What Makes a Quality Tea: Why Knowing the Source & Production is Important
Knowing where your tea comes from is an essential part of your tea selection process. At Byron Bay Tea Company, we use over fifty ingredients across our range. We source our ingredients from where they grow best. Our ingredients are then hand blended and packaged according to our recipes in the lush, green rolling hills of the Byron Bay hinterland.
Certified Organic: Herbs Taste Better Naturally!
We take great care in selecting tea, herbs, fruits and spices of exceptional quality. We believe that natural, certified organic, wild-crafted and pesticide-free ingredients are better for you. This means also that there is no use of flavourings or additives in our range - just the real ingredient.
Sourcing of our Teas: Black, Green, Oolong & White
Tea is the world’s most consumed drink after water. It has become a heavily traded commodity worldwide in the last few hundred years. To keep up with this increasing demand, tea has become increasingly grown for high harvest yields, not for distinctive flavours or unique qualities, like traditional teas. Tea farming and production practices have been focussed on keeping up with supply and keeping prices down.
At Byron Bay Tea Company, we select teas for our range from countries and regions where Traditional farming practises are still employed. Sri Lanka, India, China and Taiwan have traditional tea making, utilising hundreds of years of knowledge and experience in the crafting of fine tea. No two tea producing countries produce tea in exactly the same way.
Fairly Traded: Adding value from leaf to cup
We select tea in an ethical and sustainable way. Our tea comes from small family tea plantations, small village production, and tightly controlled tea co-operatives. We pay them a fair price for their tea. Traditional tea farmers/producers must be in harmony with nature and have such a great knowledge and ability to deal with problems and situations that arise during the harvest times. For these people, tea is their life and their life is tea.
Sustainable Production: Being in harmony with nature
Traditional tea production is sustainable on many levels. A traditional tea plantation does not make use of pesticides or chemical fertilisers. It uses time-honoured methods of pest control such as;
Tea plantations where the elevation is high, away from the pests that plague low elevation tea plantations where commodity teas are grown.
Encouraging the presence of birds in the tea plantations.
The introduction of plants that discourage the presence of certain pests
And organic farming practices (soil enrichment, worm production and natural fertilisers made from food sources and manure).