Mighty Leaf Tea
Mighty Leaf was born out of a shared passion for whole leaf tea. Founders Gary Shinner and Jill Portman fell in love with whole leaf tea in the mid-90’s over a pot of Chinese Oolong tea while shopping for engagement rings. A few years later, they made the bold decision to leave their jobs in investment banking and architecture to open a modern day tea house and share their love of whole leaf tea with others. In 1996, they packed up their lives in Chicago, moved to San Francisco, and opened “Tea & Company” on Fillmore Street. Tea and Co was the first of its kind in San Francisco and perhaps a little ahead of its time. Brew A Cup Here!
In 2000, after the dot-com crash, Jill and Gary decided to close their tea shop. However, they did not give up on their passion. They already had wholesale customers and knew that they could share the whole leaf tea experience with a broader audience by supplying upscale restaurants and hotels with Mighty Leaf’s signature and proprietary hand-stitched pouches. Over the next 10 years, they built an impressive clientele list including Michelin starred restaurants, five-star hotels and luxury cruise lines, most of whom Mighty Leaf continues to serve today.