I am a tea drinker in a nation of coffee drinkers, and I need your help to clean up my act.
I am on the hunt for a decent supplier of loose black tea — fairly traded and preferably organic — but not stupefyingly expensive. While fair-trade coffee can be had from Equal Exchange and other vendors for about the same (or less) as premium “unfair” coffee, tea seems to belong to another economy, in part because it is sold in tiny amounts. 20 bags? (I don’t drink bagged tea anyway.) 100 grams/3.5 ounces? Who are we kidding? I plow through (at least) a 450 gram box each month.
I’m willing to pay, say, three times as much for a high-quality product than the multinational-corporation-supplied leaf I get now. That would be about $9-$12 a pound/450 grams. But I’m seeing prices at ten times my current cost, before shipping. I have my limits, and that’s why I’m appealing to you.
As you can imagine, UK shoppers have better options, but I feel more than a little silly ordering tea from the UK. Plus the pound is very high right now. Canada perhaps? But I would rather purchase something from someone closer to home.
Do you have any suggestions? (Drinking mate is not an option.)