October is Fair Trade Month

You’ve probably all seen these labels on products in the grocery store and in specialty markets:  Fair Trade, Fair for Life, World Fair Trade, Fair Trade Federation.  What they have in common is a focus on the worker with the aim to promote equitable trade. It seeks to help producers in developing countries and covers coffee, cocoa, tea, wine, sugar, bananas, flowers and even handicrafts. It has 4 key goals:

  • To pay farmers a decent, living wage.
  • To create direct trade links to farmers, bypassing exploitative middlemen.
  • To provide access to affordable credit.
  • To promote sustainable practices, such as organic farming, that help protect the environment.

In the tea industry, Makaibari Tea Estate was used as a model in the early 1990s to test and develop fair...

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 Sep 30, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Year of the Rooster!

It's Chinese New Year and we start a Year of the Rooster and end a Year of the Monkey. People born in the Year of the Rooster are considered observant. Resourceful, courageous and talented, Roosters are very confident in themselves and they are hardworking. New Year traditions are colorful and plentiful.  Firecrackers are set off and Red Envelopes with Lucky Money are given to children. New Year Bells are rung and ancestors are remembered.

Each year, the New Year celebrations last for 7 - 10 days. Over 200 million Chinese are on the move to celebrate the New Year or Spring Festival. Train stations like the one below are packed to capacity.  The entire country is on the move. A family reunion dinner on New Year's Eve is a cherished occasion in China and...

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 Jan 27, 2017  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

China Teas for Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year - The China Collection

Ring the Bells - it's Chinese New Year and the start of a Year of the Rooster.  To celebrate it, we're bringing out the best of our China Teas. The cup of kings and emperors, dynasties and kingdoms, China's teas span the entire range of leaf and style. They are fragrant, toasty, mellow, astringent, smokey or robust.  There's one for every mood and every occasion.  We offer you five days of celebration - each day a new tea and each day an opportunity to receive a FREE bonus tea.

Silver Tips Tea Online loose leaf tea China White Tea Collection

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 Jan 27, 2017  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

In Praise of Organic Green Dew Tea


 Jan 17, 2017  |  Written by Dina Dunnings

All the Tea in China

Legend has it that Emperor Shen Nung was strolling through his garden, drinking his usual cup of boiled water, when a leaf from a nearby bush fell into this cup.  This was in 2737 B.C.  He was not only pleased with its taste but with early knowledge of herbal medicine, soon declared it to be medicinal drink.

In the sixteenth century B.C., the Taoist philosopher Lao-tzu also mentions tea in his great travels.  It is a fact that by 500...

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 Feb 20, 2016  |  Written by Anupa Mueller
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