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. 

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

      New 2018 Season Now Available!  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...

      $ 6.47
    • 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
    • Makaibari Darjeeling Silver Tips with a few silvery tips
    • Makaibari Silver Tips

      Fresh 2018 Season Silver Tips air freighted in for you, our loyal fans.  This is the same tea featured in Masterpiece Theatre and NCIS Los Angeles.  Renowned for its mellow, floral character, it is an elegant long-leaf style with variegated leaves interspersed with silvery tips.  Drink the best!  Certified Organic,...

      $ 9.50
    • Makaibari Darjeeling Silver Tips with a few silvery tips
    • Makaibari Silver Tips Grade 2

      Certified Organic & Fair Trade, this Makaibari lot has fewer silvery tips than our normal elegant, long leaved Silver Tips.  Offered at a steeply reduced price for those fans who just cannot be out of Silver Tips until the new 2018 season stock arrives. 1 lb. size only.  Limited inventory...

      $ 32.00
    • makaibari silver tips imperial in a display canister
    • Makaibari Silver Tips Imperial

      Indulge in a cup of our record-breaking Makaibari Silver Tips Imperial. This is Limited Reserve. Only 20 kgs. of this lot were manufactured and we have a limited 5 kgs. (11 lbs.) This is DJ 158-2014, procured through a private sale. Specially packaged in 0.5 ounce lots. When it's gone,...

      $ 32.00
    • 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
    • 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, often called The Philosopher's Drink.  We blended a lightly oxidized Organic Oolong with Organic...

      $ 14.84
    • Organic Ceylon OP - This black tea is a very good long leaf Organic and Fair Trade Ceylon OP from Idulgashinna Estate. Bright cup, good body, not too strong. Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic Ceylon OP

      A very good long leaf Organic and Fair Trade Ceylon OP from Idulgashinna Estate. Bright cup, good body, not too strong. Read more about Ceylon Teas here. Use 1 Tablespoon leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 4-5 mins. Milk may be added.

      $ 7.84
    • Organic Chai, F Trade
    • Organic Chai, F Trade

      A robust blend of Organic Indian black teas mixed with organic spices - cinnamon, green cardamom and ginger pieces -  with natural cinnamon, ginger and vanilla flavors. The original blend. Steep as directed to achieve a creamy, authentic cup of Chai.  Check out all our Chai blends - we have...

      $ 9.94
    • Organic China Sencha
    • Organic China Sencha

      The classic flat-leaf style from China. Not as astringent as a Japanese sencha but still pleasantly vegetal. Can withstand multiple steepings and best enjoyed with a short infusion. Use 1 tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Let boiling water cool slightly before pouring over leaves. Steep 2 mins. Can be re-infused....

      $ 12.80
    • Organic Earl Grey, Fair Trade - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic Earl Grey, Fair Trade

      Certified Organic and Fair Trade black tea with oil of bergamot. OP leaf style, robust tea with good strength, can take milk. Use 1 tsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup. Pour boiling water over leaves. Steep 3-4 mins. Milk may be added.

      $ 6.41
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