Mighty Leaf Tea No. 143November 2005
716.2% Three-Year Growth
Revenue: $6.4 million Employees: 33
Founded: 1996 San Rafael, Calif.
What it does: Makes and sells tea and tea accessories to the food service industry and to direct consumers over the internet. Why it’s growing: It’s a high-end brand in the specialty tea category, which is growing thanks to the springboard effect of the coffee boom. Turning point: The company began as a teahouse in the Pacific Heights section of San Francisco. To expand the wholesale business, the teahouse had to be shuttered.