It started with green tea bags in thermoses and before long I made my first order of true, single-origin, loose leaf tea. The rest is history. I mostly drink sheng pu’er these days, with some oolongs and the occasional black or green. I will always have more to learn about tea, and since I’m learning anyway I wanted to start sharing that along the way. I may make mistakes, but I will always do my best to correct them and share accurate knowledge with you. A little about my personal life: I am vegan, zero waste, and do my best to live intentionally. I am very interested in exploring the intersection of tea with those ideals. Expect more from this website over the next few years.

Want To Get In Touch?

I’m happy to chat about anything, just shoot me a message. We can talk about what tea you’re drinking or I can do my best to answer any questions. Also, if you’re a vendor/blogger and want to connect or work together, I’m always up for that (I’m sure we can figure something out!)

Why Breathing Leaves?

Do leaves actually breathe? They absorb carbon dioxide and expel oxygen, whether or not you want to call that breathing is up to you. We don’t typically think of the leaves we use to brew tea as living (because they aren’t), but they once were. Trees are living beings as well - they are not “things” that we can use however we please. They may experience life slowly and silently, but a lot goes on both above and beneath the forest floor that we are not capable of seeing.

So, if we are going to harvest their leaves then we need to make sure they are taken care of and we aren’t damaging the environment around them. I am vegan because I believe we should treat all living beings with respect and trees are no exception. I am not claiming to be perfect in this regard, but I think it is something we can all work towards. When we start to think about what pesticides and fertilizers are used on the trees that make our tea, what our tea is packaged in (single-use plastic, perhaps?) and where that brand new teapot will end up 100 years from now (a landfill most likely), we can have an incredible impact on the environment around us. Hopefully, then, the trees that grow our tea will continue to thrive, and we can keep drinking in good conscience.

Shui Xian