Founder's Stories

Founder's Stories

Founder's Stories

After meeting in New York, co-founders Levi and Rong Gao now call Wuyishan home. Though they grew up on opposite sides of the world, the energy from the mountainous green reminds them both of their childhoods.




Rong Gao

Co-founder Shifting Senses & Xiang Tu Cha Shuo

Rong believes that curiosity is the beginning of understanding. She is a third-generation tea specialist born in Fujian, China, the ancestral home of tea. Tea is in her roots. Rong’s ongoing passion informs an integral part of her identity.

After spending 5 years studying business and the tea industry in the United States, she returned to China to deepen her connections with master tea crafters. 

As a C.Y. Tung Scholar, she traveled to 11 countries to share her passion, gaining insight into how Chinese culture is perceived and interpreted around the world.

Combining her interests in anthropology, history and economics, Rong shares her perspective of China through intimate, first-person story-telling.




Levi

Co-founder Shifting Senses & Xiang Tu Cha Shuo

An inveterate coffee drinker turned cliff tea evangelist, his background is in communication and strategy.