Ancient tea tree grove

Tea Origins – Ancient Tea Trees

Tea’s origins are found with the ancient tea trees in southern Yunnan, China. Several tea mountains are found in this region and are said to be the origins of Camellia sinensis, or the birthplace of tea. From here, tea emanated out to surrounding regions such as Assam, India, and Thailand. The region is isolated and hard to get to. However, the ride we took in the tiny bus jammed like sardines was worth it. To walk among the ancient tea trees, some 700 to 1,000 years old, beneath the rainforest canopy, was spectacular and humbling. The Dai people, the mountain inhabitants, have picked the tea on this mountain for millennia, and the tea from this region reflects the depth and intimacy between the people and this amazing plant.

We are fortunate to offer tea from our friends at Jingmai Mountain. They follow stringent quality control measures, and their tea is known for superb quality. These teas completely stand on their own. The mineral make-up and flavor is unique to this farm alone. The flavor is consistent and complex, and the tea reflects the layers of depth of knowledge this company has. Drink this tea knowing that it brings with it history and complexity.

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