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Organic Honeybush Organic Rooibos Organic Evening Blend
Organic Honeybush
Our Price: $4.50
Organic Rooibos
Our Price: $5.00
Organic Evening Blend
Our Price: $5.00
Honeybush is technically not a tea, but an infusion.  It is made from the Cyclopia genus, within the fabaceae family (the same family that Rooibos belongs to).  This infusion contains no caffeine, and can brew quite strong.  In South Africa where Honeybush is very popular, it is named for its sweet brew, and for the sweet aroma of  the flowers.  This malted honey-like-brew has a delicious sweetness to it that makes it perfect for after a meal.  

Our organic variety ensures that you will receive the best quality available from South Africa.
Rooibos is technically not a tea, but an infusion.  It is made from the Aspalathus Linearis plant, within the fabaceae family.  This infusion contains no caffeine, and can brew quite strong.  In South Africa where Rooibos is very popular, it is common to add milk and sugar to the drink, a trend that has not quite caught on yet in the rest of the world.  This malted honey-like-brew has a delicious sweetness to it that makes it perfect for after a meal.  

Our organic variety ensures that you will receive the best quality available.
While neither rooibos or honeybush are technically tea, but rather are infusions, we think this blend of the two rivals many teas we have had. Rooibos is made from the Aspalathus Linearis plant, within the fabaceae family and honeybush is made from a close relative in the Cyclopia genus. This infusion contains no caffeine, and can brew quite strong. In South Africa where rooibos and honeybush are very popular, it is common to add milk and sugar to the drink, a trend that has not quite caught on yet in the rest of the world. This malted honey-like-brew has a delicious sweetness to it that makes it perfect for after a meal with a subtle floral taste. Our organic variety ensures that you will receive the best quality available with large leaf size.

This tea is a blend of 50% of our rooibos and 50% of our honeybush.
Organic Gunpowder China Organic Bancha Amba Lemongrass
Organic Gunpowder China
Our Price: $5.50
Organic Bancha
List Price: $6.00
Our Price: $6.00
Amba Lemongrass
Our Price: $6.50
This unique tea offers an almost bitter green brew.   Grown in the prominent Fujian province in China, gunpowder tea gets its name from the way the leaves are rolled into fine pellets reminiscent of gunpowder.  Don't let the name deter you from trying it though - its processing method helps to preserve the flavor, producing a green tea that carries more than its own weight.

Gunpowder tea isn't as subtle as some of our others greens, but offers a powerful taste that will leave you with a fresh impression.  A popular combination is to mix a little of Gunpowder tea with mint leaves, the result is beautifully refreshing!

The fact that it's organic ensures that we bring you the best quality that we can!
Bancha is picked in the later summer in Japan. Broader leaves are used, with a slightly higher level of oxidation that brings out tones of hay and sea breeze. A more robust tea than Sencha, Bancha is an everyday tea consumed at most meals. The majority of tea consumed in Japan is green, with Bancha making a significant percentage of that proportion. Fresh, crisp and clean, our organic Bancha allows for a more mellow tea suitable for all times of the year. Banchas are often overlooked in favor of Senchas, but we feel that our Bancha offers a classic brew well worth exploring, especially as it gives a good idea of the diversity of Japanese teas. With all green teas, we would strongly suggest not using boiling water. Let the water cool for a couple minutes, which will ensure a less bitter brew.

Traditional Japanese brewing style is to use more leaves (around 3-4 teaspoons), and brew it for shorter times of around 30 seconds. After the 3-4 infusion you can increase the brewing time to over a minute.
Amba doesn't just grow tea, they also grow a field of Lemongrass! This hardy plant is actually perfect for the harsh conditions on Amba.  A Lemongrass relative (Manna grass) is used to prepare the tea fields before new plantings! (It helps to redistribute nitrogen in the soil, while aerating at the same time).

This Lemongrass is treated with the same level of care and respect that Amba treats its tea.  Careful hand harvested batches that are then dried, and hand cut into smaller pieces for a better brewing.

Great for culinary dishes too!
Marybong Darjeeling First Flush Rwandan Rukeri Green Tea Organic Colombian Black
Organic Colombian Black
Our Price: $7.00
Darjeelings, by their very nature, are defined by choices. The first comes with the picking season, determining whether the tea is a first flush or a second flush. Another choice occurs during the preparation of first flush teas. Marybong estate creates a more oxidized version, while others, like Gopaldhara, favor a lighter fermentation, this darker oxidation period results in a more peppery and zesty brew. Located in the “Golden Valley” of Darjeeling, the Marybong estate has gardens up to 1970m in altitude and has about 700 acres in production. This is one of a growing number of organic Darjeeling teas This first flush Darjeeling is flavorful with a mild astringency, boasting traces of freshly cut green peppers and tart cherries. This tea is truly unique, and as such does require a special brewing method: it is best to not use boiling water, but rather boiled water that has cooled for about 1-2 minutes.

**We are proud to source this tea; it was one of the reasons I fell in love with Darjeelings!
Grown in the central African county of Rwanda, Rukeri represents a changing dynamic of African grown teas. Long known for their production of CTC (Cut, Tear, Curl) teas; Rukeri is diversifying into orthodox tea production. This tea was grown in an organic production style at an elevation of almost 6000 feet.

The flavor profile of this tea is similar to our Idulgashinna, with a tropical fruit undertones, but with a rich, spinach undertone. Best to not use boiling water.
This black tea is grown in the tropical country of Colombia. With minimal processing, the true terroir of this tea grown at a high elevation of 1,800-2,050 meters, the start of the Andean mountain range, shines through. This completely oxidized tea, with perfectly harvested tea leaves, has a rich copper color. Stronger mineral undertones give way to dark cherries and cassis while remaining brisk and clear. This unique flavor profile also boosts a tea very high in caffeine. Enjoy drinking a tea from the small community of La. Cumbre in Colombia South America!

Colombia isn't known for its tea production, and Bitaco is one of the few growers producing high quality loose leaf tea. Organic cultivation along with a desire to help preserve their unique fog forest ecosystem has led them to establish this tea garden surrounded by Bitaco Regional Forest Reserve where their garden acts as a biological corridor for 256 species of birds, 28 amphibians, 23 reptiles and 772 species of flora.

As this is a black tea, it is best to use boiling water or water that has recently boiled. Use water with a temperature around 205-210 degrees.
Organic Colombian Cacao Kisses Idulgashinna Ceylon Green Organic Organic Pai Mu Tan China
A single origin blended tea, containing chocolate. What more could one ask for! This black tea is grown in the tropical country of Colombia. With minimal processing, the true terroir of this tea grown at a high elevation of 1,800-2,050 meters, the start of the Andean mountain range, shines through. This tea is the same tea as our Organic Colombian Black, with a completely oxidized tea base, with perfectly harvested tea leaves, has a rich copper color and raw cacao nibs and pieces added to it. The strong mineral undertones give way to dark cherries and cassis while remaining brisk and clear with the cacao pieces adding a more fruity tropical taste. This unique flavor profile also boosts a tea very high in caffeine. Enjoy drinking a tea from the small community of La. Cumbre in Colombia South America!

This isn't a sweetened chocolate that you'd find in a candy bar, but rather a rich complex flavor profile of tropical flavors coupled with an underlying bitterness of a dark chocolate.

Colombia isn't known for its tea production, and Bitaco is one of the few growers producing high quality loose leaf tea. Organic cultivation along with a desire to help preserve their unique fog forest ecosystem has led them to establish this tea garden surrounded by Bitaco Regional Forest Reserve where their garden acts as a biological corridor for 256 species of birds, 28 amphibians, 23 reptiles and 772 species of flora.

As this is a black tea, it is best to use boiling water or water that has recently boiled. Use water with a temperature around 205-210 degrees.
Grown in the esteemed Uva region, Idulgashinna offers a delicious organic fair-trade green tea.  While Sri Lanka is not normally known for green teas, this light brew offers a rich green flavor with a fruitiness that reminds us of lychees.  With a pan-drying finish it certainly can't be called delicate!

Idulgashinna is a small bio-dynamic tea estate, located above 3,000 feet. This organic estate is committed to fine teas while also  providing ethical jobs for its workers.  This estate is certainly one of the jewels of Sri Lanka, though often gets over-looked!
Pai Mu Tan offers a visually stunning tea with long, graceful leaves, and a subtle, calming flavor.  Grown in Fujian province in China, our organic version allows for a pure taste of the region at a reasonable price.  Pai Mu Tan, while being a white tea, actually undergoes slight oxidation as the leaves are allowed to whither for about an hour.  While not enough to transform the tea into a green, this treatment allows a more flavorful nature of the tea to emerge.

With white teas we strongly urge you to not use boiling water.  Instead, let the water rest for a couple of minutes.  This will give you a better brew.
Long Jing Dragon Well Organic First Grade Amba Ceylon Chai Singbulli Oolong Darjeeling Organic
Amba Ceylon Chai
Our Price: $8.50
Long Ching, Long Jing, or Dragon Well are all names referring to the same tea. Centered around West Lake in Zhejiang, Dragonwell offers a fresh, crisp green vegetable taste with the sweetness of a roasted chestnut. This tea finishes on the long after taste traditionally associated with nice Chinese green teas. Our Organic Long Jing's leaves have been carefully pressed flat and hand processed. While not the rare Pre-Qingming tea (a festival around April 4 celebrating Spring), our Long Jing was harvested later in April.

Dragonwell is a highly prized tea in China, and obtaining a good quality version of this tea is difficult. Dragonwell, like Da Hong Pao, is a tiny region and many teas grown near by are often made in the style of. While we always source with the intent of honesty and purity to location. While we buy this tea from the region, this Dragonwell is most likely made in the style of. Our business model is not one of profit, but of honesty. Please send us an e-mail if you have any questions.

This chai comes from one of the few artisanal tea producers in Sri Lanka. Amba is also the finest example of terroir in Sri Lanka. We feel it accurately represents the Uva climate in this diverse country; the high altitude and harsh drought conditions this estate faces create a unique and unrivaled quality. These stressful growing conditions are then complimented with a fine level of plucking: one leaf and one bud. Rolled, fermented and dried, this tea receives a level of care that is close to devotion. What makes this chai really unique though, is that it is the most 'single origin' chai on the planet! With most of the ingredients originating on the Amba Estate

Amba is prized because of the unique, menthol almost eucalyptus aroma from the leaves. Add a maraschino cherry sweetness with the classic citrus undertones of Sri lanka and you experience a very complex cup of tea! Subtle spices add to this complexity and give a spiced tea that gives Chai a more refined nature.

Uva is one of the many premier tea regions of Sri Lanka. This highly mountainous region proves ideal for tea. Across the valley from Amba one can see Lipton's Seat, one of the best view points in Sri Lanka.

While not certified; we know Amba to be an organic tea estate. Located at the top of the Ravana Ella falls, Amba looks out over a dramatic tableau of the Sri Lankan mountains, and is truly the perfect place for growing tea.

One of the classics, this is what an Ceylon chai can and should taste like! Chai is traditionally served with milk and sugar. But we enjoy this as is too!

While the Darjeeling province is renowned for their black teas, this unique oolong shows the level of diversity these fine estates can muster.  To make this oolong, smaller batches are prepared and processed in a unique manner, creating a darker oxidized brew. Smaller batches ensure a high quality and taste, while the partial oxidization gives a unique nutty taste along with a muscatel aroma.  Tightly twisted and rolled leaves create the tea's bronze-color, with a high number of tips.

Singbulli is an organic tea estate established in 1924.  It has recently applied for Fair Trade certification, and is committed to maintaining a high level of quality in tea.
Amba Ceylon OP1 Amba Tea Flower Tea Organic Shangri-La White Nepal
Amba Ceylon OP1
Our Price: $12.00
Amba Tea Flower Tea
Our Price: $12.00

This tea comes from one of the few artisanal tea producers in Sri Lanka. It is also the finest example of terroir in Sri Lanka. We feel it accurately represents the Uva climate in this diverse country; the high altitude and harsh drought conditions this estate faces create a unique and unrivaled quality. These stressful growing conditions are then complimented with a fine level of plucking: one leaf and one bud. Hand rolled, fermented and dried, this tea receives a level of care that is close to devotion. We believe this tea to be our finest!

Amba is prized because of the unique, menthol almost eucalyptus aroma from the leaves. Add a maraschino cherry sweetness with the classic citrus undertones of Sri lanka and you experience a very complex cup of tea!

Uva is one of the many premier tea regions of Sri Lanka. This highly mountainous region proves ideal for tea. Across the valley from Amba one can see Lipton's Seat, one of the best view points in Sri Lanka.

While not certified; we know Amba to be an organic tea estate. Located at the top of the Ravana Ella falls, Amba looks out over a dramatic tableau of the Sri Lankan mountains, and is truly the perfect place for growing tea. It is operated by an aid worker, Beverly, who utilizes her knowledge of Sri Lanka to bring economic development to the region of Ambadandegama, as well as several charities around the area and in Colombo.

One of the classics, this is what an Uva Ceylon can and should taste like! We would urge you first to try it without milk, as its delicious nature deserves to be appreciated on its own.

Amba Tea Flower Tea comes from one of two artisanal tea producers in Sri Lanka.  Along with representing the Uva climate in this diverse country, Beverly the tea manager, has added camellia blossoms; giving a honey like sweetness to the wintergreen and maraschino cherry black tea that the Uva region is famous for.  This innovative blend is one of the first of its kind. (We drink a lot of tea...and had never even thought of this!).  The Amba tea estate has high altitude and harsh drought conditions that create a unique and unrivaled quality in their tea.  These stressful growing conditions are then complimented with a fine level of plucking: one leaf and one bud.  Hand rolled, fermented and dried, this tea receives a level of care that is close to devotion.  

Amba is prized because of the unique, menthol almost eucalyptus aroma from the leaves.  Add a maraschino cherry sweetness with the classic citrus undertones of Sri lanka and you experience a very complex cup of tea!  Not your standard flavored tea, this tea has been carefully blended to ensure the taste is not over-powered but yet distinct.  Beverly carefully blends and tastes each hand-rolled batch guaranteeing a high level of quality.  

While not certified; we know Amba to be an organic tea estate. Located at the top of the Ravana Ella falls, Amba looks out over a dramatic tableau of the Sri Lankan mountains, and is truly the perfect place for growing tea.  It is operated by an aid worker, Beverly, who utilizes her knowledge of Sri Lanka to bring economic development to the region of Ambadandegama, as well as several charities around the area and in Colombo.

One of the classics, this is what an Uva Ceylon can and should taste like!  We would urge you first to try it without milk, as its delicious nature deserves to be appreciated on its own.Amba's unique blend of their traditional finely plucked black tea with hand harvested tea flowers.
The Shangri-La Tea Estate, is located in the Ilam Valley, near the famous Darjeeling tea province. This exquisite white tea, highlights some of the unique terroir features of the Himalayan mountains. Honeysuckle floral notes with a complex mineral undertones make this our premium white tea to offer. At an elevation of 5000 feet, this is one of the highest tea estates around. While tea has been grown in the valley for 138 years, this tea estate was created in 1999.

Similar to our Jun Chiyabari, this is a delicious tea that highlights how high altitude growing can bring out delightful flavors if processed correctly. Small hand-rolled batches with a very careful plucking bring the best white tea we have ever tasted.
Balasun Darjeeling Second Flush Organic Jasmine Pearls
Organic Jasmine Pearls
Our Price: $15.50

This second flush from the Balasun estate is a classic example of a Darjeeling. Darjeelings are recognized for their distinctive muscatel taste and aroma unique to the region. The Balasun estate is named after the Balasun river, and was founded in 1871. Second flushes are the second harvest in the region, starting in May each year. They are also the most popular of the flushes, as the tell tale muscatel taste is at its peak. With 450 acres in production, Balasun is planted with a majority of original cultivar/sub-species Camellia Sinensis sinensis. Ranging in altitude from the bottom of the river, to a height of 1375 meters, this estate covers a wide diverse growing clime.

Balasun currently has the best muscatel taste we have found in current Darjeelings and second best of all the Darjeelings we have ever tried. That being said, it is also the most temperamental. We do not suggest this tea for beginners due to the price. While we are reluctant to post brewing instructions, our advice is to brew around 5-6 grams in .5 litres of water at a temperature of around 205-210. Timing on this tea is critical, but around 3-4 minutes of brewing. When we are brewing this tea for ourselves; we suggest watching and smelling the tea to try and pin-point the perfect moment. Again this tea is very temperamental, but the reward is an amazing muscatel brew better than some wines. Do not overbrew, as will become very astringent. One of our 'grand cru' teas!

Jasmine Pearls is one of the most luxurious flavored teas we offer. A superb high grade organic green tea grown in Fujian China, these buds and tips are layered between muslin cloth and jasmine blossoms. After an overnight rest where the tea absorbs the sweet jasmine aroma, the leaves are then tightly rolled into their pearl shape.

No essential oils are added, just the naturally absorbed aromas from the freshly picked tea next to the fresh jasmine blossoms.

We strongly recommend using water around 170-180(f). For a standard size teapot we use around 25 of the pearls. Our recommendation is to keep infusion times short (less than 2 minutes), as the jasmine can overpower the tea if left brewing for too long. Multiple infusions (around 6-7) are possible.