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.

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3 thoughts on “Our Teas Are Now Certified Gluten-Free!

  1. We love your tea and drink every day decaf green, rooibos, and white. In fact we give out your tea to our friends and colleagues regularly. Issue: I have recently experienced several times now (not every time) where your tea bags fall apart and I am left with a mess! I don’t know if you have changed what you are doing to tie them, but it has happened enough to want to bring this to your attention. Thanks so much, and keep up the good work!

  2. You need to do something about the packaging of the Earl Grey Tea. For the last several months, the box that the Earl Grey comes in, falls apart when opening.

    And just recently, the Earl Grey tea bags fall apart leaving tea leaves all in the water. Please consider putting the “Spirit of Excellence” back into your packaging.

    Somebody is halfway doing their job and just slapping it all together.

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