Our CEO, Holly Helt, had her first sip of Japanese Green Tea in 1967, when she was a child living in Japan, and has been enjoying it ever since.
With a burning desire to share this often complex and confusing beverage with the world, Holly started the CHIKI TEA business in 2012 and wrote her first book, Green is the New Black – the glorious rise of Japanese green tea, in which she explains every aspect of Japanese tea, so readers can become familiar with this enchanting world.
Every tea in our online store has been personally sourced by Holly, who insists on working with each producer we deal with, many of whom have become family friends over the years.
Holly insists that we only carry teas made with love and integrity, which we know first hand by working so closely with our tea masters, growers and suppliers.
Our Own Way of Tea
As enthusiastic Japanese green tea hunters, we are always making the very finest teas available to you and fellow sippers around the world. Many of the teas we hunt down are rarely sold outside of Japan, and sometimes our supply is limited to just a few kilos.
Chiki Tea is not like the countless number of tea and matcha drop-shippers and private-labelers, who don't inspect or handle the matcha and tea they sell. We have spent years on the ground in Japan, talking to farmers and tea masters, sometimes collaborating on creating unique blends, available only to Chiki Tea.
All of our product photos are of our actual teas. We do not use stock photography, like so many others. What you see on our site is what you will receive when you order!
We order our tea only in small batches, so we guarantee that the tea you receive is at its maximum freshness. All of our customer orders are packed personally by us at the Chiki Tea Halls of Fulfillment to ensure it arrives safely, securely, and ready for you to make that perfect brew.
Some of the matcha and teas available in our online store are regional and national award-winners and have spent years in the top position in Japan. Not just any company can be granted the right to represent these incredible, rare teas, even in Japan. So as an international company, it is a rare honour to be granted such privilege.
We have spent countless hours working with our specialized producers to brand-target their award-winning matcha and teas for an international audience, allowing us exclusive agreements to market and distribute via our website, in such a way that we don't disrupt or harm their existing domestic distribution or brand awareness. This gives us the opportunity to present some of the most outstanding teas normally only available in Japan. So, when we say our Silk Matcha is the best matcha on the planet, we do really believe that it is the best one that can be found outside of very exclusive tea-circles in Japan.