Sourcing & Ethics
People, plant, Planet
We care about people, plant and planet. From open and responsible sourcing, to protecting the farmers who grow the tea and their families, and by selecting only teas that have been hand plucked we ensure that the integrity of the tea plants remains intact.
Favouring ethical supplier practices and operating in a more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable manner are the cornerstones of everything we do. Where possible, we aim to offer teas and products that have been sourced from accredited farms, gardens and providers.
We were the first Tea company to introduce Triple Certified Tea (Fairtrade, Organic and Rainforest Alliance) into our range with our award-winning Earl Grey Blue Flower and Darjeeling. In a range of almost 50 loose leaf teas, 40% carry Fairtrade, Organic or Rainforest Alliance certifications and currently Fairtrade teas account for over 70% of overall sales.
“Through sourcing certified teas like Fairtrade and Organic, we can be confident that our tea producers are operating sustainably, while at the same time improving the lives and working conditions of their staff and their families as well as their local environment and of course, the quality of the tea itself.” Anne Irwin, Managing Director.
The popularity of these teas is testament to an overall growing consumer demand for ethical purchasing, a trend we actively encourage among of community by providing an ethically-sourced, great tasting, high quality cuppa. So sit back, relax and be confident that you two have joined our community of loose leaf tea drinkers, that you are doing your bit to support people, plant and planet by enjoying a cup of SUKI tea.
“The glamour of a tea trader could be wiped out with couriers and email but it’s always been very important for us to know who is involved at picking level upwards, how the tea is produced and what the processes used are.
You can never learn enough about the process or taste enough. Travelling to source is a crucial part of our ethos about being transparent”
Belfast Boutique Loose Leaf Tea Blender, Suki Tea, first set up in 2005 by business partners Anne Irwin and Oscar Woolley, has become a strong contender in the UK’s Loose Leaf tea market.
Located south of the eastern Himalayas, and one of the biggest tea producing regions for Suki Tea.
Having sourced teas from Tanzania origin, East Africa for many years these trips have been well documented.