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Our Story

Raj and Desmond talking about the start of the company, Young Mountain Tea.  Discussing while drinking Kumaon White Peony Tea which would be the first tea that the company would bring on.  At the time it was an experiment for Indian tea producer. Young Mountain Tea

It all began with a promise.

If a Himalayan non-profit would grow tea, Raj would buy their entire harvest. That was in 2013, when Raj was working in the Kumaon Region of N. India on a Fulbright Fellowship. When the non-profit said yes, Raj quit his career in renewable energy to commit fully to exploring the potential of the miraculous tea leaf. The goal was to raise the quality of Indian tea as high as possible and direct import the next generation of Indian specialty tea into the US.

To understand how to make world-class teas, we reached out to pioneers across
 the industry — from Rajah Banerjee at Darjeeling’s legendary Makaibari Estate, the world’s first certified organic tea garden, to the Tinjure Cooperative in Nepal, one of the first community-owned tea production facility in the Indian subcontinent. These progressive leaders serve as our mentors for our work in Kumaon, and we’re proud to offer their teas alongside the Kumaon ones in our collection. Together we’re creating the next generation of Indian teas.Indi Khana's new tea factory in Nilgiri India.  Pioneer in the industry and state of the art tea production facility. Specializes in green and black tea. Young Mountain Tea


We often get asked “So you’re a non-profit, right?” Our answer is no. We are organized as for-profit because we believe that quality tea should stand alone. We want to build a model where the best practices lead to the best teas, period. While we hope you are interested in getting to know more about our work, we also hope you enjoy the tea just its purity – unblended, unflavored, whole leaf magic.
It’s a joy to share the discovery of new teas and innovative practices with our fellow tea drinkers. Cheers!

 

Himalayan Mountain Backdrop.  Where tea is made.  Shadow dramatic landscape.  Young Mountain tea