Tea

 

Our Fair Trade and organic teas come from our small farmer partners in India, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Most teas on the shelf - even Fair Trade teas - come from plantations, where tea workers have little say. Join us in supporting a tea model in which farmers control their futures.

Farmer Partners

  • In 1998 against all odds, Wupperthal Original Rooibos Cooperative was established. Wupperthal is a democratically organized group of small-scale farmers who have grown Rooibos in South Africa for generations.

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  • The members of the Small Farmer’s Tea Project (SFTP) in Kerala, India are predominantly marginalized small producers and members of tribal groups who have suffered from social and economic injustice for generations. The goal of the SFTP is to bring its members economic growth and control.

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  • Equal Exchange has worked with Tea Promoters of India (TPI) since 1998. TPI has been a pioneer in bringing environmental and social reform to the tea industry. TPI is a Darjeeling-based family operation that manages six organic, Fair Trade tea gardens.

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Our Products

  • Our organic black teas are classic, bold blends you know and love. They are delicious brewed as-is, or with cream and sugar. 

  • With known health benefits and natural caffeine, our organic green teas are a great choice to start your day or liven your afternoon.

  • Our selection of organic herbal teas are naturally decaffeinated, making them the perfect choice for when you want a calming, soothing drink. 

  • Brewing Tips

    Heat the water based on the type of tea you are drinking. Generally, water for black and herbal teas should be boiling (212F) and water for green teas should be cooler (170-180F). Steeping time varies based on the tea and your taste, but 2 to 5 minutes should be the range for green and black tea bagged teas. Look on your box or envelope of Equal Exchange tea for more specific brewing instructions.

Recipes

From the Blog

  • September 21, 2010·
    Jessica Jones-Hughes

    I get more excited about drinking hot tea when I remember that each warming sip is packed with antioxidants. Unfortunately though, those delicate tea leaves are very sensitive to air and light.

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  • June 5, 2013·
    Ashley Cheuk

    Father's Day is quickly approaching! Looking for something unique to show Dad you appreciate him? Here are gift ideas that are delicious, practical and support family farms:

    #chocolate #coffee #fair foods #fair trade #gift ideas #tea
  • August 5, 2010·
    Jessica Jones-Hughes

    A curious Equal Exchange tea lover recently inquired, "Is rooibos or green tea higher in antioxidants?" So, let's st

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  • April 2, 2013·
    Ashley Cheuk

    Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 12. Yes, flowers are lovely, but if you're looking for something a little more unique, we've got some fairly traded gifts that will be a hit with Mom and also support women farmers and artisans around the world. Here are some of my favorite choices for Mom.

    #chocolate #coffee #gift ideas #tea