A Tea Farm in Coffee Land Colombia

A Tea Farm in Coffee Land Colombia

Coffee is king in Colombia, so why start a tea farm in coffee country? The mile high elevation, with its rapidly changing weather and naturally rich soil, made the Llanos family’s land ideal for tea. In 1946, the Llanos wanted to cultivate coffee. But one of the Llano sons pushed for growing tea. He had lived in England and developed a taste for tea. These are the historical roots from which Bitaco Tea grew.

Bitaco produces some of the best tea in the world in a sustainable manner while investing heavily in its community. To meet these goals, Bitaco supports several programs, including elementary and adult education, physical education and music, river restoration, recycling and bird restoration, to name a few. Their stewardship of the land is so great that the songbird population found at the farm is very high. Several universities use Bitaco’s bird population as a study site.

One thing is abundantly clear, this Colombian tea tastes good and stands up to its Eastern counterparts.  The black tea is reminisce of a bold Assam black tea with chocolate notes, while the green is complex and fresh. The black tea is so distinct that our staff can detect our Birdsong Black just by smelling the leaf! If Chile and Argentina could establish an independent wine culture from their European forbearers, then why not Colombian tea? We proudly sell and serve Colombian tea from Bitaco in South America!

Related content:

Learn about our partnership with Bitaco Tea.

Listen to an interview with Missoula’s local radio The Trail 103.3 and Bitaco Tea.

Sustainable Tea in Colombia  Watch MT KPAX news story on Bitaco’s visit to Lake Missoula Tea Company.

Learn about our nearly month-long trip to Colombia, South America in search of quality tea in a place ruled by coffee. Watch Missoula, MT’s KPAX news story!

136 E Broadway St, Missoula
Judy Hogg
Best store in Montana possibly in all of the United States. I don't know. This is the first Gong Fu tea shop I've ever been to. I came in for a matcha whisk because I donated mine to a museum. Before I left a random customer who was introduced to me as a regular bought me tea. I hugged him which isn't something I normally do. But I was incredibly thankful. Then the man behind the counter gave me a free sample. I went in looking for a simple tool and left with tea and a happy spirit. I am looking forward to making it back as soon as possible! I loved it. I think it will always hold a special place in my blood pumping organ.
Sari Barnes
This atmosphere of this shop is so wonderfully cozy and pleasant. The menu has such a nice selection of to-go options and the loose teas to purchase for home brewing are phenomenal and in vast selection. The service was quick and friendly. I came here with my family and we bought many of the different teas to try, as well as some to-go teas. My sister and I really enjoyed their house Chai. It was the perfect amount of spice and tea, like a spicy hug for your soul. I will be recommending this shop to others in the future.
Brooke Blackler
I've been going to Lake Missoula Tea Company for years, and recently have had the privilege of putting some of their tea in my store. The quality of the tea is fantastic, and the blends are delightful. I have also attended one of their tasting / learning events and it was great. I highly recommend their downtown store for meeting with friends, family or even just for a nice place to go and have a cup of perfectly brewed tea.
Tim Specht
Amazing variety great prices and they'll brew top shelf teas you may be reluctant to buy before trying for a dollar more. Great selection for Missoula. Friendly knowledgeable staff and beautiful tea sets and accessories
Ashley Nelson
The atmosphere was so relaxing and pleasant I could stay there all day! The staff are super helpful and polite and helped me with all my questions (not to mention some helpful tips from patrons as well). The tea they have is top notch and all the selection you could ask for