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The finest varieties from around the world.
EILLES TEE comes from the best tea plantations in the world. The selection is vast, because tea is cultivated in more than 40 countries. Many types come from China, while Japan produces primarily green tea. Northern India is known for the Darjeeling area with 73 plantations at altitudes of up to 2,000 metres, northeastern India for the Assam region and its strong black teas, and southern India for its Nilgiri teas. Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, is one of the world’s leading exporters of tea. Africa, with its more recent tradition, is famous for Rooibos (red bush) herbal tea.
In 2737 BC, a leaf from a wild tea plant fell into boiling water, and the Chinese emperor Shen Nung discovered the drink. In Europe, the Dutch were using tea for medicinal purposes in the early 17th century. And in the USA, the famous Boston Tea Party in 1773 triggered the War of Independence.
When it comes to purchasing, EILLES TEE attaches great significance to health based on natural nutrition, an authentic taste experience and fair treatment of people and nature. As for how our organic teas are grown, we place a premium on avoiding genetic engineering and chemical or synthetic pesticides and fertilisers. We are equally concerned about the living conditions of plantation workers with respect to their health and income.
In September 2018, J.J. Darboven became a new member of the Ethical Tea Partnership.
Improving the living conditions of workers with regard to poverty, famine, health, clean water and sanitation.
Qualification and training opportunities, gender equality, reduction of inequality (class politics), economic growth.
Women and girls fall victim disproportionately to exploitation and abuse. For example, marriage of young girls, lack of education opportunities and human trafficking are all common. These practices are often firmly rooted in the gender politics of many growing regions.
ETP has initiated special projects to counter these injustices, which have lasted for centuries, and to enable change. These projects can also be specifically selected by partners and supported separately – with financial assistance or local support.
Sensitisation to the use of fertilisers and sprayers. This helps to prevent land degradation and to protect soil, water and animals, as well as the preservation of the agricultural environment.
ETP provides support for tea producers through training and education. This includes, among other things, access to favourable financing opportunities in order to make more efficient work possible through new purchases.
Further goals include the achievement of sustainability through:
Step by step to tea: Withering, rolling, fermenting, drying and sorting – these are the five steps needed to process tea in the traditional (orthodox) manner after the picking of two leaves and a bud.
Excellent tea at all times, balanced and uniformly pleasing to the palate: EILLES TEE rigorously pursues this aim in tasting and compiling its tea. Our experienced tasters are the highest authorities in superior quality tea. The greatest challenge lies in refining the tea in such a way that its quality is uniformly high and never ceases to delight. “How is that possible?”
The tea is steeped for five minutes and tasted without milk or sugar. Vigorous slurping and spitting are both allowed and encouraged – only when all criteria are met is the tea approved for packaging.
Excellent tea at all times, balanced and uniformly pleasing to the palate: EILLES TEE rigorously pursues this aim in tasting and compiling its tea. Our experienced tasters are the highest authorities in superior quality tea. The greatest challenge lies in refining the tea in such a way that its quality is uniformly high and never ceases to delight.
Because raw products can vary, every detail of the tasting process is crucial. The classic weight is 2.86 g, the same as an old British sixpence.
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