During this time he travelled extensively throughout the country, building up long-lasting and close working relationships with the finest traditional producers around the country.
Clearspring is therefore able to offer a range of Japanese foods and beverages including tea, not only delicious, authentic and nutritious, but also produced according to sustainable, traditional techniques.
Mostly Japanese tea
Clearspring has a high quality selection of fine Japanese teas including Matcha Green Tea powder.
You will also find a few green flavoured teas and one herbal tea. All organic.
The exceptional flavour of Clearspring Japanese tea comes from careful organic cultivation, special preparation and packing the tea bags in foil directly on the estate.
The Clearspring goal
Bringing the ecology back on the agenda and into the world's kitchens plus ensuring that your grandchildren, too, can enjoy the great taste of good foods.
Clearspring are also aiming to demonstrate that Japanese ingredients are not daunting and can be used very easily in everyday cooking to enhance flavours, texture and nutrition.
Since 2010 Clearspring has received 18 Food Awards and their products are exported to 53 countries.
When the founders Tim Westwell and Sebastian Pole from the UK set up Pukka, they wanted to reach as many people as possible to connect them to the wonders of plants.
They also wanted to create a sustainable business that would bring benefit to everyone they came into contact with.
Pukka is all about using business as a force for good, creating circles of benevolence so that people, plants and the planet can all benefit.
Pukka is an Indian word that means genuine, authentic and top quality.
The Pukka teas
Pukka is primarily focussing on herbal teas, but some black and green teas have also gained permission.
The herbal teas are divided in seven types: Energy, Digestif, Turmeric, Cleansing, Immunity, Relax, and Women's.
Pukka only uses the highest quality organic herbs, rich in natural oils, carefully sourced from across the globe.
The herbs are then blended using the wisdom of India’s ancient health system, Ayurveda by cofounder and Master herbsmith Sebastian Pole.
Today Pukka are working with thousands of Pukka growers in over 20 different countries around the world.
Still growing and striving for changing the world for a sustainable and positive future <3
In 1988, 23-year-old Austrian Johannes Gutmann founded the company Sonnentor.
His goal was to produce delicious organic teas made of herbs from his hometown Waldviertel in Austria.
When choosing a logo, he thought that it should be a symbol of life and light. He therefore chose the happy smiling sun, which I just love.
In addition to being organic, Johannes Gutmann wanted to support the local farmers in Waldviertel. He started out with three organic farmers, who believed in his idea while the rest of the farmers were laughing.
Today Johannes is the one laughing the highest 😉
Discover a wide range of herbal tea, black tea, green tea, spice tea or fruit tea, all organic.
You will also find tea based on recipes developed of Hildegard von Bingen, one of the most important women of the High Middle Ages.
One of her goals was to learn as much as possible about herbs and plants and pass this knowledge on.
Sonnentor is using several of her original recipes both regarding herbal teas but also herbal supplements ensuring that her wisdom isn't lost.
Today Sonnentor is smiling big
The Austrian Sonnentor family has grown to over 150 farmers, who grow high quality raw materials for making teas, herbs, spices, coffee, herbal syrups, essential oils and much more.
Sonnentor consistently applies their philosophy of sustainable regional development on farming projects in the Czech Republic, Romania and Albania.
At Sonnentor organic farming is the only sound and passable way in a time of monoculture and overproduction.
At Yogi, they believe the purpose of business is to serve and their guiding principles are, “Feel Good, Be Good, Do Good.
Each year, Yogi does a lot of good things, this includes among others:
- Supporting Naturefund, a privately held non-profit organization with climate change in mind
- Contributing over $500,000 to non-profit organizations
- Supporting The Kumari Project, which helps female Nepalese orphans
Yogi Tea also supports rainforest projects in the tropics, and guarantee their producers a fixed deposit at a good price, well above the world market.
Since the beginning, Yogi Tea has used Ayurvedic principles to formulate teas for well
Yogi Teas are mostly herbal teas with a purpose.
Yogi Tea's story began in 1969 when Yogi Bhajan, an inspiring teacher of holistic living, started teaching yoga in Southern California.
He shared all the wisdom and knowledge of healthy living including the beneficial properties of herbs that he had mastered in India, all while serving a comforting and aromatic spiced tea to his students affectionately named 'Yogi Tea'.
Solaris cooperate with small tea growers around the world which use traditional, eco-friendly methods, and also support Irish farmers by using locally grown herbs.
A wide range of teas from Camellia Sinensis including herbal and flowering teas plus 7 Chakra teas supporting the different Body Chakras. All organic.
Packaging and silken tea bags are 100% biodegradable to minimise impact on resources and the environment.
To inspire people to discover high quality teas and herbs, therefore promoting a healthy lifestyle which is in line with nature.
To be the ultimate benchmark experience in the lifestyle/wellness product category.
They launched Numi in 1999 in Oakland, California after observing that competing tea brands differed only little from one another in quality and innovation.
Their company is named Numi after a Middle Eastern dried lime they drank as children.
Numi embraces almost all tea types and specializes in black, green, white and pu-erh teas to herbal blends as turmeric teas, chocolate teas and holistic herbal teasans as the latest addition.
Six brand new holistic teasans with the keywords presence, balance, vision, gratitude, purpose and embrace ready to nurture and transcend you.
Numi envision a world where all basic human needs are met and people have the resources to fulfill their greatest potential.
Globally, they provide their organic, fair trade farming communities with access to clean, safe drinking water.
In their backyard of Oakland, California they offer experiential gardening, arts and social studies to low-income public schools.
His mission is to delight coffee and tea lovers everywhere in a sustainable way.
Since 2011 Java Republic is a proudly Carbon Neutral Company.
You can choose between 46 different teas to match your moods. All handpicked, organic and sourced ethically.
Several of Java's teas have won the Great Taste Awards from www.ﬁnefoodworld.co.uk so no need to hesitate.
I am particularly pleased with Java's exiting flavour compositions and their decaf options.
In fact the tea estate Makaibari (supplier to Hampstead) already was, when meeting Kiran in 1989, as the tea estate owner Rajah Banerjee didn't want any 'nasties' in his soil.
I guess that why the Makaibari tea estate also took the next step. Going biodynamic!
Biodynamic farming ensures that you put more in than you take out, and that animals, plants, people and soil all work together to create a forever living environment.
Their incredible teas
Hampstead mostly offers black teas, green teas, herbal teas and iced teas. In writing you will find one oolong tea and one white tea.
I highly recommend Hampstead. Try for example their Divine Earl Grey, it is awesome!
Not to mention the Madagascan Vanilla - a kick for the vanilla lovers <3
In my believe one of the reasons for these incredibly tasty teas are the biodynamic farming. Try it out, really.
Hampstead are committed to growing their brand, while remaining true to their vision and philosophy and offering tea consumers real quality tea with added lifestyle and wellbeing benefits.
Rishi Tea began in 1997 when American Joshua Kaiser, founder and tea buyer, recognized that the traditional handcrafted teas he grew so fond of during his travels in Asia were rarely available elsewhere.
Joshua felt that North American consumers would embrace artisan tea as they did with single origin coffee and fine varietal wine if they were given access to it at reasonable prices.
I am so happy that Joshua was right - all of Rishi's efforts in making tea drinking people appreciate loose-leaf tea as though it was a fine wine - have highly succeeded!
Rishi embraces almost any kind of tea in several variants all organic from flavoured pu-erh teas to mathca powder due to close cooperation with networks in China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, India and many other tea origins.
I am particularly pleased with Rishi's Matcha Travel Pack designed to deliver the vivid energy of green tea on the go!
Not to mention all the interesting flavour compositions.
Urging their customers to appreciate loose-leaf tea as though it were a fine wine; to brew it properly, use the proper teaware, and enjoy the experience that each cup brings.
Rishi is a word from Sanskrit meaning: One who is a seer, sage or seeker of truth.
Living in Dorset, UK, they felt the tea options were poor and the quality low.
Then Clipper was born. Guided by their mantra, ‘It’s what’s on the inside that counts'.
But in addition:
- ‘Taste’ alone has never been enough for us. We saw it as our duty to improve the lives of the workers on the tea estates. So we became the UK’s first Fairtrade tea company'.
A wide range of teas counting black tea, green tea and white tea, some of these also in a decaf version.
Not all of them organic, but all fairtrade. Organic-tea.org includes organic tea only.
Additionally Clipper has a lot of herbal infusions, all organic.
At the moment I am drinking Clipper's Orange & Coconut tea, a really nice infusion of honeybush, orange and coconut, naturally caffeine free.
Clipper has a strapline saying:
'Natural, fair and delicious'.
These words form the spirit of Clipper together with their relentless quest for quality and tireless desire to surprise and delight.
The popularity of Ronnefeldt Tea grew rapidly due to the high quality, and Johann Tobias had many dignitaries as customers such as the Russian Czar and European Noblemen.
Ronnefeldt tea are made of the youngest and mildest part of the tea plant - only two leaves and one bud are plucked - which is the traditional way of producing tea and the only method to produce leaf teas to the highest level of quality.
Not all of Ronnefeldt's tea is organic, but they do have a lot of organic options. Find them here!
When visiting Berlin I tasted some of Ronnefeldt's tea, I highly recommend their fruit teas!
As a family business, Ronnefeldt has been socially and ecologically responsible since their founding in 1823. Socially by for example sponsoring the Childaid Network - an award-winning foundation dedicated to educational opportunities and children's rights in the poorest regions of the world since 2010.
Ronnefeldt is also a member of the renowned non-profit organization Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) in London.
The ETP, founded in 1997, has set itself the goal of sustainably strengthening social, ethical and ecological responsibility in the global tea trade.
Founder Seán Farrel wanted to create a brand and range of goods that reflect his love for travel and high-quality, organic, authentic 'real foods', combined with his other passion, great design!
Being a small family business that cares - working very closely with all suppliers and hands-on in the development of our products – Chateau Rouge has a driving passion for making things better every single day. This they have done since 2009.
Chateau Rouge has a little exclusive organic selection of black tea, green tea, rooibos tea, honeybush tea and fruit tea.
Including a couple of very interesting flavour compositions.
Looking forward to tasting all of them, especially the 'Butterfly Lovers' 🙂
Live your passion - we do!
Chateau Rouge support weforest.org combating climate change through reforestation.
Any 2 items sold on ChateauRouge.uk = 1 tree planted!
She was able to find the best organic green tea leaves from Japan through extensive tastings and research.
Midori Spring delivers the finest organic Matcha tea powder. Ceremonial and Culinary grade selection from Aichi, Kyoto, and Kagoshima Japan.
Midori Spring is all about embracing a healthy lifestyle, self love, and of course Matcha.
Many of us have busy lives and endure everyday stresses. So why not start your day with a simple cup of Matcha?
In case you haven't heard - this superfood is full of ANTIOXIDANTS. It has 137x more antioxidants compared to regular steeped teas.
Matcha is a natural ENERGY booster without giving you the jitters due to its calming properties (L-theanine content).
You should try it!
Knowing where our ingredients come from, how they are made, and the impact they have on the world, is of paramount importance because we know that food is the most important aspect of health and longevity as well as the impact that food has on the world.
Wild Foods loves tea.
They also love the benefits that tea provides (good tea, that is) such as antioxidants, high concentration of EGCG, fat burning and reduced risk of all kinds of diseases and cancers.
Still there aren't so many organically grown 'Wild Teas' but the ones which are, you can find by clicking here.
By supporting small family farms, local artisan food makers, and manufacturers that operate their business with the consumer and environment in mind, Wild Foods believe we can literally change the world.
Ultimately, it's the buyer that has the final say. If you stop buying cheap, processed factory food, the processed food companies will have to change their ways or go bankrupt. It's as simple as that.
Of course, it's not just the world you are helping save when you consciously spend your dollar on better products...
You save yourself!
They put only the best quality natural and organic ingredients into their teas, so you get the most out of them.
Higher Living has 23 deliciously refreshing herbal blends to choose from, made with the very best herbs and spices that money can buy.
Each created by herbal experts with over 45 years of brewing up exceptional teas.
Besides the herbal blends Higher Living are offering 4 green teas, 2 white teas and 2 black teas.
I have tasted their ginger kick and vanilla chai. Absolutely loving their ginger kick whereas the vanilla chai is a bit too licorice rooty for me...
But my husband loves it 😉
Prince of Peace
In 1969 he entered the University of Hawaii to study Social Work, and earned a Master of Social Work degree.
He established Prince of Peace® in the U.S. in 1985.
Prince of Peace® is headquartered in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA with additional branch offices established in New York and Los Angeles, and internationally in Hong Kong, China, and Malaysia.
Prince of Peace® has especially specialized in ginseng products and teas with ginseng, unfortunately none of these being organic, yet...
I have found 4 organic teas from Prince of Peace, all having superb reviews at Amazon. You will find 2 green teas, 1 white tea and 1 oolong tea.
At its core, Prince of Peace® wants to bring knowledge of healthy practices to people all over the world with their diverse line of health and wellness products.
But with a vision not only to do business, but to contribute to the future of our world, Prince of Peace® uses a portion of its profits to benefit society.
Some of the projects include contributions to rebuild areas destroyed by earthquakes and floods in China, Somalia and other African countries.
English Tea Shop
Organic and sustainable.
‘Sustainable’ isn't just a buzz word to English Tea Shop – it drives everything they do.
Their teas and ingredients come from small farmers in limited quantities, grown without chemical fertilisers or pesticides.
English Tea Shop has it all. Find a large selection of black teas, green and white teas to exiting herbal blends, not to mention their wellnes tea selection.
You will also find a lot of tea samplers, and gifts who will please any tea lover <3
English Tea Shop feel committed to recognize and to tell the world how these small farmers make a huge impact on sustaining the planet’s natural eco system for many generations after us.
At their factory in Sri Lanka they have in-house training programmes to elevate the lives of their employees. The subjects vary from English, Information Technology to various Personality and Attitude training and practically important subjects such as tea tasting, farming etc.
English Tea Shop also support the local community.
Waterfall Tea Company
They offer loose leaf teas, teabags, iced teas and instant chai mix.
Their various fine teas are sure to satisfy every thirst as only a Waterfall can 🙂
Waterfall Tea Company have a wide range of fragrances, flavours and pleasures selected from many tea regions and lands.
Making almost any kind of tea.
In their shop you will find black tea, green tea, white tea, pu erh tea and oolong tea. Besides herbal blends, rooibos blends, chai blends and fruit tisanes.
Some of their flavour compositions are new to me and I am really looking forward to tasting.
Not all of their tea being organic yet, but the ones who are, you can find here.
Waterfall Tea Company delivers very high rated teas.
The Tea Makers of London
Founded 2010 by the Sri Lankan tea expert and former tea planter Shiyam Sameen.
Since the very beginning, The Tea Makers of London have asserted themselves as the guardians of quality and flavour complexity.
In 2016 ten of The Tea Makers of London's teas were awarded a total of 15 Great Taste Award stars by the expert taste judges from the Guild of Fine Food.
The award winning teas include English Breakfast Tea Triunes, Ceremonial Matcha Green Tea Powder and Japanese Sencha Supreme Tea Triunes.
The Tea Makers of London deliver ALL kinds of teas, not all of them organic yet 😉
Their mission is to bring the world exceptionally great teas and creating a tea experience like no other.
The world of tea has endless possibilities. That is why The Tea Makers of London always strive to think outside the box when selecting new flavours and coming up with new ways of using tea.
Knowledge is the core of this brand and imagination and inventiveness is the pulse that keeps them moving forward.
Backed by some of India’s most eminent angel investors, Vahdam Teas is among the world’s first vertically integrated online-first tea brands.
It sources premium garden fresh teas direct from over 150+ tea plantations & door delivers to consumers across the world.
Vahdam Teas procure their teas directly from 100+ tea plantations in India & Nepal within 24-48 hours of harvest.
They are then able to make available the freshest teas to consumers in less than a week, a process which otherwise takes a minimum of 3-6 months.
I have tasted several of Vahdam Teas, as I was trying one of their samplers with 10 different teas. It's some of the best tea I have ever had.
Vahdam Teas have a sampler for each of their main tea types except the herbal blends. A great way to try new teas 🙂
Choose between Black tea sampler, Green tea sampler, Oolong tea sampler, White tea sampler, Darjeeling tea sampler, Assam tea sampler, Chai tea sampler and finally Assorted tea sampler.
The team shares a passionate vision to create India’s first home-grown global tea brand by leveraging technology.
Vahdam Tea also desire to resurrect an ailing industry and redress millions of lives.
By sourcing teas directly, all profits are retained in the region where they are grown. A process which ultimately helps every farmer get a better price for their produce.
All they do, all they are, revolves around their love for reimagining and reinventing the humble tea leaf.
Founded in 1996 by Australian Maryanne Shearer and Jan O'Connor, back then both recognizing a lot of coffee shops, but no tea shops.
Still reinventing and reimagining the humble tea leaf, and sharing their teas with anyone who’ll listen.
T2 is now spreading all over the world having 90+ stores globally including Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States and Singapore!
T2 offers over 200 teas including all the traditionel teas, but you will also find smoked teas, handcrafted tea, fruit and herbal tisanes, just to mention a few.
I have tasted some of T2's teas, they are really awesome. Today unfortunately only offering 10 organic teas; I really hope this will change in near future.
T2 gets a kick out of taking ancient tea rituals and reimagining them, bringing them to a modern tea table.
Every cup brewed is a chance to make tea more enjoyable, more accessible and more experimental; it’s T2's opportunity to connect, understand and share with the world their love for a better cup of tea, everyday.
Heath & Heather
Heath & Heather makes fruit infusions, herbal teas, green teas and white teas.
All their teas are organic certified through the well renowned Soil Association.
Today, the Heath & Heather brand retains the same passion for herbs and botanicals that its family founders held back in the early 1900’s.
The brand still embodies all the traditional principles of growing natural and organic ingredients; aiming to supply effective Herbal Remedies to the modern-day population who, more than ever, require natural solutions to enhance health and wellness in busy or stressful environments.
Qi teas is a small family-run business created in 1997 founded by Joe d’Armenia.
After reading the book: ‘Green Tea, The Natural Secret to a Healthier Life', Joe embarked on a voyage of discovery to China, and from here Qi Teas were born.
His search took him to the Yellow Mountain region of China, an area of outstanding natural beauty and from here, he introduced the first Organic China Green Tea to the UK.
Ethical, sustainable & organic teas
Qi teas are working directly with a co-operative of small independent farmers with long traditions in the preparation of high quality teas, buying their tea directly from them.
The teas are grown in an environmentally protected area, high in the Yellow Mountains of Southern China. All packaging is 100% recyclable and made from renewable resources.
You will find mostly green and white teas, all Fairtrade.
What Qi is
Qi teas are inspired by the ancient teachings of the Chinese who have for centuries used natural plants and herbs for healthy living.
The Qi energy drives all aspects of life - the environment and community we live in, the food we eat, the exercise we take and our thoughts and mental wellbeing.
Qi energy is strong when all these aspects of life are well balanced and in harmony with each other – this is the inspiration for Qi teas.
Founded in 1997 by Marcus Stout, Golden Moon started like most other tea companies.
But a simple change in the diet and lifestyle of the owner Marcus Stout led to massive changes for Golden Moon Tea.
When Marcus started to cut all processed foods and chemicals out of his diet, the result was that he felt better, looked better and lived a much better life due to these changes.
It wasn’t long before Marcus realized that Golden Moon Tea was not as pure as his own personal diet. He spent the next year investigating everything that went into each one of his teas.
How each tea was grown, how each one was flavored and what each tea was stored in.
The results were shocking. There were so many hidden toxins and chemicals in teas that he had created, loved and drank every day.
Marcus ended up getting rid of over half of the teas Golden Moon was famous for.
You won't find any tea in tea bags. Here is why:
If you have ever gotten a piece of paper wet, you know that it tends to fall apart easily. The solution that companies created was to treat the paper with something to make it stronger. The chemical of choice for this treatment was Epichlorohydrin.
Epichlorohydrin is a dangerous little bugger. According to Dow Chemical (who is the largest producer of this substance):
Epichlorohydrin has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals.
So this is very shocking even to us! But we are not capable of telling you whether this is applicable to all tea bags!
People have the right to know what is in their food and drink and how it affects their health.
Golden Moon wants to change the way people think about their beverages and how they are made. Plants should never be manipulated to taste like something it is not.