We have stepped up our sustainability practices. Gone are the days of our metal tins. They looked great on a shelf but took a lot of energy to produce, ship to Milwaukee, and recycle. To reduce our carbon footprint we are launching a new Eco-Fresh Box. The box is made of Forestry Stewardship Council certified post-consumer recycled fibers and is printed with vegetable based ink. It is made close to our packaging facility and it ships flat which means we don’t need to import entire sea-tainers full of empty tins. That’s a lot of energy saved. To ensure that you receive the freshest tea on the market we’ve begun to package all of our retail teas in airtight bags. Look for them at your local Rishi Tea retailer.
Computer, Earl Grey, Hot.
Autumn, not necessarily the time you’d think about drinking a fresh tasting green tea. We beg to differ. If you’ve never had the chance to try Gyokuro we strongly recommend it. Gyokuro is one of the highest and most prized grades of Japanese green tea. It’s flavor is that of a savory soup broth, no joke. It’s a fall favorite here because fall is the season these teas are often released. A finished Gyokuro is a blend of a few lots of tea that have been stored away to cure for many months. Many years ago tea artisans would store the tea in earthen jars and seal them into caves which were released in a fun autumn celebration. These teas are known as Kuradashi teas, or “out of the granary” teas. Celebrate autumn with some Gyokuro! Cheers!
The international Fairtrade system is up and running in the USA. Following the departure of Fair Trade USA from the global association, Fairtrade International, our members and partners, and a diverse group of stakeholders has been working to build a new organization. Check out the website throughout Fair Trade Month to keep up to date.
October is Fair Trade Month, in case our photos weren’t obvious enough. We’re proud to offer an enormous selection of Fair Trade teas. A portion of the price we pay for each tea goes directly to the farmers that grew and processed the tea. We have a direct connection to them and have helped them build schools, clinics and even recreational facilities. In our Mannong Manmai project we even helped build a new temple. If you think everyone deserves a fair wage for their day’s labor then purchase Fair Trade products because every purchase matters.
A spot of Jasmine Pearl this morning. Jasmine teas are at their prime in autumn.
Teas from the Darjeeling region of India are among some of the most prized teas in the world. Their muscat grape flavor is reminiscent of a good muscato style wine but with delicious an aromatic floral undertones. Darjeeling teas are juicy and slightly dry at the same time. This photo is of a farm we partner with in Nepal. The region of Nepal in which this farm resides is situated snugly against the Darjeeling region. Because of its location and skillful processing this farm produces exotic teas of exquisite quality. If you’re not familiar with Darjeeling style teas put them on your list!