The story starts with Captain Birchall George Graham, who was posted to India as an officer with the Duke of Wellington's Regiment.
On returning to England after his tour and 18 years of service he sold his commission.
In 1872 he decided to return to India, joining his brother Robert Fuller Graham, and used his savings to make a living by planting tea in Darjeeling.
A founder member of the Darjeeling Tea Association, he lived in India for many years and is buried in Darjeeling where his gravestone lies in the Tea Estate Cemetery.
The seeds of a tea dynasty were planted: subsequent Birchall Grahams continued in the tea trade, successfully developing the business and acquiring the knowledge and expertise to create the finest teas in the world.
Over 140 years after Birchall Graham began planting tea in Darjeeling, his family continue the unbroken tea tradition he started. The present generation of the Graham family continues to trade tea across international markets and the youngest members represent the fifth generation. The company is based in London and has extensive interests in East Africa, including trading offices and a 62,000 sq/ft tea factory in Mombasa, Kenya.
Today, the group has a turnover of more than $100 million USD and is one of the largest exporters of tea from East Africa in the world, buying millions of kilos of tea from this continent every year.