This tea from Teatulia 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! Teatulia sent me their Tea Medley Sampler to review:
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)
5.) Earl of Bengel Tea - Inspired by Earl Grey with a splash of bergamot
6.) White Tea - Medium bodied with hints of peach
7.) Green Tea - Medium bodied with earthy & grassy notes
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.
I love Green Tea and this one was a really nice crisp one that also has 2/3 less caffiene than coffee! Recent studies indicate that green tea contains powerful antioxidants. Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and reportedly contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. Which I have know for awhile and it's nice to know that alot of the experts are finally agreeing on that aspect. I try to drink my green tea usually at night while sitting here at the computer or reading. It helps relax me and now I know why, because it hardly has any caffeine in it! But seriously, if you love Green Tea, then this one is gonna wow you with how much flavor there is in one cup!
The Earl of Bengal Tea also has 50% less caffeine than coffee. It is a black tea and has a hint of a bergomot with a hint of citrus. The Earl Grey blend is named after the 2nd Earl Grey, a British Prime Minister in the 1830s who reputedly received a gift of plain black tea flavored with the citrus flavor bergamot oil. Oh, by the way, you can get these teas in either 6 teabags or 16 teabags. They are still individually wrapped and they come in their own organic recycled canisters. The tea below is the Earl of Bengal and I hope you can see how fresh and bold it looks:
Teatulia is saying white tea is made from the youngest and rarest teas! And another good reason to love it: it also is 2/3 less caffeine than coffee! The buds and leaves are handpicked, then steamed and dried to come out looking like this:
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The Peppermint Tea is a great tea to have around if your stomach is upset and it is naturally caffiene free so you won't get the jitters on top of being queasy! It is also is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint. It is common in Europe. I have to be in the mood for peppermint tea. It is not one of those that you can drink all morning long, or it isn't for me. If you like peppermint or spearmint then this is the tea for you.
Lastly, the Lemongrass brisk with a clean lemon essence and it is also a natually caffeine free tea. So you have some pretty good choices if you are trying to cut down on caffeine, then switch to a couple of the teas I have mentioned here and you shouldn't have a problem with the jitters so much. Oh, I found this in their description and maybe I need to get more of this tea: Lemongrass is also 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. Now who would have thought that about a tea?
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.
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