Organic Certification is especially important when it comes to tea. The first time tea comes into contact with water is when it steeps in our cups. Organic cultivation protects the environment, the farmers, and you. Organic tea farming began in 1987. Beyond delivering the highest quality product, organic agriculture ensures a healthy and sustainable environment because organic farming does not use chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or insecticides. This practice preserves our earth’s resources by minimizing pollutants, as well as protects the health of the workers who would otherwise be exposed. We, at Numi, are proud that all of our tea bags and loose teas are certified organic.
According to Organic.org, “organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation.” Organic agriculture promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles, soil biological activity through management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.
How do I know if something is organic?
Organic Certification is awarded, regulated, and monitored by third parties.
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The USDA has identified four categories of labeling organic products:
- 100% Organic: Made with 100% organic ingredients
- Organic: Made with at least 95% organic ingredients
- Made With Organic Ingredients: a minimum of 70% organic ingredients with strict restrictions on the remaining 30% including no GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
- Products with less than 70% organic ingredients may list organically produced ingredients on the side panel of the package, but may not make any organic claims on the front of the package. CLICK HERE! Your purchase makes an impact! Enjoy 15% off: Get Yours Today!
When we come Together for H2OPE, the impact is life-changing.
Your Numi purchases support this nonprofit initiative of Numi Foundation, funded by Numi Inc. Public Benefit Corporation, our supply chain partners, our employees, the villagers themselves, and generous tea-loving consumers like you.
844 million people around the world lack access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s why we’ve partnered with our global farming communities to ensure access by building or repairing water and sewage infrastructure and administering community-led education. Together for H2OPE is a unique program because it’s led by the farmers and their communities, with long-term plans to maintain water access for future generations.
The first Together for H2OPE initiative impacted our turmeric farming community in Madagascar, who experienced clean, safe drinking water for the first time in their lives. H2OPE has since expanded to the largest organic, Fair Trade tea estate in India, where most of our black teas are grown, harvested and processed.
Next, Together for H2OPE will expand to our chamomile and mint farmers in Egypt and rooibos farmers in South Africa. Join us! Together for H2OPE is a nonprofit program bringing clean, safe drinking water to our farming communities around the world. Your support helps make this life-changing initiative possible. What is tea without water?
Numi uses full leaf quality (FOP grade & above) organic tea in all of our products. Our full leaf teas steep slowly and evenly, and deliver a smooth, rich flavor. Since Numi sources premium quality teas and herbs, there is no need to mask our teas and teasans with flavorings.
After tea leaves are picked, they are sorted by size. The larger the leaf, the greater its surface area for steeping. The longer it takes to steep, the more complex and nuanced the infusion. Whole Leaf Grades are primarily used for loose leaf tea. They range from Orange Pekoe* to Flowery Orange Pekoe to Super Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (STGFOP). Numi uses Flowery Orange Pekoe (FOP) and above for our tea bags. Broken Leaf Grades are used in premium tea bags and consist of Orange Pekoe, or the hand-picked top two leaves and bud of the tea plant.
Fannings are the small pieces of tea that have fallen to the bottom in the sifting process, and are left over after higher grades of teas are gathered and sold. Fannings with extremely small particles are sometimes called “dust.” Fannings and dust are considered the lowest grades of tea. These are predominantly used in lower quality tea bags. Due to their small surface area, these tea bags can only be steeped for a short time before tannin (a natural compound in tea) is released. This results in a bitter taste. This grade of tea is often masked with milk, sugar, or flavorings.
*Orange Pekoe has nothing to do with the taste of orange. Rather, the term Orange refers to the Dutch noble House of Orange-Nassau, which brought tea to Europe during the 18th century.
Most teas on the market are blended or sprayed with “natural” or artificial flavorings or fragrances. This results in a manufactured perfumey after-taste that masks the true flavor of tea. Flavorings are made by “flavorists” in a laboratory who extract the constituents of plant, animal, or dairy products through heating, roasting, or enzymolysis. Flavorings could also be developed through a synthetic chemical process, and they are devoid of nutritional value.
Organic Assam black tea is scented with real Bergamot orange so the tea absorbs the orange scent Organic green tea scented with real jasmine blossoms. Real orange peel, schizandra berries and lemongrass are blended with a floral white tea. A unique velvety infusion of real organic cocoa, vanilla beans and spices with Pu-erh black tea.