Organic Tea
Frequently Asked Questions

Organic tea has to be quality to be worth it.

Do you sell organic tea?

The white and green teas I sell have either been certified organic or are naturally organic.

My highest quality tea is - Tribute Dragon Well - undergoes chemical testing yearly and goes directly to the Chinese White House. If it is good enough for the Chinese President and visiting emissaries. it is good enough for us.

Both the Huangshan Maofeng green tea AAA and A grades have been certified organic.

The other white tea and green teas have not been certified but they are highly organic.

What does organic certification mean?

Organic certification does not mean the tea is high quality.

It just means synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides have not been used. The tea plants could be grown on roaside or at foothill where soil is poor, air is polluted and the leaves are intensively harvested.

Want to found out why does organic tea certification mean? What it does NOT mean? Click on the article below to find out.

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Later in this article, you will learn why the taste of tea doesn't lie and tells you much more about the quality of the tea.

Is it true that the best Chinese tea is uncertified?

Organic certification works differently in China compared to the West.

In China, the best teas are pre-industrial, naturally organic and uncertified. For thousands of years, these tea gardens are found in mountain top and are owned and managed by household farmers.

They ran their business using the traditional century-old techniques without chemicals. Tea buds are handharvested only in spring. Leaves are handroasted by skilled craftmen. There is a high demand for their teas and they never bother certifying their teas.

The bigger tea farms are more willing to invest in certification but it takes years of record keeping and they need to spend large sums of money entertaining government officials. With economical of scale, certification helps them sell more of their lower grade teas.

Without certification, how can we judge the quality of the tea?

You should judge a tea by how it tastes and makes you feel afterwards.

A 2004 study conducted by UK Institute of Food Research found that better tasting green tea contains high concentration of nutrients such as theanine, EGCG and caffeine.

EGCG - is a powerful antioxidants associated with many health benefit and tastes astringent on its own. Theanine is the most important quality marker. It has a full-bodied sweetness and gives you a prolonged, gentle energy that is relaxing and meditative. Caffeine is bitter.

These three compounds act in synergy and give you a rich concoction that is both potent and durable.

Only a small amount of tea buds is needed for each cup and they can be infused at least three times. They taste pleasant and shouldn't turn bitter easily.

What does naturally organic mean?

My teas are high grade. They are farmed the pre-industrial way that is naturally organic.

What you get are not mature tea leaves but young tea buds. The AAA grades are harvested in the first three days of spring. The tea buds are small - between 2 to 2.5 centimeters.

Here's why they are naturally organic:

  • At the onset of spring, the weather is cold and few insects exist, so there is no need for pesticides.

  • Tea bushes are found in secluded high mountain away from road traffic and exhaust fumes. This important as tea plants are accumulators, they build up whatever is in the environment, which can be undesirable if drinkers want to control their fluoride intake. Studies have found that high grade tea buds contain little fluoride as the tea buds are really young.

  • My green tea farms only harvest once yearly from March to May. There is no intensive farming and there is no need to use synthetic fertilizer.

For further information, read

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Are your teas fairtrade?

Quality Chinese tea is fairtrade.

Unlike teas produced in other countries, high grade Chinese teas tend to be owned by households rather than large corporations. Wholesale prices are high and a large proportion of your money goes to them.

(Because of the high costs, big brands seldom bother to source these teas.)

Green tea buds are picked over a short window of six weeks in spring. Short term contract workers are brought in to pick the teas, providing them with extra income

Daily rates have gone up recently for these contractors as they are now fewer Chinese workers around

How about the amount of tea I should drink?

Green tea is a powerful beverage and you should drink in moderation.

My teas can be infused multiple times. They are highly potent and you only need a little a day. 2-3 grams of high grade green tea can be infused three times to make three cups of tea.

This is another reason why the risk of contamination is extremely low when you are drinking my tea. Can things go wrong with just three grams of young, tender tea buds a day? I don't think so.

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