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Did you know every time you purchase one of our Fair Trade Certified™ teas you’re empowering tea workers to improve their lives? That’s because a Fair Trade premium is included in every purchase and paid directly to tea workers to spend on community development programs as they see fit. From May 1st through 12th, take 10% off all our Fair Trade teas using promo code FTDAY.

With over 60 varieties of Fair Trade teas in our line, it’s easy to find one (or many) you love. Learn more about how Fair Trade works from our website. World Fair Trade Day is May 12th, with world events scheduled May 6th-20th.

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On Saturday, May 12th, we will be hosting a special event “Fair Trade Teas from Around the World Company Tour and Tasting” at Choice Organic Teas in Seattle from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Have you ever wondered what goes into bringing your tea to the grocery shelves or what makes Fair Trade teas so special?  Come find out and get a chance to dive into the world of tea with our twenty plus years of experience. We are inviting guests for a rare opportunity to visit our tea company and explore the world of Fair Trade Certified™ teas.

The program includes refreshments, a tour of our certified organic facility, an introduction to Fair Trade, and a tea tasting featuring Fair Trade Certified teas guided by our experienced staff. Admission includes a complimentary mug, an assortment of tea samples, and 3 boxes of tea. Tickets are $50 and limited to 12 guests, so be sure to get your ticket soon here!

We are located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, just off I-5. Free parking is available in our parking lot and on the street. View our location here.

We hope to see you there!

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For us, 2011 marks ten years of bringing you Fair Trade Certified™ teas!

As the first tea crafter in North America to offer Fair Trade Certified™ teas, supporting our partners and their communities in the developing world has long been a priority of ours.  Before tea became a Fair Trade certifiable commodity, Choice Organic Teas sent additional funds to benefit tea workers, specifically for improving living and working conditions. Working with TransFair, we initiated the development of the Fair Trade certification for tea that has become the present day standard.

Today, Fair Trade premiums are worker-managed to support a community’s specific needs. In the Chamong gardens of India’s Assam and Darjeeling regions, workers receive social security, medical and maternity benefits, and have built hospitals and schools. The Sewpur Tea Estate constructed a new school and recreation building and has made improvements to workers’ homes in the form of cooking stoves and mosquito nets. The Putharjhora gardens have used premiums to not only fund education and healthcare, but a mother’s club that educates women about illness, medicine, and other family issues. The Oothu Singampatti Tea Estates have used premiums toward healthcare, education, women’s programs, and retirement.

In China, the Da Zhang Shan cooperative has built a school, library, computer classroom, and student dormitory and created a training program to preserve organic agricultural practices. The Jingmai Mangjing Tea Association has used their Fair Trade premiums to subsidize school expenditures such as desks, chairs, teaching equipment, teachers’ bonuses, and scholarships. Choice Organic Teas is proud to support the Fair Trade programs that have made these innovations possible.

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