Organic Teas

Our organic selections on our website are Certified Organic. Simply put, this means we know their origin, how it was farmed, how it was handled and how it got to you.  We are strong advocates and champions of organic and biodynamic tea farming and have more than a passing interest in it. Makaibari Estate in Darjeeling is featured prominently in our website because it was founded by Rajah Banerjee, a family member. Not only is Makaibari the oldest garden in Darjeeling district (established in 1859), it pioneered biodynamic tea farming and was certified biodynamic (the most stringent form of organic farming) in the early 1990s. 


We know the difficulties of organic farming and the care that accompanies it. You should beware of any tea company that claims that pesticides are not used in tea farming and that, therefore, all tea is "organic". This is absolutely false. Like all agricultural crops, tea is farmed all over the world using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Only a few tea estates around the world have made the daunting commitment to farm organically and to be inspected annually by independent certifying bodies to maintain their organic status.  We salute all those gardens and are proud to carry their teas. We are especially proud of our Makaibari selections – they are the freshest, most seasonal teas we can offer and the purest in the world. Some are air freighted within a few weeks of their manufacture and each lot has been specially sampled and selected for your enjoyment. 


Look for the Organic icon    throughout our site to view our Organic Teas.  Our organic certification is specifically for the teas on our website.   

Try all our Organic selections - they are not just good for the earth and good for you but also taste great!  

    • ORGANIC MAKAIBARI 1ST FLUSH DARJEELING 2020
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2020

      At long last, we are pleased to offer Season 2020 1st Flush Makaibari - Lot DJ 7/20.  This is our air freight stock.  Because of the Covid-19 lockdowns in India and global flight restrictions, it was extremely difficult to find air carriers and timely connections but it is finally here.   First...

      $ 8.93
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2016 - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari 1st Flush previous season

      Still wonderful, but the 2020 harvest is here.  So for all of you who love low prices, here's the previous season's stock at a great value.  All of the 2019 is gone.  We are now offering Lot # 13 from 2018 at a greater discount.  Certified Organic & Fair Trade.  ...

      $ 16.00
    • Makaibari 1st Flush Reserve
    • Makaibari 1st Flush Reserve

      We purchased one chest of a Special Manufacture First Flush this year in a long-leaf style.  Only 10 kg. of this batch were manufactured - Lot 06/20 - which we air-freighted in.  It is unusual in the leaf style - long, uncut leaves with greenish tips, a style usually not employed for...

      $ 10.00
    • ORGANIC DARJEELING BLACK 2ND FLUSH
    • Makaibari 2nd flush 2020

      This is our best-selling Makaibari tea.  We're starting the year with our air-freight stock - DJ 69/20.  2nd flush has more body than 1st flush and is more pungent and floral than 1st season which tends to be more astringent.  It keeps its character better even as the leaf matures. ...

      $ 7.43
    • 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 2019 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...

      $ 8.64
    • 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...

      $ 7.20
    • Makaibari Silver Tips
    • Makaibari Silver Tips

      **LIMIT 4 OZ PER CUSTOMER / ORDER:  NEW STOCKS SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE IN JANUARY 2021** 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 interspersed with silvery tips.  Drink the best!  Certified Organic, Biodynamic...

      $ 10.00
    • ORGANIC DARJEELING BLACK LEAF
    • North Point Makaibari

      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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