Organic Darjeeling Black Tea
This tea comes from the small farmers of Mineral Springs Co-op in Darjeeling, India. Mineral Springs members grow tea as one part of a diversified production system, usually with spices, oranges, or dairy. The farmers from this beautiful hill community are deeply committed to organic and sustainable production.
Most teas — even Fair Trade teas — come from large-scale plantations and tea estates where workers have little say, and are trapped in a system of dependency. Equal Exchange’s fairly traded, organic teas are different! We buy our delicious tea directly from democratically-organized groups of growers. When small-scale farmers gain access to the global market, they have more economic power, better lives, and healthier communities.
Aroma: delicate oak notes, wine, citrus, vanilla
Flavor: raisin, carmelized sugar, floral, sweet, velvetty body and refined astringency
Measurements: 40g (1.41 oz), 20 tea bags per box.
Ingredients: Organic black tea leaves.
Steep instructions: Just under boiling (195 - 205F). Steep for 2-4 minutes.
Care Instructions: Store in a cool, dry place.
Country of Origin: India.*Due to the artisanal nature of this product, color and size may vary.
THE STORY BEHIND THE PRODUCT
Artisan Organization: Equal Exchange
Country: India/South Africa
Equal Exchange is more than just a tea—it’s a model in which tea farmers have a voice and are in control of their futures. Whereas most tea, even most Fair Trade tea, is grown on plantations, Equal Exchange seeks to do its part in revolutionizing the industry by investing in small farmer partners. These producers have often been marginalized and even pushed off the most fertile lands by plantation owners.
But a new future is in sight and each delicious cup you enjoy of your new stash has something to do with it. Democratically organized and in total control of their livelihoods, production, and land, the farmers behind your next tea time are pioneers in much needed environmental and social reform within the industry.