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Our gourmet teas are purchased from tea purveyors with the following certifications and memberships:

STI Logo The Specialty Tea Institute (STI) is a division of the Tea Association of the USA, dedicated to serving the needs of purveyors in the specialty tea industry. The Tea Association, at 110 years old, is one of the first trade Associations in the country and the leading voice for the Tea Industry in the USA. STI sponsors a wide spectrum of geographically dispersed programs to promote the appreciation, consumption, knowledge and sale of specialty and premium teas.
organic Our teas and infusions are crafted with the highest level of healthful herbs, fruits and flowers offering a plethora of benefits that deliver an experience full of flavor and character. We use teas that are natural and do not contain any artificial dyes, fragrances or preservatives.
National Organic Program. Tea producer does not use conventional pesticides, petroleum based fertilizers or sewage sludge-based fertilizers. NOP program integrates the principles of HACCP, GMP, C-TPAT, COR and European Organic to ensure a quality and consistent organic product.
(HACCP) Accreditation Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points.  A program designed to assist in analyzing the product cycle from the raw ingredient stage to the finished product.
Implemented by US Customs and Border Protection to ensure the secure transport of goods across US borders. It ensures swift shipment of goods across international borders.
Canadian Organic Prevents the mixing of organic and non-organic products and prevents organic products from coming into contact with prohibited substances.
Fair Trade Fair Trade USA enables sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth. We achieve our mission by certifying and promoting Fair Trade products.
Ethitcal Teas Ethical Tea Partnership is an initiative started within the tea industry to monitor and regulate the living and working conditions on tea estates. The organization is run and regulated by member companies and bolstered by regular external audits by Price Waterhouse Cooper. (The global accounting firm responsible for tabulating and guarding votes for the Academy Awards.)
 
NOTE: The ETP is similar to the Fair Trade organization, but has a much broader scope for tea consumers since its focus is on tea only. Because tea is not a publicly traded commodity like coffee, Fair Trade is unable to penetrate many of the nuances and regional peculiarities of the tea trade. ETP is a socially and environmentally directed organization. This can be helpful since an economically based model, where higher prices are paid in the developing world, can leave the door open for unscrupulous companies to bolster lost margins elsewhere along the supply chain.
 
 
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