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25% of people buy Tea Total - Assam Organic Breakfast Tea (100g Bag) and Tea Total - Breakfast Tea Special Blend (100g Bag).
Certified organic tea from the Banaspaty tea gardens in Assam, northern India. Whether you're into organic teas or not, the beauty of this tea lies in it's taste. Although the small leaf size might suggest it, this tea is not as strong as similar leaf teas. Brewing quickly as a breakfast tea should, the flavour is well balanced and lively.
Ingredients: indian black tea from the organically certified Banaspaty tea garden.
About Tea Total
Tea Total has a serious approach to the tea leaf. Their range is chock full of quality loose leaf teas that you’ll find in boutique hotels, cafes, heath spas and gourmet food stores. The founder, Anna Salek, aka The Tea Lady, opened the first Tea Total in Auckland in 1995. There was no precendent for a tea shop in 1995 and people assumed she was opening a tea room, something akin to the old New Zealand Railways cafes. Since then, Tea Total has gone from strength to strength. The first shop was a small store in Mission Bay where the Berkley Cinema sits, selling dry tea and light refreshments. This introduced Aucklanders to the concept of a tea shop but Anna soon realised she needed a bigger store that was also a cafe, to cater for both tea drinkers, coffee drinkers and the hungry. When the cinema complex was redeveloped Tea Total moved to slightly larger premises in Mt Eden. This shop was successful and become well known throughout New Zealand. This prompted Anna to seek larger premises on Auckland's North Shore to create the store that now exists in Kitchener Road. Tea Total Cafe is no longer owned by Anna, but still offers the full range of Tea Total teas. From humble beginnings in a Sydney market stall to a small shop with 63 flavours and a broom closet storage to a 3,000ft warehouse housing 150 varieties.Tea Total not only started the tea revolution in New Zealand, they've been at the forefront ever since.
A note on Fair Trade and chemicals from Tea Total: “While we do not advertise our products as Fair Trade, we buy our breakfast blends and some traditional black and green teas direct from the tea estates in India, Japan and Sri Lanka. There are no middle men involved and while we pay what for us is a good price, it is far in excess of the amount they would receive from giants such as Liptons or Twinings. Workers are unionised, they work eight hour days, five days per week, receive free housing, electricity, schooling and medical clinics. Because of these conditions, positions are much sought after and often handed down within families. We don’t have the Fair Trade label but I can personally guarantee the teas above are more than fairly traded.Our blended teas (fruit infusions, herbal teas and Earl Greys) are sourced in Europe where teas, once bought directly from the grower, are blended with finest quality flavourings, fruits and herbs. All these products are tested by law in German laboratories for 203 chemicals and pesticides. This doesn’t make for a cheap product, but does ensure a level of quality that is without equal.”
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