Organic Tea

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 is owned by our family. 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 1990's. 


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. 


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

Look for the Organic icon    throughout our site to view our Organic Teas.  Our organic certification is specifically for the teas on our website.  Although the teas carried in our Tea Room/Restaurant are organic and are provided by our wholesale company, Eco Prima Tea which is Certified Organic by a third party, the Tea Room/Restaurant is not certified organic as a retail facility.  


    • Ancient Forest Yunnan, Org./FT - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Ancient Forest Yunnan, Org./FT

      Here's a good Yunnan with some gold tips. Could easily become your daily cup. A little more earthy than an Assam, takes well to milk, a robust cup. Certified Organic & Fair Trade & priced right. Use 1 generous tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup. Pour boiling water over leaves....

      $ 5.78
    • Assam BOP - Organic - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Assam BOP - Organic

      A strong broken leaf tea - grade is usually FBOP or GBOP. What does all this mean? This indicates that it is not a full leaf tea but a smaller leaf style, Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe or Golden Broken Orange Pekoe. Your basic "regular" tea. Good with milk. Certified Organic....

      $ 7.10
    • Assam CTC - Organic - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Assam CTC - Organic

      The everyday tea of India. No frills, just a nice strong cup. Small round granules of tea produced in the Crush Tear & Curl style (CTC). Certified Organic. Good with milk. Does justice to the phrase, "If Strength is your Weakness, then Assam is your Tea".  Definitely a strong cup!...

      $ 5.50
    • Assam TGFOP - Organic - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Assam TGFOP - Organic

      Certified Organic whole leaf robust black tea. Nice full-bodied character. A best-seller. Great for the price, nothing too fancy but your reliable, hearty pick-me-up every morning. A nice, strong Organic black tea - will not disappoint! Use 1 heaped tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup. Pour boiling water over leaves. Steep...

      $ 4.16
    • Dian Black, Organic/ Fair Trade - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Dian Black, Organic/ Fair Trade

      From Yunnan region in China and from some of the oldest tea trees in the world. Very tippy, very rich with a lot of depth and character. A taste of chocolate lingers on your palate. We strongly recommend this tea. Certified Organic & Fair Trade. Use 1 heaped tsp. leaf...

      $ 7.70
    • Guranse Estate, Organic Nepal - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Guranse Estate, Organic Nepal

      A tad stronger than a typical Darjeeling and not quite as floral. Medium-body cup. Nice leaf style with some tips. Use 1 tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 3.5 mins. Milk may be added.

      $ 7.35
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2015 - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2015

      Still wonderful, but the 2016 harvest is here.  So for all of you who love low prices, here's a great value.  Enjoy 2015 Makaibari first flush at a discount!  Certified Organic & Fair Trade.   Use 1 tsp. leaf  per  8 oz. cup.   Pour boiling water over leaves.   Steep...

      $ 11.00
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2016 - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2016

      Enjoy the fresh bouquet! The prize crop of Darjeeling, the champagne of teas - this is first flush 2016 - slightly astringent, a green hue to the leaf and an appealing floral tone to the cup. Enjoy the spirit of the Himalayas - Organic, Biodynamic & Fair Trade. Use 1...

      $ 7.50
    • Makaibari 2nd flush 2016 - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari 2nd flush 2016

      Our excellent 2016 Makaibari 2nd flush stock just arrived via Air Freight.  This year's harvest is exceptional - wonderful tips to the leaf with the classic muscatel, winey flavor in the cup.  Notice the distinct coppery hue to the infused leaf, and the pleasant pungency on the palate. It was a short 2nd...

      $ 6.30
    • 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 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 the...

      $ 7.32
    • 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. Use 1 generous tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep...

      $ 5.50
    • Makaibari Oriental Beauty - Limited Edition organic black tea homage to the celebrated Formosa Gran Oolong Fancy leaf style - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari Oriental Beauty

      Exquisite Limited Edition Tea!  This is Makaibari's homage to the celebrated Formosa Grand Oolong Fancy leaf style, sometimes known as Oriental Beauty or White-tipped Amber Oolong.  Notice the carefully manufactured long leaf style with white/silver tips which is the characteristic requirement of this style.  It is mild and floral in the...

      $ 12.00
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