Founded in 1991, LockCha opened its first small tea retail shop in Shatin, Hong Kong and was soon to establish its name in providing good quality tea and service to the community. As at that time, most of the traditional tea shops were basically controlled by Chaozhou (Swatow) people who imported their teas from the China national import and export corporations, which was an average tea blended to different grades, and then they re-roasted them in Hong Kong . However, it was far from satisfaction for tea lovers and connoisseurs. Lock Cha Tea Shop aimed to provide teas directly from the tea farmers and selected tea carefully under the personal supervision of its founder, Mr. Ip Wing-chi. Its unblended, pure, single-harvest, estate tea concept gained the recognition of the customers and developed rapidly. Now it consists of two retail shops in Hong Kong and one joined company Lock Cha America in United States.