Our Teas Are Now Certified Gluten-Free!

This spring, we are proud to announce that our teas have been certified gluten-free by the Gluten Intolerance Group. Our customers that may have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity can also be assured that our packaging materials do not contain gluten. In addition, our certified organic tea packing facility in Seattle does not process anything with gluten, so there is no risk of cross-contamination.

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You may be wondering, “Why do I need to worry about gluten in tea?”  While Camellia sinensis, the plant from which tea comes, does not contain any gluten on own its own, gluten is sometimes introduced to tea products by manufacturers as an additive. For example, flavors made with grains containing gluten can be added. (Our flavors do not contain gluten.) Also, sometimes barley malt is used as a sweetener and roasted barley itself can be made into tea. (We do not use barley in any of our teas.) And finally, some tea companies may use gluten-containing glue to close their tea bags. (Our tea bags are sewn shut, so this is not an issue.)

For these reasons and the many phone calls and emails we’ve received from concerned customers, we are pleased that we can offer the added confidence of third party verification that our teas are gluten free. To learn more about our certifier, the Gluten Intolerance Group, visit gluten.net.

Support World Water Day and WaterAid with us!

WaterAidSaturday, March 22nd is World Water Day, a day established to raise awareness of the fact that 1 in 8 people does not have access to safe drinking water. As part of our commitment to a healthy planet, we are donating 20¢ of every box sold during the month of March to WaterAid, an international organization that has brought safe water to nearly 16 million people around the world. Join us in our effort by purchasing a box of tea and reward yourself with 10% off. Just use promo code WATERAID14 through the end of March to take advantage.

To learn more about WaterAid’s efforts and impact, visit their website or Facebook page.

Share the love this Valentine’s Day with 10% Off Whole Leaf Organics, February 4th-14th!

Indulge yourself or someone special with our luxury line of Whole Leaf Organics teas. With rich flavors like Lychee WhiteEstate Blend DarjeelingJade Green, and Chamomile Citrus, you’re sure to find a little romance in your cup. Use promo code WLO14 on our website to take advantage. Wishing everyone a happy Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Holidays! Take 15% Off All Teas December 10th-18th.

Still wondering what to get everyone on your list? Sometimes the simple pleasures in life make the best gifts. Our Whole Leaf Organics line will delight with a little extra luxury. Our new Wellness Teas* are perfect for the health-conscious tea sipper. And with over 60 varieties, our large collection of Fair Trade Certified™ Teas give back while delivering an exceptional cup. Use promo code HOLIDAY13 on our website December 10th-18th to stock up and save!

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Take 10% Off Fair Trade Teas for Fair Trade Month

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Every time you purchase one of our Fair Trade Certified™ teas you’re supporting a better life for tea workers in developing countries. Fair wages, safe working conditions, and worker-managed premiums for healthcare, education, and other community needs are all benefits you support when you enjoy our Fair Trade teas. With over 60 offerings, you won’t have trouble finding a favorite and toasting Fair Trade Month! Use promo code FTCHOICE13 through October to get this offer.

Visit Us at the Northwest Tea Festival October 5th & 6th!

NWTF2013The premiere tea festival in the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Tea Festival, will delight long-time tea lovers and new fans of all ages with tea tastings, classes, lectures and great shopping with local vendors.  Just in time for the official kick-off of “Tea Season,” the festival will once again be held October 5th and 6th, 2013 in the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109.

The Northwest Tea Festival is offering products, information and seminars for more than 2,000 tea lovers and aspiring tea professionals.  The goal is to provide experiences covering all aspects of tea, from the cultural to the historical and the sensory to the scientific.

At our Choice Organic Teas booth, we’ll be serving samples of our new Wellness Teas and  selling select teas from our collection. Please note, we are only accepting cash and check for purchases.

Entry to the Northwest Tea Festival is free to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 which includes a free porcelain tasting teacup and festival bag.  Select lectures and tastings may require additional fees. Seating is limited and pre-registration is suggested and available on the festival’s website, www.nwteafestival.com. Hours for the Tea Festival are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5th and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6th.

New highlights this year will be the Tea in History Art Show, Raku Tea Bowl firing demonstrations, and a Korean Tea Ceremony performance.   Additionally, Mike & Emeric Harney of Harney & Sons and James Norwood Pratt, noted tea author, will be featured presenters.  Other sponsors this year include: Perennial Tea Room, Ito En, Harney & Sons, Choice Organic Teas, Smacha, Bunn, and Northwest Folklife.  A list of this year’s vendors may be found by clicking: http://www.nwteafestival.com/vendor13.php

Returning features of the tea festival include:

  • Appearances and teaching by James Norwood Pratt, author and world recognized authority on tea and tea lore, including “James Norwood Pratt’s NEW Tea Lover’s Treasury”
  • A full line-up of presentations and workshops on tea and related topics
  • Our perennially favorite tea tastings – try new teas and discover new favorites!
  • The Wu-wo Tea Ceremony
  • Tea and teaware vendors from the Pacific Northwest and across the country showcasing  their teas, beautiful teacups, teapots, and tea accessories

For more information on the Northwest Tea Festival visit our web site:  www.nwteafestival.com.