An introduction to Organic Tea
If you have really started to take drinking high-quality tea more seriously (and there are a lot of reasons to do exactly that) you’re going to want to make sure that organic tea is making its way into your cup more often than not.
This is true regardless of whether or not you’re drinking black tea, green tea, yellow or white tea, herbal tea, or any other kind of tea that tickles your fancy.
There’s a world of difference – not only in quality but in the health benefits they bring to the table, too – between 100% legitimate organic tea and options that are pseudo-organic or just don’t consider moving towards a more organic approach of growing, producing, or harvesting tea leaves.
Below we highlight a couple of the key details you’ll want to be aware of before you decide to go shopping for organic tea at your local grocery store, dedicated tea shop, or online.
The inside information we break down in this quick guide can help better inform your purchases so that you are getting your hands on quality options you know you can trust without paying a sky-high premium for “organic tea” that may or may not be what you are expecting.
Let’s get right into it!
What is Organic Tea?
With folks all over the world becoming a lot more intentional with the food and drink they put into their body, looking to move away from super processed and chemically treated foods, it should come as no surprise to anyone that organic options are as appealing as they are today.
At the same time, the term “organic” has been hijacked a little bit and transformed into more of a marketing buzzword by quite a few organizations around the world – including some of the world’s leading tea producers.
Depending on different rules, regulations, and even legislation at the state and federal level (as well as laws in other countries) the term “organic” tea can mean everything from exactly what you would expect – 100% all-natural, untreated, and traditional tea leaves as close to Mother Nature as possible – to nothing more than marketing window dressing used to sell tea leaves that don’t include the organic moniker and everything in between.
Thankfully though, here in the United States – in large part because of the USDA National Organic Program – products that are certified organic have to go through a rigorous testing protocol, have to adhere to very specific regulations, and have to have operations that are routinely inspected to guarantee compliance for this label to stick.
This means that if you purchase certified organic tea in the United States you can be guaranteed that these products are free of chemical pesticides, are air-dried and not dried with synthetic chemicals, and have not been treated with all kinds of other man-made elements that may or may not wreak havoc on your health and wellness.
Instead, when you get certified organic tea – whether you purchase it at the grocery store or have it delivered from online sources – you are getting tea leaves in the exact same condition that they would have been hundreds if not thousands of years ago.
Certified organic tea is the closest you’ll be able to get to raw, unfiltered tea leaves short of growing your own tea plants and harvesting them by hand yourself!
What are the Benefits of Buying Organic Tea?
There are a couple of significant benefits to choosing organic tea options over nonorganic options, and we touch on some of the biggest ones below.
One of the biggest benefits you’ll enjoy shopping for organic tea versus nonorganic tea is the improved flavor that organic options have compared to those that are chemically treated.
Again, you are getting tea in as close to its raw form as possible when you go organic. There aren’t any chemical treatments, pesticides, or additives that are thrown into the mix that will significantly alter the true flavor of your tea leaves – especially tea varieties that are more subtle and more exotic that can be overpowered pretty easily.
Better for the Environment
Another huge advantage of shopping for organic tea leaves is that you are going to be making a conscious choice to support smarter agriculture and investing in companies that understand the value in respecting Mother Nature and our environment.
Unlike nonorganic tea farmers, organic operations are not leaning heavily on synthetic and man-made pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals just to dramatically increase the amount of tea leaves they are able to grow on a specific plot of land.
Instead, organic tea farmers are using the land the way that it has always traditionally been used, taking advantage of traditional fertilizer and agricultural approaches to replace the nutrients in the soil that produces world-class organic tea, and lean on the natural biological processes of Mother Nature to make all of this possible.
There’s no contamination of the soil, there’s no runoff into local waterways, and there’s no overharvesting that can leave local environments devastated for years to come with the organic approach to growing tea.
Better for Your Health
Lastly, you’re obviously going to see significant improvements to your overall health and wellness when you choose organic tea options versus nonorganic tea options.
You will be poisoning your body with any of those chemical contaminants that inevitably remain on tea leaves with a nonorganic farming and harvesting approaches. You will be exposing yourself to those pesticides and fertilizers that not only have short-term health implications but may also have serious long-term health implications, too.
Instead, you’ll be enjoying tea in its most natural form possible, free and clear of anything that may hijack your health and well-being.
How Do I Find the Best Organic Tea on the Market?
There are a couple of things you’ll need to keep in mind when searching for the best organic tea options on the market today, not the least important of which is making sure that you are only ever working with reliable, reputable, and trustworthy sources.
As we highlighted earlier, the term “organic” really doesn’t have as much meaning or as many teeth in the world of food as you would hope it did.
Some companies use “organic” terminology very ethically, making sure that they as a company embody the spirit of what this designation is supposed to mean all in an effort to be open, honest, and totally transparent with their customers.
Other companies, though, are going to use “organic” as the marketing buzzword that moves more product faster because people are interested in buying these products today.
These companies recognize that there’s a lot of wiggle room to something as nebulous as the word “organic”, look for ways to skirt around actually having to produce organic tea while still being able to use it on their labeling and marketing – and these are the kinds of companies you’ll want to avoid at all costs.
It’s important to really look into the reputation of different organic tea companies online before you decide to move forward with one. The internet is going to be your best friend when knocking out this research and due diligence, and while it isn’t all that much fun having to spend hours researching different organic tea producers or purveyors it’s the only way to be sure that your money is well spent and you’re getting exactly what you were hoping for.
It’s also not a bad idea to look for ways to order organic tea from people as close to the source as possible.
You may have to pay a premium to cut out the middleman in some circumstances, particularly if you are after more exotic, more difficult to source, or rare organic tea options – but the extra expense (and extra effort) in taking this approach is almost always worth it.
There are a lot of communities online set up to facilitate direct transactions with tea farmers and organic tea producers around the world. Different groups combine their buying power together to get even better prices than you might have been able to get with traditional tea purveyors, and that may be an approach that you are interested in taking as well.
Obviously, you’ll need to do your research and due diligence to make sure that these kinds of groups and purveyors are legitimate and reputable, too. But this is a great way to get your hands on some incredible organic tea that you couldn’t have secured otherwise at prices that you might not have been able to find elsewhere.
All things considered, as long as you zero in on the key details that we highlighted above you really shouldn’t have all that much trouble finding great organic tea options at affordable prices.
Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of why organic tea is such a smart investment, the different benefits it offers versus nonorganic tea options, and how to find, source, and enjoy top-quality organic tea from around the world today.