Did you know that tea is one of the most highly sprayed crops we consume? Sadly, the chemicals used to douse most tea plants are never washed off during processing meaning that all those undesired chemicals are coming off for the first time in your cuppa! We are committed to using organic teas and ingredients here at Beach House Teas. All of our teas are organic and certified fair trade, plus 98% of the ingredients we use to blend with our teas are also organic.
Our tea leaves come from a few different places depending on the tea blend, but most from China. There are currently only about five farms in the US that are growing the tea plant, but none are at the production needed for most US based tea companies and usually produce for themselves.
We work with a company that sources tea for us. When they consider a farm or harvesting site, they extensively review plant materials and take the health of their customers and the environment into serious consideration. They personally visit each producer to verify their partnership and that sustainability is practiced. The tea leaves in particular are cultivated on organic tea estates tended by generations of expert growers. The tea leaves are all organic certified. They then rigorously test each product in their in-house quality control laboratory to insure it is safe to consume or use.
FLAVORINGOur tea blending style is unique and any flavor we add are pure organic extracts. Flavorings labeled natural can still contain questionable ingredients so we stay away from them altogether. Our tea blends gain their flavors from REAL food such as spices, herbs, flowers, nuts, fruits, etc. This brings a distinctly delicious taste and aroma to your tea, providing a burst of fresh flavor unlike anything you have ever experienced from teas with flavorings. To read more about the pure organic extracts we use, read our blog post here.
We are a family business! We lovingly handcraft, package and ship all teas, herb infused sugars, tea-infused bath products ourselves to ensure freshness and stellar quality for every order that goes out the door. We do not use a co-packing facility. We package all of our items by hand right down to the individual tea bags. We use very little machinery in our process. This way we can assure the quality and freshness of our products.
We care about getting fresh, delicious tea to you and about it staying that way until you're done drinking it. That's why we ship our teas in superior quality packaging. Each bag has a resealable zipper that can be used many, many times without malfunctioning and has a five-layer body that protects your tea from light, moderate heat and humidity.
SHELF LIFE & STORAGE
We do not use any preservatives or other such chemicals in our tea blends This means your tea is in its purest (and healthiest) form. This also means that you do need to be mindful of shelf life. We recommend consuming your tea within 9-12 months of purchase for best/freshest quality and flavor. We recommend storing your tea for no longer than 12-15 months, especially for tea blends containing nuts or fruit pieces. For daily storage, be sure your tea is kept away from light, which can deteriorate the quality of your tea leaves, and air. Latch lock canisters, or stoneware/ceramic canisters with rubber gasket sealed lids are fantastic for storing loose tea!