Proudly Manufacturing Teas in Seattle, WA

Did you know that we are one of the few tea companies in the U.S. that manufacturers our own teas? Many companies outsource this entire process overseas, but we proudly blend and package our teas at our certified organic facility in Seattle, WA.

For twenty-five years, we’ve been sourcing organic teas from around the globe, building a worldwide network of direct relationships with tea growers and suppliers of consumer and earth friendly tea packaging materials, such as unbleached natural fiber tea bag paper and string. To us, an important part of being an outstanding organic tea company is that we also package the delicious teas that we source. Along with proudly contributing to the U.S. job market, being our own manufacturer allows us to control quality more on several counts.

One of the important ways we assure quality is that our manufacturing plant has a HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) management system in place. HACCP management ensures food safety by monitoring and recording every step involved in the processing of our teas, from when the tea arrives at our facility to when it is shipped to you.

Another benefit to packaging our teas is that we only manufacture teas. We don’t have to worry about cross-contamination from other types of foods that may be common allergens, because we don’t process any other types of foods. We’ve even gone the extra step to be gluten-free certified and kosher certified.

We also have an in-house machine shop with technicians specially trained to keep our tea packing machines running smoothly. We can make adjustments as soon as we notice a problem, or fashion new parts that may be needed.

Because we maintain such a commitment to high-quality teas and their manufacturing, we’re always happy to hear if you encounter an issue with any of our products so we can resolve it as soon as possible. If you ever have a problem, you can reach us at or 800-882-8943.

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Earl Grey Packaging Improvements Are On the Way!

Earl Grey Packaging Update

Besides sporting the new look of our Original Line teas, we are pleased to announce the packaging for our Earl Grey and Decaf Earl Grey has been modified to better preserve the real, organic bergamot oil in these teas.

While pure bergamot oil tastes and smells delicious, it has presented some challenges for our biodegradable packaging, such as neutralizing the food grade adhesive that holds the box together and causing the paper envelopes to open. We apologize if you or any of your customers have experienced these inconveniences.

We use paper envelopes in our Original Line to reduce their environmental impact, but of course, we need to maintain our commitment to quality as well, which is why we have decided to package the Earl Grey and Decaf Earl Grey with airtight, sealed envelopes. With this change, the boxes will be slightly larger and no longer need the cellophane overwrap.

We appreciate your understanding of our decision to make these changes and hope it will improve your experience. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach us at 1-800-882-8943 or

Notice anything different?

New Original Boxes

We’ve made some improvements to our Original Line packaging. Can you spot the changes?

  • New 100% Organic logo added – All of our teas are certified organic by the USDA (95% organic ingredient minimum) and most of our teas qualify as 100% organic
  • New Gluten-Free Certified logo added
  • Non-GMO logo added to front panel
  • Updated Fair Trade Certified logos stating percentage of Fair Trade ingredients

Even though our third-party certifier does not require it, we added the percentage of Fair Trade ingredients under the front logo as part of our commitment to higher transparency. Most of our teas are Fair Trade Certified and many are 100% Fair Trade Certified. The only exceptions are teas that contain ingredients sourced from countries where the Fair Trade certification program is not available, such as the U.S. and Japan.

We hope that these improvements will further communicate our dedication to high quality teas that are socially and environmentally responsible.

Let us know what you think!

How to Use Earl Grey Tea to Enhance Your Cookies

Roberta Fuhr, a local tea lover, teacher, and owner of Experience Tea Studio in Issaquah, WA, created these delicious Lady Grey Shortbread Cookies and directions on how to use Earl Grey tea in your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Check them out to get some yummy baking inspiration for fall!

Lady Grey Shortbread

1 cup unsalted butter

1 cup powdered sugar

1-1/2 cups cornstarch

Dry tea from 4 teabags of Earl Grey Tea

1-1/2 tsp. food-grade lavender

1-1/2 cups unbleached white flour

Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 baking sheet with parchment paper.

Stir or sift the cornstarch, flour, Earl Grey tea, and salt together and set aside. Cream the softened butter with the sugar for one to two minutes in an electric mixer. Slowly add the dry ingredients and blend until the ingredients are incorporated and the dough holds together (it will be kind of dry, but workable). Give it a few kneads on a lightly floured cutting board.

Divide dough, wrapping half in an air-tight container while you roll out the other half. Roll to 3/8” thickness and cut with small round or theme cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheet and prick the cookies with a fork (preferably three times, but depends on the size of your cookies).

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. You want the cookies to be completely baked, but not brown. Remove the cookies to a wire rack to completely cool. Store air tight.

Earl Grey Influenced Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is a wonderful enhancement to traditional chocolate chip cookies. Make your standard chocolate chip cookie recipe on the back of the 12 oz. bag of Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips (almost every brand has a similar recipe). Add the tea from four tea bags of Earl Grey tea to the dough and mix well.

Drop by teaspoonful on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly browned. Remove the cookies to a wire rack to completely cool. Store air tight.

Experience Tea Studio

Above, take a peek into the Roberta’s Experience Tea Studio! You can find more information about classes, events, and more at the Experience Tea website and Facebook page. Thank you, Roberta, for sharing these recipes!


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.


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

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, 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:

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: