Choice Organic Teas Black Tea Irish Breakfast - 16 Tea Bags
Choice Organic Teas Black Tea Irish Breakfast is Fair Trade Certified. Choice Organic Teas Black Tea Irish Breakfast embodies the amazing regional variation found in the world of tea - from a light, floral Indian Darjeeling to a lush, smoky Chinese Lapsang Souchong. Choice Organic Teas Black Tea Irish Breakfast is fully oxidized to develop a stronger flavor. Choice Organic Teas Black Tea Irish Breakfast was created in a style historically preferred by the tea-loving Irish. Choice Organic Teas Black Tea Irish Breakfast features the full body and malty richness of Assam black tea from India. Choice Organic Teas Black Tea Irish Breakfast meets the highest standards of both quality and social responsibility. Your purchase directly makes a difference in the lives of tea estate workers. Choice Organic Teas works closely with our international growers in countries across the world, including China, India, Japan, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania to create organic teas known for outstanding character and clarity of flavor. We rely on simple, pure ingredients, strict organic guidelines, and an ethics-driven Fair Trade philosophy.
Choice Organic Teas Company Timeline
Choice Organic Teas is born when our parent company Granum Inc. offers four Japanese organic teas: Ban-cha, Twig, Oolong, and Green Tea.
Choice Organic Teas begins to blend its own organic teas in a small 40-pound capacity modified mixer. Took entire workday to blend 240 pounds of organic tea.
- 1991 – 1992
Expanding awareness about organically grown teas highlighted the fact that existing "natural" teas were nothing more than products of conventional agriculture.
Nine new organic teas introduced, including Decaffeinated Earl Grey Tea. To this day it is the only organic Decaf Earl Grey in the U.S., and now it is also Fair Trade Certified.
- 1993 – 1995
Competitors begin to roll out token entries into the organic tea market. Apparently people began to believe them. Oh, and they also introduced two more organic teas.
Sent James, our newly "knighted" Tea Production Manager to Italy to learn how to operate a tea-bagging machine. Bought their very first machine for $250,000 sight unseen from Poland.
Organic tea line grows to 19 teas.
Choice Organic Teas considered adding a second work shift to help cover the increasing orders. (But who wants to work a second shift?) Instead, they bought a second tea-packing machine.
Choice Organic Teas begins to sell organic tea to the food service industry.
Bought a really big stainless steel drum blender with 240 pounds of tea leaf capacity.
Choice Organic Teas becomes the first tea crafter in the United States to offer Fair Trade Certified tea, expanding awareness of a just form of trade with the developing world.
They move to their current location in West Seattle – the same day as the massive 6.8 magnitude Nisqually earthquake shook the Puget Sound. That was a memorable day, to put it mildly.
USDA Organic standards are established.
Premium Japanese Green Tea (one of our first teas in 1989) takes the top spot in overall sales thanks to the American media's "discovery" of Green Tea's health benefits.
Hired an entire second shift production team of new employees to pack more organic teas for a growing mass of satisfied customers.
Choice Organic Teas begins to purchase Green-e Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset 100 percent of their West Seattle facility's electricity usage through wind generated sources. They hope more businesses do this.
Rod the Warehouse Manager celebrates his 20th year on the job. Rod accepts their gratitude and promptly goes on sabbatical. (Their employees get two months off, paid, with benefits, after 10 years of service, and every five years subsequent. They deserve it.)
Choice Organic Teas wins the Washington State "Governor's Award" for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Business Practices. They blush for weeks.
Ray the Operations Manager goes on sabbatical after 10 years of service. He sends postcards from New Zealand and Australia.
The company bought a Volkswagen Jetta that runs on 100 percent bio-diesel. (Don't even get them started on the benefits of bio-diesel over petroleum products.)
Received the "Seattle's BEST Award" for sustainable business practices.
More than 70 organic loose leaf and tea bag offerings available.
Choice Organic Teas will start up a fourth tea-packing machine. This machine will be amazing – it ties the little tag onto the bag without staples. Someday, everybody will it do this way. You'll see.
New even bigger all organic facility being planned.
About Choice Organic Teas
A firm belief in organics, with a dedication to ensure the ethical treatment of workers who cultivate tea, and a team of dedicated employees at Choice Organic Teas, has made the company a modern day tea pioneer. A brand of Granum, Inc. of Seattle, WA, Choice Organic Teas made its debut in 1989 as an outgrowth of the company founder, Blake Rankin's active involvement in the organic marketplace. As North America's #1 selling exclusively certified organic tea line, Choice Organic Teas have promoted the growth and development of organic agriculture in tea estates worldwide.
In 2000, Choice Organic Teas became the first tea crafter in the United States to offer Fair Trade Certified tea. Today, they proudly offer more varieties of Fair Trade Certified tea than any other tea company in North America, expanding awareness of a just form of trade with the developing world. Choice Organic Teas are manufactured in a certified organic facility where Green-e Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) from wind power are purchased to offset 100 percent of the facility's electricity.
And finally, they can't help but remind everyone that their organic teas taste pretty amazing too.