I don’t know quite how the Davidson’s website jumped up before me but I suspect it was while I was googling for organic and free trade teas. I’ve bought tea on line for a long time now and love milling through the many varieties that are available when you shop on line. There are good books on the market about the tea trade that I’ve enjoyed. Tea is to me like coffee is to others. I feel better after a cup of tea than I do a cup of coffee, so I switched to drinking tea a long time ago. And I drink a lot of hot tea.
My first major online tea purchase was from Arbor Teas, a great source for Fair Trade tea - which is hard to find. It’s one of the best of the sources I have researched. It has one of the largest catalogs of USDA certified organic teas around, nearly three-quarters of which are Fair Trade Certified®. Ally called them to order tea for me for Christmas a few years ago and found them to be most helpful and informative. It’s a mom and pop shop that offers a lot of personal attention. Along the way she learned to pronounce puerh and rooibos, varieties of tea whose names we stumbled over.
Mackenzie has also given me tea from the Republic of Tea and I have also ordered tea from them. They have a blackberry-sage tea that is not only Rich Vargo’s favorite, it has become one of mine as well. It’s a lovely tea to serve guests. I keep that variety on hand plus a half dozen other types of green and black tea.
Tyler sent me a canister of green sencha tea flavored with lemon from Brugges. It’s a local favorite in Belgium and certainly one of mine. Sencha is a very popular Japanese tea and it is the type that Izo and Yorika drink. Izo said he’d never had it flavored with lemon but that he’d see if he could find some to try.
My friend, Dorothy Inoye, has sent me literally pounds of green tea that her Japanese in-laws and family have drunk for generations. When they were interned during WWII in California (the shame of that…as they were every bit as loyal Americans as either you or me) they ate the leaves as they didn’t have enough food as it was. Dorothy is the one who really got me interested in tea.
I’ve also bought pounds of tea from “Enjoying Tea”. They have a wide variety of puerh teas, particularly puerh touchas. I’ve very fond of their puerh and specialty teas. The tea that I buy is usually the “loose” variety rather than in tea bags. For some, the individual tea bags are more convenient, but I like strong tea and sometimes when I make it is as black as strong coffee. I like to use loose tea for that reason.
So, earlier this week I was browsing the net heading for Enjoying Tea when I stumbled across Davidson’s Teas (and here), which was new to me. Maybe that’s because they don’t have a user friendly website. Davidson’s offers some of the world’s freshest, purest and delicious organic teas- both directly from their own gardens in India- as well as from other small organic tea farms, all over the world. I also found their loose teas to be less expensive than some of similar quality. I bought Davidson’s Tea, Loose Leaf Bulk, Orange Spice, 16oz bag List Price: $16.99 sale: $14.68 Davidson’s Tea Bulk, Herbal Classic Chai, 16oz List Price: $16.99: sale $14.99. Tea has taken over a lot of my kitchen storage space. I love it.
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