This guest post was written by The Editor’s Diary
Once fall hits, there’s nothing I love more than lighting a candle, curling up on the couch with a book, and pouring myself a cup of hot tea. These days I’ve been cutting down on my caffeine so when JusTea sent me a few samples of their low caffeine organic Kenyan teas, I was excited to try them out.
Welcoming Fall with JusTea
JusTea has been working directly with farmers in Kenya since 2012 to produce ethical, sustainable, fair trade purple, green, oolong, herbal and black artisanal organic loose leaf teas. The project is a partnership with the Kenyan Katah family and the Nandi Hills community. Over the years JustTea has developed authentic relationships with Kenyan farmers, (often by sitting down and sharing cups of tea in their homes) and in six years has helped create over 200 jobs paying fair wages to Kenyans, including women who hand-harvest the teas.
Knowing this makes drinking JusTea a warm and fuzzy experience on many levels (and not just because I’m wearing a pair of woolly socks while doing so).
A cup of Purple Chocolate Tea
JusTea’s new purple chocolate tea, which includes Kenya fair trade purple tea, rose petals and cacao shells, takes its feel-good factor to another level because, in addition to using organic fair trade tea leaves and supporting Kenyans, it also uses organic cacao shells supplied by the social enterprise East Van Roasters.
Founded by The Portland Hotel Society, East Van Roasters employs women struggling with mental health and addiction issues in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighborhood. Here, the women work as baristas and kitchen support staff, an experience which provides them with newfound skills, confidence, and independence.
If you’ve never heard of or tasted purple tea, you are likely not alone. Most multinational factories don’t accept any purple tea leaves, so they are quite uncommon on the North American market. But purple tea, which you can buy online, has many unique qualities and benefits, including the fact that it contains more antioxidants than any other tea. JusTea introduced purple tea to their collection, which is available for purchase online, in 2017. They have since received two prestigious awards including Best Innovative Packaging and Product of the Year.
Tea is the Perfect Christmas Gift
And what beautiful packaging it is! The colourful pastel tins which come with a beaded hand-carved measuring spoon are so pretty that I’m planning to give a few tins away as Christmas gifts, while the tea satchels will be great to stuff into stockings.