of an orange, with a yellow or green color. Oil is extracted from the skins and is traditionally used to flavor Earl Grey tea blends.

Flavor
Sharp, intense, citrus flavor

Function
May boost heart health
May aid in digestion

Colorado Wildflower Raw Honey

Honey is a thick, sweet syrup made by honey bees from the nectar of plants. Unlike regular honey which may undergo a variety of processing, raw honey is only strained before it's bottled, which means it retains most of the beneficial nutrients and antioxidants that it naturally contains.

Flavor
Sweet, floral, caramely

Function
Good source of antioxidants
May help with digestive issues

Cranberries

Cranberries are low, creeping shrubs or vines in the evergreen family with dark pink flowers and berries that turn from green to red.

Flavor
Tart, sour, and fruity

Function

Nutrient dense superfood
Contains antioxidants

Currants

Small berries that grow on flowering shrubs of the Ribes family and are similar to gooseberries. There are several varieties that vary in color from deep dark purple, to bright red, to a light translucent white.

Flavor
Sweet, bright, acidic berry flavor

Function
Good source of fiber & Vitamin C
Contains antioxidants

Elderberries

Dark blue-purple berries of the elder tree, a shrub with flowers similar in appearance to honeysuckle.

Flavor
Bright, tart, earthy, and floral

Function
Contains antioxidants
May boost the immune system

Orange Peel

Sweet oranges are one of the most popular and widely cultivated fruits in the world. The edible peel lends bright, tangy flavor to teas, baked goods and other culinary goods. Dried orange peel is also used to make body scrubs, and potpourri blends.

Flavor
Citrusy with a slightly tart finish

Function
High in fiber
Good source of Vitamin C

Peach Juice

The juice of peaches, a stone fruit with juicy yellow flesh and fuzzy pinkish-yellow skin

Flavor
Sweet, floral, sometimes tangy

Function
Rich in many vitamins and minerals
May aid digestion

Pear Apple Juice

A combination of juices from apples and pears, both fruits in the pome family that are slightly sweet and juicy

Flavor
Sweet, juicy

Function
Good source of Vitamin C
Contains antioxidants

Pineapple Juice

The juice of pineapples, a tropical fruit native to South America

Flavor
Sweet, tropical, tangy

Function
May boost the immune system
May aid in digestion

Pomegranate Juice

The juice of pomegranates, a fruit that is redish-purple in color and is native to Iran and northern India. It’s seeds and juice are consumed.

Flavor
Similar to cranberries or cherries, they are tart with a bit of sweetness underneath

Function
High in antioxidants
May improve gut health and reduce inflammation in the digestive tract


spices


Cardamom

Cardamom is a spice made from the seed pods of various plants in the ginger family. The seed pods are small, triangular in cross-section and spindle-shaped, with a thin, papery outer shell and small, black seeds.

Flavor 
Herbal and warm with a slightly bitter, citrus-like finish

Function
May help lower blood pressure
Contains antioxidants

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne is a type of chili pepper closely related to jalapeño and bell peppers. It is usually moderately hot and is used to flavor dishes.

Flavor
Mildly hot and spicy

Function
Has metabolism-boosting qualities
May lower blood pressure

Cinnamon


Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of a tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. It is used as a flavoring in a wide variety of cuisines.

Flavor
Warming, spicy and earthy

Function
Contains antioxidants
May help fight infections and repair tissue damage

Clove

Cloves are flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. They are native to Indonesia, and are commonly used as a spice.

Flavor
Warm, spicy and slightly bitter

Function
Rich source of manganese, an essential mineral for maintaining brain function and building strong bones
May help block the growth of bacteria

Fennel Seed

Fennel seeds come from the Fennel plant, a flowering plant in the carrot family that’s native to the Mediteranean. It is an herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves.

Flavor
Delicate and mild licorice-like flavor

Function
Good source of manganese, an essential mineral for maintaining brain function and building strong bones
Good source of fiber

Ginger

Ginger is a flowering plant native to Asia, whose rhizome, ginger root or ginger, is widely used as a spice and food preservative in Indian, Japanese, and Chinese cuisines. The dried root is also used to make teas, tinctures and infused oils.

Flavor
Zesty and slightly sweet spice with a peppery bite

Function
Aids digestion
Has anti-inflammatory properties

Peppercorns

Green - Black - Pink

The pepper plant is a vine that produces a berry-like fruit that contains a single seed, commonly referred to as a peppercorn. Peppercorns vary in color because they are harvested and/or processed differently.

Pink peppercorns are actually not related and are a berry from a different plant in the cashew family but have a similar peppery flavor

Flavor 
Moderately spicy and pungent

Function 
Boosts absorption of nutrients
Promotes gut health

Vanilla Bean

Vanilla is a spice derived from orchids. It is the fruit of the plant, which is a long, skinny, brown bean pod.

Flavor 
Woody or smoky flavor that’s spicy-sweet

Function 
May soothe gut inflammation and help with other digestion problems
May reduce cholesterol levels


botanicals


Balsam Fir Needles

Balsam fir is a small to medium-size evergreen tree native to North America.

Flavor
Piney and woody with citrus notes  

Function
Contains vitamin C
May help treat coughs and colds

Blackberry Leaf

Blackberry is a bramble bush in the rose family. The leaves are used in tea blends, herbal baths, and potpourri.

Flavor 
Light, fruity, grassy and sweet

Function
Contains antioxidants
May aid in healing sore throats

Calendula

Calendula, also known as Marigold, is a flowering plant native to the Mediterranean, in the daisy, aster and sunflower family. It has bright yellow flowers that are added to tea blends, tinctured, or infused in oil for use in cosmetic items.

Flavor
Citrus-like with a peppery, bitter finish

Function
May improve digestion
May strengthen the immune system

Chamomile

Chamomile is a member of the daisy family and is one of the most popular herbs in the world. The dried flowers are commonly used to brew a soothing tea.

Flavor
Earthy with hints of apple and a floral sweetness

Function
Promotes digestive health
May improve sleep quality

Cornflower Petals

Cornflower is a member of the daisy family noted for its vibrant blue-to-purple flowers. The plant is called cornflower because it often pops up near field crops, like corn.

Flavor
Mild, lightly floral

Function
Adds a vibrant splash of color
Good for skin and hair

Dandelion Root

Dandelions are flowering plants, often thought of as a weed. People use the leaves, stems, flowers, and roots of the dandelion for many purposes. The leaf is commonly used as a salad green and vegetable while the dried root is used to produce a hot beverage that offers a bitter flavor like coffee but without caffeine.

Flavor 
Earthy and herbaceous flavor with astringent notes

Function 
Boosts digestive health
May support the kidneys by acting as a natural diuretic

Echinacea

Echinacea are flowering plants in the daisy family that are native to North America. The root is most often tinctured, and the flowers and leaves of the plant are typically used in tea.

Flavor
Fresh, grassy flavor

Function
May help boost the immune system
Contains antioxidants

Ginseng

Ginseng is the root of plants in the genus Panax, a short, slow-growing plant with fleshy roots.

Flavor 
Bitter and earthy with a touch of sweetness

Function
May increase energy
May have anti-inflammatory effects

Heather Flowers

Heathers are evergreen shrubs with flowers that are typically white, purple, and pink. It is especially popular in Scotland.

Flavor
Earthy, lightly floral

Function
Natural diuretic
Antiseptic properties

Hibiscus

Hibiscus plants are known for their large, colorful flowers. The red variety, Hibiscus Sabdariffa, is most popularly cultivated and dried for making tea.

Flavor
Tart, cranberry-like flavor

Function
High in antioxidants
May lower blood pressure

Lavender

Lavender is an ornamental plant in the mint family with highly aromatic flowers. The flowers are used in the production of cosmetics and perfume, as well as in cooking, especially in French cuisine.

Flavor
Floral and delicately sweet

Function
Calming
May boost mood

Lemongrass

Lemongrass is an ornamental grass native to Asia. It is used culinarily to add citrus flavor to teas and meals.

Flavor
Bright and fresh with lemony notes

Function
Has antimicrobial properties
Has anti-inflammatory properties

Lemon Myrtle

Lemon Myrtle is a flowering plant native to Australia. The name comes from the strong lemon-scent that’s emitted from the leaves.

Flavor
Lemony and tangy

Function
Boost the immune system
Regulates the digestive system

Licorice Root

The licorice plant is a legume native to Western Asia and Southern Europe. It is a flowering plant that a sweet, aromatic flavoring can be extracted from the root.

Flavor
Has a strong flavor similar to fennel or anise

Function
Help relieve symptoms of indigestion
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties

Mint

Peppermint - Spearmint

The dried leaf of the mint plant is commonly used in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. The herb is also tinctured or used to make syrups.

Flavor 
Bright, minty and slightly sweet

Function
Rich in nutrients
Aids in digestion

Pink Rose Petals

Rosa canina is the variety of climbing rose grown for food crops. The petals are used to make teas, syrups, elixirs and cosmetics.

Flavor
Earthy and floral, with a slight sweetness

Function
High in vitamin C
High in antioxidants

Rosehips

Rose hips are the round, seed-filled bulbs found underneath rose petals and are usually red-orange in color.

Flavor
delicate, floral flavor that's slightly sweet with a distinct tart aftertaste

Function
Contains antioxidants
Has pain-relieving properties

Safflower

Safflower is a flowering plant in the aster family that produces yellow or reddish-orange flowers similar in shape to thistle. It is sometimes used in cooking as a substitute for saffron and is one of the oldest known crops.

Flavor 
Mild, sweet, chocolaty, tobacco

Function
Rich in fatty acids
May improve blood sugar levels

Skullcap

Skullcaps are flowering plants in the mint family. The roots and leaves have a long history of use in traditional Chinese and Native American medicine.

Flavor
Bitter, earthy and vegetal taste

Function
May boost mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety
Antiviral and antibacterial effects

Stevia Leaf

The stevia plant is part of the Asteraceae family, and is related to daisy and ragweed. The leaves from the stevia bush are commonly used to sweeten food. 

Flavor
Sweet with a hint of anise or licorice-like flavor

Function
Nonnutritive sweetener
May help manage cholesterol


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