Samurai means “to serve.”

Tamurai means “to serve through tea.”


We begin with the selection and consumption of high quality tea. Through the consumption of tea, we make the connection to the earth and the sun. As our astronauts and NASA researchers continue to learn, only the connection to our earth, our atmospherically filtered sunlight, and that which they produce can sustain life as we know it.   Through this connection and creation, our mind, body, and soul are supplied with a cascade of life sustaining nutrients and antioxidants. Certain combinations of these nutrients are found only in the various teas created by our wonderful planet. The teas we support and supply are organic due to the fact tea is one of the few consumable products which makes its way directly from field to cup without any cleaning or washing. If a tea plant or tea field is sprayed with toxic harmful chemicals or fertilizers, they are consumed with the tea.  An additional consideration is that when consuming the highest quality of tea: the first growth, the earliest picking; the highest concentration of nutrients are consumed.  Older tea leaves are found to be out of balance, with higher concentrations of minerals that may be harmful to our health.

Nature designs tea to be consumed at a slower pace, so we encourage tea to explore the internal universe within each of us. As we unfold the discoveries within, we can then make the peaceful and harmonious connections with those we encounter in life. These connections whether individual or shared bring much satisfaction and joy. It is with this spirit of joy we thank you for sharing your journey of tea, spirit, and life. It is with great honor that we recommend and make available the products and services contained within.

 “I have three treasures, which I guard and keep.  The first is compassion.  The second is economy.  The third is humility.  From compassion comes courage.  From economy comes the means to be generous.  From humility comes responsible leadership.”  —Lao-Tse

Once we are on the journey of balance, we are then ready to seek the harmony of the “me/we” relationship that allows the healing of our world and those of its inhabitants.  We learn of how we connect and influence community.  We learn and share the vibrations that are so subtle, but yet so powerful.  These vibrations can only be felt with the heart and measured by the health and harmony of our internal and external environments.

We begin our quest with tea, share it through meditation & prayer, and grow it through our understanding and developing awareness as keys to unlock the secrets within.  Meditation & prayer unfolds Lao Tse’s compassionate courage, tea flowers the economy of generosity, and our growing humility through understanding allows us to lead others by example.


Why Rishi Tea & Botanicals

rishi•i /’riSHē/ noun

Sanskrit: One who is a seer, sage or seeker of truth.

The Vanguard of Tea Since 1997

Independently owned, direct trade importer of organic teas and botanicals. Inspired by tradition and global culinary arts.

Rishi Tea was founded on the commitment to set the standard for quality and expand the awareness of tea and its rich, inspirational tradition. We offer superb tea and botanicals imported directly from gardens across the world. We draw inspiration from ancient artisanal practices that use organic cultivation techniques as well as modern culinary innovation. From our modest beginnings over twenty years ago to becoming an established leader in the specialty tea market, our mission has never wavered.

Our Promise to You

Our commitment to sustainability is a core part of our mission that stems from the organic tea gardens where our teas and botanicals are harvested. Our firsthand experience in many tea-growing regions led to our heightened awareness of the dire need for social responsibility. Rishi Tea was among the first to earn organic certification under the USDA’s Natural Organic Program in November of 2002.



We believe that organic certified teas and herbs, grown without the use of agrochemicals like pesticides and fertilizers, are generally healthier for the environment, farmers and tea drinkers alike.

Direct Trade

We are a Direct Trade importer of organic teas and botanicals from the very best sources. Our Direct Trade is founded upon long-standing, personal relationships with growers who cultivate ecologically sustainable gardens in remote locations around the world.

Culinary Inspired

Tea was originally a food and medicine long before it became a steeped beverage. It is only natural that our tea practice draws inspiration from numerous disciplines, including third wave coffee, cocktail mixology, sommeliers’ oenology, botanical apothecary, and the traditional culinary arts from global food cultures.

The Beginnings of Rishi

Rishi Tea began in 1997 when Joshua Kaiser, founder and tea buyer, recognized that the traditional handcrafted teas he grew so fond of during his travels in Asia were rarely available elsewhere. Joshua felt that North American consumers would embrace artisan tea as they did single origin coffee and fine varietal wine. We travel thousands of miles each year to the diverse points of origin where our teas are harvested, maintaining the personal relationships we have developed over the years with farmers and artisans whose families have been making traditional teas for generations.


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The Fruit & Folly by Rishi Tea & Botanicals

The Fruit and the Folly

The Fruit and the Folly



2 oz bourbon
2 oz peach nectar
1 oz rosemary simple syrup
3 oz brewed Rishi Peach Blossom White Tea
dash balsamic glaze


  1. Shake all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker until well blended.
  2. Garnish inside lining of serving glass with additional balsamic glaze.
  3. Strain into serving glass.
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HOW TO COLD BREW TEA by Rishi Tea & Botanicals

Each tea category has an ideal range for water temperature when brewing. The brewing vessel and infusion time are important to consider and will also greatly affect the outcome of the flavors. Specific tea brewing vessels are preferred for certain teas. The traditional kyusu is a great way to brew Japanese green tea and the gaiwan is perfect, but not limited to, brewing oolong teas.

Rishi Tea & Botanicals includes instruction on how to brew for each of our products, including the brewing method. Generally, brewing instructions with water temperature, steep time, and dosage are found on our packaging. No matter how you plan to brew your tea, check out our brewing guides below with videos and step-by-step instructions.



The process of cold-brewing steeps tea leaves slowly, using time rather than temperature to release flavors and catechins gently. This results in a smooth body with complex flavors and reduced bitterness. Not only is cold brew tea easy to prepare, it can be considered a more fool-proof method of brewing a refreshing and delicious cup of true-tasting tea, as the need for achieving precise water temperature is eliminated.!


To prepare Cold Brew Tea, you will need:
1. 1000ml Simple Brew Tea Pot
2. Kettle with hot water
3. Pitcher with cool or room temperature water
4. Tea


Measure 2 to 3 tablespoons of loose leaf tea into a 1000 ml Simple Brew Tea Pot


Add a small amount of hot water to your Simple Brew Tea Pot. It should be just enough to cover your tea leaves. We crash the tea leaves with a small amount of hot water before adding cold water to ensure food safety.


Fill the rest of your Simple Brew Tea Pot with cool or room temperature water and cover. Put your Simple Brew Tea Pot in the refrigerator.

In general, most cold brew teas are ready to drink after 2-4 hours of steeping. Some Japanese teas require even shorter infusions, while ball rolled oolong tea may need significantly more time. Feel free to experiment with the about of tea and infusion time to find your desired brew strength



Remove from refrigerator and separate brew from leaves by decanting fully into a new vessel. Serve without ice. Store in refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

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