From the Summit Tea Website: "Most of our full leaf tea grown in China is produced by one farmer in the center of the nation. This is a long-term organic relationship – they’re a small family business/we are a small family business. I go there and walk their fields, I know how they cultivate and handle their teas, and I know how they treat their workers. They pick and package our retail and wholesale tea on-site with care to not crush delicate leaves. Then, the teas go into a container which are shipped to the Port of Los Angeles where we pick them up. In addition, Patti and I cherry pick the best teas from those who do it with such excellence, a few contractors blend to our specifications, and we blend a select few in-house."