rishi timeline

1997:
- Rishi Tea founded by Joshua Kaiser

2000:
- Best New Tea Award received at SCAA Tea Competition

2001:
- Best New Tea Award received at SCAA Tea Competition
- Rishi Tea becomes a featured tea supplier to renowned San Francisco based Restaurant, Gary Danko, recipient of the esteemed James Beard Foundation "Best Chef - California" Award

2002:
- Best Hot Tea Award for Organic Golden Needle at SCAA Tea Competition, making Rishi Tea the first company to win this prestigious award three times
- Receives USDA’s NOP Organic Certification
- Introduces Bai Mu Dan - the first Organic Certified White Tea imported to the U.S.
- Introduces the first Organic Certified Pu-erh tea to the U.S.

2003:
- Jingmai Mangjing Antique Tea Garden Fair Trade Project established by Rishi Tea in Yunnan, China.
- Prestigious Authentic Food Artisan (AFA) designation awarded for Jasmine Pearl, Pu-erh Tuo Cha and Silver Needle from Whole Foods Market - the world’s largest natural and organic supermarket

2004:
- Frontera Grill, winner of the 2007 James Beard "Outstanding Restaurant" award, and Topolobampo choose Rishi Tea as their exclusive tea supplier

2005:
- Organic Fair Trade Iced Tea product line launches

2006:
- Winner of two First Place awards for Organic Iced Tea at the World Tea Championship (Organic Pure for “Unflavored Black Tea” and Organic Citron Green for “Green Tea”)
- Xuan En Yulu Fair Trade Project established by Rishi Tea in Hubei, China
- Oolong, Sencha and Genmai 100% Natural Tealeaf Powders launches
- Rishi Tea’s Chai Concentrate featured on The Food Network’s Unwrapped

2007:
- Mannong Manmai Fair Trade Tea Project established by Rishi Tea in Yunnan, China
- Introduces the first premium Organic Japanese Green Tea from the Kagoshima Organic Project to the U.S.

2008:
- Winner of 7 First Place Award for Best Tea at the World Tea Championship, more than any other competitor and the first company to win with organic tea.
- Organic Iced Tea packaging transitions to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified paper manufactured with 100% renewable wind energy and 80% post-consumer waste that is elemental chlorine free, acid free, 100% recyclable and printed with soy ink.
- Organic Cinnamon Plum (seasonal blend) launches in partnership with Clean Water Fund - over $4,200 is donated to Clean Water Fund.

2009:
- Winner of 11 First Place Awards for Best Tea at the World Tea Championship, more than twice that of any other competitor.
- Natural Tealeaf Powder packaging transitions to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified paper manufactured with 100% renewable wind energy and 80% post-consumer waste that is elemental chlorine free, acid free, 100% recyclable and printed with soy ink.
- Taste of Origin program launches with 3 new Organic and Fair Trade Gift Sets featuring tea from Mannong Manmai in Yunnan, China.
- Organic and Fair Trade Certified™ Chai Concentrate launches in tetra pak in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute.
- Organic Cinnamon Plum raises $6,000 for Clean Water Fund.

2010:
- Taste of Origin gift sets receive American Package Design Award.
- Winner of seven First Place Awards at the North American Tea Championship.
- Masala Chai Concentrate receives NASFT Sofi™ Award.
- Chai Retail Line launches with five organic & Fair Trade blends.
- Herbal Retail Line launches with ten organic & Fair Trade blends.

2011:
- Green Tea Retail Line expands with two organic Japanese teas.
- Winner of four First Place Awards at the North American Tea Championship, Bao Zhong receiving highest rating of 90.
- Chai retail line won Best New Product- Packaging at the Specialty Coffee Event of the Year hosted by SCAA.
- Mango, Raspberry & Everyday joins Rishi Tea’s Iced Tea Line.
- Introduces new Fruit Tea to the foodservice industry.
- Matcha, Genmai and Sencha Sticks receive a face-lift in the form of new packaging.