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 China Oolong, Ti Kwan Yin style, rolled leaf Sale
    • Goddess of Mercy

      Organic & Fair Trade, this is a lightly oxidized green China Ti Kwan Yin Oolong (Iron Goddess of Mercy), in the characteristic rolled leaf style. Very fragrant, mellow and sweet in the cup, a treat for any time of the day. Excellent for digestion and withstands multiple infusions. Use 1...

      $ 18.78 $ 13.00
    • 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...

      $ 7.20
    • Moonflower Oolong
    • Moonflower Oolong

      The elegance of Oolong blended with the fragrance of Jasmine - this is one of our house favorites.  Oolong is not quite Black tea and not quite Green tea.  It's in the middle, a medium-body cup, sometimes called The Philosopher's Drink.  We blended a lightly oxidized Organic Oolong with Organic...

      $ 16.52
    • Long leaf China Oolong with a natural smokiness
    • Organic Wu Yi Oolong

      Named after the birthplace of Oolong in Jiangxi province. An earthy, smoky oolong. One of the best known from China. A brief 15 second 'washing' followed by a short 1 - 2 minute steep results in the best cup. Multiple infusions encouraged. Use 1 Tbsp. of leaf per 8oz. cup....

      $ 8.73
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