Haizhen Pan, a Shanghai native and our company’s founder, made her first trip to a tea farm in 1997. The farm manager pointed to two large hills and told her, “Haizhen, you should lease those two hills... and produce exactly the tea that you want.”
She couldn’t afford that much land at the time, but she did know the type of tea that she wanted: organic, sustainably priced, and delicious. If she could not have the land, she would travel around and find the farmers who could produce these teas. Thus, Haizhen founded TWO HILLS TEA in the picturesque town of Nelson, BC, and became the first organic tea provider in North America. The friendly locals – health-oriented and craving organic products – happily embraced Haizhen’s vision. TWO HILLS TEA received is first organic certification in 2003, long before Canada Organic Regime came into effect.
In 2013, TWO HILLS TEA relocated to its present home in Richmond, BC. Haizhen has since retired, and our current owners Pedro and Brian are passionate tea hunters who still travel the world looking for the best organic tea.
We visit every supplier to check out their crops and only select tea from certified organic co-op tea farms. The tea we bring back is regularly tested to make sure it’s free of harmful pesticides, heavy metals, and GMOs. We pride ourself on providing top-notch products and believe that everybody should have access to delicious, organic, affordably priced tea.