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. 

    • 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".  These are are the first picks of the year, 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...

      $ 8.93
    • 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...

      $ 19.00
    • ORGANIC DARJEELING BLACK 2ND FLUSH
    • Makaibari 2nd flush 2019

      This is our best-selling Makaibari tea. The classic coppery hue to the infused leaf is very noticeable in this new 2019 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...

      $ 7.43
    • Makaibari Autumnal - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • 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....

      $ 6.49
    • MAKAIBARI ORGANIC GREEN REGULAR LEAF STYLE
    • 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....

      $ 10.35
    • DARJEELING ORGANIC GREEN, LONG LEAF STYLE
    • Makaibari Long Leaf Green

      A new batch just in - enjoy the freshness!  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...

      $ 14.39
    • 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...

      $ 14.39
    • Makaibari Silver Tips
    • Makaibari Silver Tips

      A very limited quantity left before we can bring in new Silver Tips from the 2020 season.  Maximum limit per order right now is 8 oz.Enjoy one of the world's most celebrated teas!  Renowned for its mellow, floral character, Makaibari Silver Tips is an elegant long-leaf style with variegated leaves...

      $ 10.00
    • 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...

      $ 21.00
    • ORGANIC DARJEELING BLACK LEAF
    • North Point - Org/Fair Trade

      Our house Organic Darjeeling blend of spring and autumn harvests. Just the right body - not too floral, not too astringent, medium cup but with the characteristic light Darjeeling note. Organic, Fair Trade & priced right. Use 1 generous tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 3.5...

      $ 8.73
    • BLEND OF ORGANIC WHITE AND GREEN LONG LEAF TEAS.
    • Twilight, Organic

      A great way to close the day. A house blend of Organic China white and Organic Darjeeling long leaf green teas. Naturally floral but with a woodsy undernote. Soothing! Use 1 Tbsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 2-3 mins. Milk not recommended.

      $ 8.13
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