We meet people all the time in the tea business or tea connoisseurs who are quite educated in tea, but they lack a certain knowledge which is one of the reasons why I think the tea industry has such major issues. We ask them how they judge a tea and what are the criteria they have in choosing their teas to purchase. I hear many great reasons, but the biggest reason I am looking for we almost never hear and it surprises me.
Tea is not just about taste. When you really know how tea is processed, it can take a lot of manipulation through chemicals, processing and mixing to get the right, consistent taste.
This does not mean it is good for you. Coca Cola tastes good, but if you want to be healthy would you drink it? Tea is the same thing. Many teas are grown in a cesspool of chemicals that are loading your body with heavy metals and who knows what else! Then many people’s answer to that is their tea is organic. Organic is great, but it is not the end all. With the state of the environment we are living in today, now is more crucial than ever to be conscious and support farmers that protect the local ecology and biodiversity.
Most tea trees are produced in a monoculture environment in places where the forests were cleared and then they cut the tea trees after seven years, because they don’t yield as much tea as an older tea tree. When you are merely seeking profits, then this is business as usual.
When you buy tea that is grown in a biodiverse environment, it usually contains a more complex flavor than a mass produced tea.
It took me a little time of touring plantations in China to wake up and realize this. I woke up to this realization when I had tasted the best Wuyi Oolong I ever had. I must have sell this tea, people will love it, I thought. When I got to the plantation to see where it came from I saw a mountain completely bald. No trees or even tea trees. I asked the farmer what happened to the mountain. He told me that they had planted too many tea trees and there was a landslide as a result. After seeing this blatant environmental degradation, I realized then I felt a responsibility in supporting only farmers and plantations that protect the land, protect the local ecology and biodiversity. I decided to only support farmer with sustainable farming practices or I would not buy it no matter how good the tea was.
We look for tea that is grown in a biodiverse where the farmer understands and preserves the local ecology. This is our main criteria in purchasing tea. Next after that we look at the taste of the tea.
Our vision is to change the landscape of China and bring back the nature that has been being destroyed for so long. By purchasing teas with the BiodiversiTEA logo you are supporting bringing back sustainable tea farming practices that are in harmony with the local ecology.
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Supporting sustainable, organic tea farms and plantations is a cornerstone of Wild Tea Qi’s mission.
We never buy tea from mono-culture, mass produced tea farms.We visit each tea farm and plantation to ensure sustainability and harmony with the environment.
Our commitment to you that these teas are from a sustainable plantation that is in harmony with the local ecology.
- JT Hunter