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IMPERIAL TEA COURT
Imperial Tea Court, San Francisco’s renowned and award-winning traditional Chinese teahouse, has been providing the finest Chinese green, white, oolong, and puerh tea sold in America for over two decades.
Under the guidance of Tea Master Roy Fong and his wife Grace, the teahouse has expanded beyond San Francisco to additional locations in Berkeley and online, always retaining its unique character and sharp focus on quality and centuries-old Chinese best practices for growing, processing, preparing, and sharing tea.
THE REPUBLIC OF TEA
The Republic of Tea enriches people’s lives through its premium teas, education and innovation, as it emphasizes a “Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp” lifestyle. Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a specialty tea revolution. Today the brand offers an unequaled selection of the highest-quality teas, herbal blends, books and nature-inspired sip ware, available exclusively at specialty retailers throughout the U.S. Further, The Republic of Tea is mindful of how its actions impact the greater community and actively supports worthy organizations like the Whole Planet Foundation, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Room to Read, Action Against Hunger, The Ethical Tea Partnership, Rainforest Alliance certification and Non-GMO Project verification.
We started Pique because we believe that what we put into our bodies should be healthy and good. We also believe in the transformative power of tea. It is the world’s healthiest beverage and highly regarded for its powerful health benefits.
We are committed to helping people make smarter beverage choices by making the healthier option — Tea — the easier option (easy to prepare, more antioxidants, great tasting and easy to enjoy). One cup at a time, we can make a meaningful health impact to ourselves and those around us. Spread across a neighborhood, a community, a country - this change becomes exponential. Together, we can create a powerful movement.
Ito En is a Japanese multinational beverage company specializing in tea production, distribution, and sales. Ito En is the largest green tea distributor in Japan. Its products include unsweetened, bottled green tea and loose leaf tea.
BURMA LOVE NATURAL FOODS COMPANY
Burma Superstar restaurants have been credited with popularizing Burmese cuisine outside of Myanmar and have achieved cult-status in the SF Bay Area. As an extension of our restaurants and our love for all things Burma, Burma Love Natural Foods Company brings Burma-inspired food products and Fermented Tea Leaves inspired natural food products to our customers. We hope to offer authentic foods that are natural, healthy, plant based, ethnic, fermented and tea based and strive to make our products more readily available and accessible to those who wish to enjoy them more frequently without having to wait in line or having to travel to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Our “Laphet” (fermented tea leaves) is used as a basis for our creating award-winning salads and condiments in our restaurants. The laphet is made with tender organic green tea buds that have been hand-picked and fermented by farmers in the mountains of Burma (Myanmar).
We work with farmers in a special tea growing region of Burma where their earthy flavor notes are a reflection of the rich terroir. We helped these farmers to create a co-op and get organic certification. These leaves are naturally fermented underground for up to six months creating a unique and authentic taste with delicious umami-rich flavor that is savory and energizing and loaded with potent variety of antioxidants.