We're smitten with Alaya Tea and their approach to harvesting organic tea, returning nourishment to our soils through regenerative agriculture, and some serious innovation in packaging. Unlike the majority of tea corporations who work with layers of brokers and middlemen to source their teas, Alaya sources their teas directly from farmers and tea estates in India.
Another key difference? Most teas we consume in the US were harvested years before they ever even make their way into your pantry. Alaya teas are super fresh-- you'll be able to smell, see and taste that difference.
Your order contains a bag of certified organic chamomile loose leaf tea that should yield over 50 cups of tea. Why loose leaf? While convenient, tea bags are often made with plastic, which makes for a lot of microplastics that you end up drinking or pouring down the drain-- a type of waste that's invisible to the eye and super tricky to manage.
Harvested in the second picking of the year, these leaves are more full-bodied than their first flush counterpart, but they still have that classic floral quality that we've come to associate with Darjeeling tea, which comes from the unique terroir of the Himalayan region where this tea was grown. Another tea tasting note: Darjeeling teas are not as robust as those from Assam, which you may have also tasted as part of a full-bodied English Breakfast.
Each resealable bag ships 3-5 days after you place your order. Alaya Tea is a woman and BIPOC owned business that's made some major strides in the sustainable packaging spaces-- click End of Life below to learn more.