Saturday, September 10, 2011

Teatulia Tea Review


 
I have another tea company called Teatulia that I wanted to tell you about! I was very excited to get these samples from Teatulia because they are truly a unique company that has both a great tea to offer but also gives back to the community.

This tea is grown organically in Bangladesh and is USDA certified to be organic and the only garden that has approached tea cultivation on virgin soil and is grown using natural farming methods inspired by the philosophy of Japanese master Masanobu Fukuoka.

What they do that is different is that the tea comes directly to you from their garden. There are no middle men, no long term warehouse storage and no waiting around to be bulk blended by a trader! I was very impressed with this whole concept because it means I am drinking one of the freshest teas in the world!

Here are the flavors I got to test:

1.) Black Tea - Fresh, full bodied with a sweet finish & touch of honey (this is also their signature tea)

2.) Tulsi Infusion - Black tea blended with rich full bodied spiciness (this was my personal favorite)

3.) Lemongrass - Brisk & refreshing herbal indulgence made from the purest organic lemongrass (caffeine free)

4.) Peppermint - Rich & crisp herbal infusion (caffeine free)

I tasted the Tulsi Infusion first and my only reason I have to admit was because it was in a purple wrapper as you can see, I am quite partial to anything purple or lavender. I was really impressed with this flavor. It had some of the most original spices that is hard to describe but what a mouthful of spice and tea mixed together!

I drank this one usually late at night because it made me feel relaxed and put me in a cozy mood. I found out from the website that this tea has a medicinal affect which is that Tulsi has been the cornerstone of Ayurvedic medicine for over 5000 years. This sacred Indian herb has rich antioxidant and adaptogenic properties, which promote wellness by enhancing the body's immune system. I really enjoyed it so much I used all three samples sent to me before I moved on to the next one.

The Black Tea was next. I used to swear by my Earl Grey Tea as being the best Black Tea but this one really took me by surprise. I normally don't drink tea that is not caffeine free because I don't want to get the jitters but maybe because it was organic or maybe tea doesn't affect me like it used to, but, I had no jitters and was still able to get some of the best tasting Black Tea I have tasted to date!

I found the reason why is because it has 50% less caffeine than a cup of coffee and that they are finding out that black tea is as good for you as green tea. On Teatulia's website they gave a link to help you understand why they believe black tea has health benefits and here is the link to help you understand why: http://www.teausa.com/general/teaandhealth/200g.cfm

I wasn't feeling too good on the day I decided to drink the Peppermint Tea and I did it because I had heard that peppermint was good for an upset stomach. While it did not take it entirely away, it did help. I don't want to get too graphic but I was really, really sick that day and the Peppermint Tea did take some of the acidy taste from being sick away!

And if you have ever been so sick that your throat was burning from all the acid you just got rid of, then you will appreciate this tea alot!! I have always been a firm believer in teas helping me get over or at least easing some of the discomfort from being sick and this one did not let me down.

Lastly, I had to fudge a little on this little gem, the Lemongrass tea. I got my best friend to try this one for me because of my chronic bladder pain called IC, I have to be very careful not to drink or eat anything with citrus or acids and alot of other various things, so I was a little nervous about this one.

My friend loves tea almost as much as I do so I knew it would be in great hands and she would give me her honest opinion. She is also up on all that herbal & organic stuff and she told me that Lemongrass actually had a very useful purpose. Lemongrass is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal in nature, which makes it an effective remedy for a wide variety of complaints.

Also detoxifies the liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder and digestive tract. So, I have saved one of these to use after I talk to my Urologist to make sure I will be okay. I am thinking if it detoxes the bladder then maybe it won't hurt me. She said it was a clean & crisp tasting tea and if you love lemon in your tea, you won't have to add it anymore, just get this Lemongrass Tea and you will be all set!

Now, for the history part, which I always include in my reviews because we need to know and understand why and how companies become what they are today.

I always quote from their website because they explain better than I do and I want to do justice to their cause:

Social Responsibility

Teatulia is no ordinary tea garden. Started in 2000 to give back to our community, we sought an enterprise that would give the most people a living wage while protecting/strengthening our environment. Not content with the social programs already in place, our Teatulia Cooperative has established revolutionary education, health and cattle-lending programs for the people working in the garden and surrounding areas. All sales of Teatulia Organic Teas contribute to this mission, helping to better the lives of Bangladeshi men, women & children while rebuilding the local ecosystem.

"From its inception, Teatulia has been eager to engage with the community in a mutually beneficial manner. This is why Teatulia started a Cooperative that is open both to its workers, and to neighbors in surrounding villages. Teatulia's Cooperative began with an innovative method focused on dairy. Co-op members receive a milking cow, for which they pay back not in cash, but with milk and cow dung. Members pay only one liter of milk per day, keeping the rest for their children and the calves.


They pay 10 to 20 kgs of cow dungs per day, keeping a measure for their own use. This easy "barter" form of payback takes off the pressure of cash payments, making the co-op a practical alternative even to the micro-credit operations for which Bangladesh is now famous. Most members manage to pay off their cow within two to three years. Best of all, they keep any calves that the cow bears, doubling or trebling their cattle wealth!

After a nascent experimental period, Teatulia has stepped up its Co-op efforts in the last two years, and members now exceed one thousand in number. Teatulia expects this number to cross quadruple within the next two to three years, if not sooner.

Teatulia is now also bringing other areas of work, like growing tea, within the ambit of the Co-op. In places like Satmera, Co-op members have come together to start a one-room school built from bamboo donated by the community. When I go the garden, visiting that school and hearing the children sing, or watch them play on the sea-saw or the swing - also made of bamboo - by the little river where they are located is one of the greatest pleasures." - Dr. Kazi Anis Ahmed, CEO

Specific examples of Teatulia's social programs include:
•Poverty alleviation through cattle rearing
•Safe Hygiene Distribution
•Distribution of Herbal and Medicinal Plants
•Health and Recreation for the Youth
•Adult Literary Education
•IT Education

As always, I try to give you several options to find out and contact the companies that I review and this one has some videos on their YouTube site that are very interesting so check them out when you can. When you get to their website, Teatulia.com, you will find that they have links to Facebook and Twitter:

Mailing Address:
2904 Zuni Street
Denver, Colorado 80211
Phone number: 303-433-2980

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The photo's used in this review were provided by me and my sometimes cranky camera but it was all me with no copied pictures.

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