Fair Trade Teas

Fair Trade, an international movement to promote equitable trade, has four key goals: 

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

It works simply.  Tea producers meet specific criteria to be considered a Fair Trade co-operative or estate. Importers/Buyers pay a certain premium over the market value which is then channeled back to the workers of the co-operative/estate. A Joint Body of workers decides how to spend the funds.  This means that every time you purchase a Fair Trade tea, a portion of that price goes back directly to the workers of that tea estate.  

Some of the specific standards that Tea producers must meet are:
- Wages that meet or exceed legally established minimums
- Absence of forced or child labor
- Freedom of association and organization
- Safe working conditions, including protection from exposure to harmful agrochemicals
- Adherence to national and international labor protections, including those established by the ILO of the United Nations and, in India, the Plantation labor Act.

Tea workers have the capacity to play an active role in improving their own lives.  Here are some ways in which workers have chosen to use the Fair Trade Premium:
- At Makaibari, a Computer Centre has been established and over 300 micro-loans have been given to meet medical and educational needs, to buy livestock and to create small businesses.
- At Korakundah, typhoid and hepatitis B vaccines have been procured, chairs purchased for the community hall, cooking gas bought for workers and computers bought for the school.

Enjoy our Fair Trade teas and tell your friends.   Champion the cause of Fair Trade!

All our Fair Trade teas are clearly identified. Look for the Fair Trade icon    throughout our site to view our Fair Trade Teas. 

    • Afternoon Delight, Org/ FT - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Afternoon Delight, Org/ FT

      A blend of Indian Organic & Fair Trade black teas, mellow and naturally floral - good with just a drop of milk. A smooth, mild cup with Organic Darjeeling & Nilgiri teas - just the right strength. Not too strong. While away your afternoon! To learn more about Breakfast Tea...

      $ 4.77
    • ORGANIC MAKAIBARI 1ST FLUSH 2019
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2019

      Enjoy the 2019 season - this is the prize crop of Darjeeling, called 'the champagne of teas". We begin this season with Lot 8/19 - slightly astringent, excellent leaf style, and an underlying floral tone to the cup. A short steep recommended.  Enjoy the spirit of the Himalayas - Organic, Biodynamic &...

      $ 7.95
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2016 - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari 1st Flush previous season

      Still wonderful, but the 2019 harvest is here.  So for all of you who love low prices, here's 2018 stock at a great value.  Enjoy Makaibari first flush at a steep discount! Certified Organic & Fair Trade.   Use 1 tsp. leaf  per  8 oz. cup.   Pour boiling water over...

      $ 10.00
    • Makaibari 2nd flush 2018
    • Makaibari 2nd flush 2018

      The classic coppery hue to the infused leaf is very noticeable in this new 2018 lot along with a pleasant pungency in taste. We're pleased with the 2nd flush harvest this year and we were fortunate to select the best. From an estate certified Organic, Biodynamic and Fair Trade.  Enjoy our most...

      $ 6.68
    • Makaibari 2nd Flush-previous season - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari 2nd Flush-previous season

      Still wonderful but alas, this year's stock is now in! This is from the previous 2017 season - A classic 2nd flush muscatel tea from the Makaibari Estate - the pioneers of biodynamic tea farming in the world. This tea has a pronounced floral bouquet, with nutty and pungent notes in...

      $ 7.76
    • Makaibari Autumnal
    • Makaibari Autumnal

      A mellow tea from the later part of the season from an estate known for its commitment to sustainable agriculture. A very easy tea to enjoy! Stronger than 1st or 2nd flush teas. Can tolerate some milk. For those familiar with Makaibari Apoorva in India, this is the tea to choose....

      $ 11.66
    • MAKAIBARI ORGANIC GREEN REGULAR LEAF STYLE New Products
    • Makaibari Green Regular Leaf

      An easy-to-enjoy Green.  This is similar in profile to our very popular Makaibari Long Leaf Green but not quite as floral and as you can see, simpler in leaf style.  The cup is mellow and fresh without having any vegetal or herbaceous notes.  At a very affordable price. Use 1 tsp....

      $ 9.30
    • Long Leaf Makaibari Green, Organic and Fair Trade, floral & mellow. Sale
    • Makaibari Long Leaf Green

      This is your perfect daily green.  Certified Organic, Biodynamic and Fair Trade, our Makaibari Green is specially manufactured for us.  It is mellow, floral with no vegetal notes with all the healthful benefits of a Green Tea.  An elegant long-leaf in style, able to withstand multiple infusions. A bestseller. Also...

      $ 12.93 $ 9.00
    • Makaibari Oolong - Org/F Trade
    • Makaibari Oolong - Org/F Trade

      An Oolong with the characteristic Darjeeling floral note. Try something different. Beautiful leaf style - long, well-rolled with a medium oxidation. An uncommon India Oolong. Use 1 Tbsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup.  Let boiling water cool slightly before pouring over leaves.  Steep 3 mins.  Can be re-infused.  Milk...

      $ 12.93
    • ORGANIC MAKAIBARI SILVER TIPS TEA
    • Makaibari Silver Tips

      This is the tea for which our company was named. It is the acclaimed tea featured in Masterpiece Theatre and NCIS Los Angeles.  We're now offering an excellent lot, DJ 548, with prominent silver tips and a fragrant note.  Renowned for its mellow, floral character, Makaibari Silver Tips is an elegant...

      $ 9.50
    • Makaibari Silver Tips Grade 2
    • Makaibari Silver Tips Grade 2

      Certified Organic & Fair Trade, this Makaibari lot has fewer silvery tips than our normal elegant, long leaved Silver Tips.  Still Biodynamic, Organic and Fair Trade.  For those looking for the renowned Makaibari Silver Tips featured on Masterpiece Theatre and NCIS and written up in major magazines and news stories,...

      $ 40.00
    • SAMPLER WITH 3 MAKAIBARI TEAS, CANISTER AND SCOOP
    • Makaibari Tea Sampler

      From the renowned Organic/Biodynamic and Fair Trade tea estate in Darjeeling, enjoy 3 types of Black and Green Tea.  We included the 1st and 2nd Flush Black Teas as well as our very popular Long Leaf Green, a mellow and floral green without any vegetal notes. Steeping directions are on...

      $ 28.00
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