Coming from a nation of tea drinkers we know sometimes thereâ€™s nothing better that a cup of tea to get your morning or afternoon caffeine fix. But there are also loads of other amazing herbal blends that have great benefits any time of the day. A warming cup of masala chai is like a hug in a cup. Tea huggers morning and night herbal blends are perfect to get you going in the morning and send you off happily to the land of nod and thereâ€™s nothing quite like a peppermint infusion to help your digestion after a meal.
Tea production is big business and yet the sad fact is that many workers on tea estates and small scale tea producers around the world donâ€™t earn enough to feed their families. The simple choice of buying fairtrade means fairtrade standards are upheld throughout the supply chain from tea plantations to tea factories. Tea growers are guaranteed a Fairtrade minimum price and tea farmers and workers enjoy better working conditions as well as other community benefits such as healthcare, schools and infrastructure paid for by the Fairtrade premium.
The fairtrade foundation supports smallholder farmers around the world protecting them from the crippling effects of price fluctuations and allowing them to earn a sustainable living from the most popular drink in the world after water.
We stock a great range of teas at babame. From Whittards traditional loose leaf english breakfast tea or Pure Chimp matcha green tea to give you a morning boost to teas to help you relax, lose weight or even fight flu. Weâ€™ve chosen ethical companies and that goes further than just sourcing the tea leaves. Hoogly, cuppanut and tea huggers use fully biodegradable tea bags for their delicious loose leaf blends and Brew tea co will do by the end of 2018.
Brew tea make traditional and herbal blends and are working hard to change the tea industry as we know it. Conforming to the highest ethical and environmental standards they are a Certified B Corp. We love their Chai blend which combines assam, cardamon, cinnamon, pepper cloves and ginger. As well as their english breakfast or earl grey for when you just want a really great cup of tea.
Hoogly are an ethical tea company that use fair trade tea from sri lanka to make delicious blends such as chocolate brownie and spiced apple chai and white tea from china to make the delicate fruity sparkling white. Tea artisan Tina also makes gorgeous herbal blends for when you need a cuppa without the caffeine. Her chill out mint blend is one of the best peppermint teas weâ€™ve tried and the danish pastry rooibos is a must try. Full of cinnamon and chocolate this is hygge in tea form.
Tea huggers are another award winning artisan tea brand. Started by Esther Thompson in Bath the range has something for every mood and has both naturally caffeine free blends as well as black and green teas. The company was created out of a love of health and tea and a desire to give up a coffee actiction. The flu fighter tea is great for boosting your immune system during the winter months and we love the chill out blend to ease tension and promote relaxation after a long day.
And if you fancy trying something a bit different, cuppanut make coconut tea. This is yummy health filled tea without a tea leaf in site. The coconut, ginger and turmeric infusion is a great anti inflammatory blend that will do your body wonders at the same time as tasting delicious. It has a warming chai like flavour combined with the tropical taste of coconut.
Whittard of Chelsea and Williamson Tea are both well known tea makers but doesnâ€™t mean they donâ€™t have great ethics. Whittard are members of the ethical tea partnership and Williamson tea are proud supporters of the David Sheldrick wildlife trust. We particularly love their Elephant Caddies. Fairtrade, sustainably farmed tea in a reusable caddy that would make the perfect gift for tea lovers.
Many of our teas come in plastic free biodegradable pyramid tea bags meaning brewing your tea is as simple as putting it in a cup and pouring over the boiling water. Make sure you give them time to brew, as especially with herbal tea bags you donâ€™t get the full flavour effect if you take the tea bag out straight away. We also recommend brewing in a teapot so you get a couple of cups out of each bag. Drink one straight away and either pop a tea cosy on or transfer to a flask or insulated tumbler so you have another cup ready to go when you are done.
For loose leaf teas, you may need to invest in a strainer or infuser. The Qwetch insulated infuser flasks are perfect for loose leaf tea as well as making fruit infused cold drinks. And you can buy the Whittard english breakfast or earl grey pouches that come with an infuser thatâ€™s perfect for using as a reusable tea bag for any of the blends.