JusTea, Justly Made Tea

JusTea offers the first and only farmer-direct tea from Kenya. We partner directly with small-scale tea farming families and communities to ensure that the farmers are paid a fair wage, that we reinvest in the community, and that you get the freshest, most delicious tea possible.

Committed to Fair Employment and Investing in the Kenyan Community

Mission

JusTea was founded when the Bain family (from Canada) met the Katah family (from Kenya), and learned the challenges that small-scale farmers in Kenya face. The mission was born to create new opportunities for employment, pay higher wages, and reinvest in tea-farming communities. This relationship and mission is at the core of everything we do.

Women's Co-op

JusTea is the first North-American partner for this cooperative's organic herbal teas. Over 80% of the employees are women and they support hundreds of farmers in their community.

Meet some of the JusTeam members.

100% Fair-Trade Tea Collection and A Proud Member of the Fair Trade Federation

JusTea is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation which is a holistic approach to fair-trade supply-chain. We are one of the few tea companies in North America that have been verified by the FTF because all of our teas strictly follow fair-trade principles. 

JusTea: Hand-Picked, Quality, Whole-Leaf Tea

JusTea exclusively offers whole leaf tea. This results in a more delicious and much fuller flavour. Every JusTea leaf is hand-picked in the garden to select the best quality and maintain the whole leaf quality. We work directly with the farmers to consistently provide you with an Award Winning cup of tea.

Explore our tea collections

JusTea’s Sustainable Tea Farming in Kenya

Our goal is to actively improve the environment through sustainable farming practices, encouraging biodiversity and soil-regeneration, and providing earth-friendly packaging for all our products. We make sure you receive the tastiest tea possible with the lowest carbon footprint.

100% Pesticide and Chemical Free Soil

Kenya’s equatorial climate, high elevation, and nutrient-rich volcanic-ash soil, make it the perfect place to grow tea. Unlike other tea growing regions that spray their tea leaves with pesticides, there are no indigenous pests for the Kenyan tea bushes so no farmers in Kenya spray pesticides. JusTea farmers partners either use natural fertilizer (composting and animal manure) or twice a year apply basic garden fertilizer (NPK - Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium).

Eco-Friendly, Organic Tea Grown On A Small Scale

Instead of mono-cropping with large tea plantations, our small tea gardens provide a more natural biodiversity for vegetation and animals. JusTea is organically-grown, hand-picked, whole-leaf Kenyan tea processed in small batches, meaning you get a better-tasting, incredibly fresh cup of tea.

Earth Friendly Packaging & Plastic Free Tea Bags

Our tea tins are reusable and recyclable. We recommend buying one tin and then using our 100% recyclable pouches to refill your tins. JusTea's Pyramid Tea Bags are 100% plastic-free and compostable in just 3 weeks.

Growing Biodiverse Food Gardens

JusTea is an official partner of Thrive. Sales from our tea support planting Organic Life Gardens in Kenya. Learn more about JusTea’s impact with Thrive here.

The Journey to Tea From Kenya: JusTea's Story

Most people don’t know it, but Kenya is actually the largest exporter of Black Tea in the world! There are over half-a-million small-scale Kenyan tea farmers. Unfortunately, when these farmers harvest their tea leaves, their only option is to sell them at a low price to large-scale factories. We first learned of this farmer hardship on our initial trip to Kenya in 2012. We spent a week with Davison and Grace on their one-acre “shamba” and heard from them and their neighbours that they were going to have to uproot their tea bushes because their tea earnings did not provide them with basic family needs – food, water, sanitation, and education. 

After many trips to Kenya, meeting with farmers, researching the tea industry, and consulting with NGOs on the ground, we knew there could be a different experience for Kenyan tea farmers and tea drinkers around the world. Since 2012, we have partnered with the Katah family and the Nandi Hills community to establish Kenya’s first-ever “Artisanal Tea Cottage Factory” owned and managed by small-scale tea farmers! We are leading the research and processing of new Kenyan teas (like Purple Tea!) but more importantly we are paying fair-prices for farmers tea leaves and creating steady employment where there wasn’t any before.