Triple certified means that it is Fairtrade, Organic and Rainforest Alliance Certified. The triple certified teas from Suki are Earl Grey Blue Flower, Chamomile, Bannockburn Darjeeling and East African Green Tea we are of a rare few to achieve this important accreditation.
We are even more delighted to include the East African Green Tea to this unique list of triple certified products, because its production is in line with our commitment to ethical products and trading. Around 20 per cent of the tea is brought in from smallholders as part of the company’s out grower extension scheme.
It is Fairtrade registered and accredited by the Ethical Trading Partnership and Ethical Trading Initiative. Premiums from Fairtrade have been utilised to build and equip schools, improve medical centres; purchase and install maize mills; construct and equip social community halls, nursery schools, and food stores in Tanzania.
Being able to offer customers four quality teas that have achieved Fairtrade, Organic and Rainforest Alliance certifications enhances our market position with existing and potential clients seeking ethically grown and processed teas. Demand for ethically produced teas is now growing strongly particularly among discerning customers in the UK and Ireland.
The Fairtrade Foundation is the independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards. Fairtrade is a tool for development that ensures disadvantaged farmers and workers in developing countries get a better deal through the use of the international FAIRTRADE Mark. Suki Tea advocates buying FAIRTRADE Tea and other Fairtrade products which helps to support communities in the developing world, promoting decent working conditions and fair pay for the workers and farmers and supporting local sustainability. In 2016 71% of our tonnage sold were Fairtrade teas from 5 producer organisations, equating to a contribution to the local communities throughout India, China and East Africa of approximately $45,000. This premium was used in projects like the supply of clean drinking water to 10,000 families in Sorwathe Tea Gardens and surrounding areas in Rwanda. School construction and bursaries for children of Tea plantation workers to attend secondary school and university, as well as diversification such as pig husbandry.
For more information about the Fairtrade Foundation visit www.fairtrade.org.uk.
Organic food is produced using environmentally and animal friendly farming methods.
The Organic Food Federation is one of very few bodies that have chosen to set standards higher than the EU minimum in several areas such as GM, animal welfare and nature conservation. Organic standards ensure that you can be certain that you are buying a genuine Organic product, that has been produced in line with the Federations principles and with full traceability of the Organic ingredients back to the farmer. For more information about Organic produce and the Organic Food Federation please visit http://www.orgfoodfed.com.
The Green Frog seal of approval.
In a drive to continue to improve the ethical sourcing standards, Suki first introduced Rainforest Alliance certified products in 2012. The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal is awarded to farms that have met a comprehensive set of standards, which were developed and continue to be refined by the Sustainable Agriculture Network, a group of leading environmental organisations. Farms that meet these standards conserve ecosystems, protect soils, waterways and wildlife, and support safe and decent conditions for farmers, workers and their families. For more information about the Rainforest Alliance visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.
SUKI TEA are SALSA certified (Safe And Local Supplier Approval) and continually have tasting sessions along with many other quality assessments to ensure that the leaves used in SUKI blends meet our high standard.
Suki does not wish to make claims about the health benefits of tea; we just know that it’s good for you, especially when using big, fat, juicy whole leaves. The levels of health benefits vary from tea to tea and this cannot simply be defined by whether the tea is White, Black, Green or Oolong. What we concentrate on is the great taste that our teas can provide. Eg: if you want to drink Rooibos for it’s amazing health claims then why not drink one that tastes amazing? To prove a point….we have won 27 Great Taste Awards over the past few years! Tea production involves many different stages and generally includes picking, withering, rolling and firing. So much depends on the knowledge and skill of the producers and no more so in the case of high quality, hand-processed teas such as those specially chosen by SUKI TEA.
Who wouldn’t want to head to the foothills of the Himalayas and pick tea??? Our expert Tea Tasters, Oscar and Annie take off twice annually to various parts of the tea growing regions to don their ‘man from del-monte’ hats and pick the best product going. There is a lot of tasting, negotiating and gazing off into the distant landscape in awe.
“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. Traveling to source is a crucial part of our ethos about being transparent” Oscar Woolley- Suki Tea Taster.