JING Tea is a brand owner, supplier and exporter of the finest teas online and to the worlds 5-star hotels, Michelin starred restaurants and retailers. JING Tea wants to give you the best drinking experience while helping tea producers and their environments to thrive.
In the beginning, I knew that if every cup of JING was going to be great, it would have to be the result of rigorous and thoughtful sourcing.
Since 2004, we’ve searched extensively, building longstanding personal relationships, to find delicious teas that best embody the unique character and taste of their origin.
We have shared the stories of the people that created them and shown our customers how to make and enjoy them.
I feel grateful for many things. In particular, I feel very grateful to my mum for her vegetable garden because, even before I learnt to speak, I saw how much of the food my family ate was grown – where it came from and the role of people in making it.
For tea drinkers across the globe, that connection with how, where and by whom tea is grown has largely been lost. Yet, in countries where the connection has survived, the unique places and people that produce distinctive and characterful teas are widely celebrated. The first time I went to China, I truly understood the value tea can hold within a culture: I knew it could be so much more than a commodity in a kitchen cupboard. I started JING because I wanted to share this experience of tea in all its glory.
JING exists to bring the most fulfilling tea drinking experience to people around the world. That experience is tied up in the quality of the tea’s flavours and aromas – its distinctive character, which in turn depends on where the tea came from, and the skills and culture of those who made it.
Ultimately, great tea is a simple pleasure that depends on people and nature working together in harmony. From garden to cup, it’s about amazing tea leaves, lovingly produced in unique environments; packaging that keeps those leaves at peak freshness; and teaware that gives people at home an easy way to fully appreciate the character and natural purity of their tea.
I didn’t get a taste of high quality, single-origin, loose leaf tea until I was travelling at 16 and stumbled across a beautiful Asian-style tea house. The owner introduced me to green teas from China and Japan. They tasted and felt so good – rich, naturally pure and accessible. There was no going back.
A few years later, I got to travel around China. I was looking for an ancient culture that was still living. At that time, travelling around the country was difficult and I couldn’t find anything beyond the obvious tourist traps. Slowly I began to see the ancient culture that existed in people and their everyday things: conversation, food, medicine and tea.
In China, teas are often handpicked and hand-processed by a single farming family that has lived on the same land for generations. Discovering this was huge for me: I could enjoy something delicious, made with respect for craftsmanship, culture, environment and good health.
I fell in love with Asia and its teas. After China, I visited Japan and Taiwan, then India and Sri Lanka – each time finding unique tea cultures that were true to generations of producers. As I went, I began to build a picture of JING: a range of single garden teas, produced by masters, stored well and served effortlessly.