This is a company you may see in many stores. Grocery, natural, souvenir stores, Rishi has certainly found their foothold. And they do a good job by making sure to source through direct trade which you can read more about below. They declined to answer personally so the answers below I’ve put together the best I could give what I could find on their website. Joshua Kaiser if you happen to read this I’d greatly appreciate your personal answers.
Company Name: Rishi Tea & Botanicals
Location: Milwaukee, WI (headquarters). Online and found in many stores
Rishi Tea was founded on the commitment to set the standard for quality and expand the awareness of tea and its rich, inspirational tradition. We offer premium tea and botanicals imported directly from gardens across the world. We draw inspiration from ancient artisanal practices that use organic cultivation techniques as well as modern culinary innovation. From our modest beginnings over twenty years ago to becoming an established leader in the specialty tea market, our mission has never wavered.
Most popular company tea(s)?
Earl Grey, Blueberry Hibiscus, Blueberry Rooibos, Chamomile Medley, Elderberry Healer… There are many and you can find them all listed here.
Does the company name have a meaning?
Sanskrit: One who is a seer, sage or seeker of truth
Do you participate in any charities?
Did not find on their website.
What is your (or any of your other co-workers) favorite tea?
Not found on their website
What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?
“We work directly with the producers and pay fair prices for the crops that they grow.” More on their direct trade practices here. “Sustainable Business Is Conscious Business. A consciously sustainable culture is the very fabric of Rishi Tea & Botanicals.”
What role does tea play in our lives?
Had to take a guess at this one because there wasn’t anywhere on the site that answered this very well but I thought this was close. “Tea was originally a food and medicine long before it became a steeped beverage. It is only natural that our tea practice draws inspiration from numerous disciplines, including third wave coffee, cocktail mixology, sommeliers’ oenology, botanical apothecary, and the traditional culinary arts from global food cultures.”