At Arte & Zayne, we believe the best tea comes from biodiverse, organic tea plantations. The more we researched organic teas before we started, the more we fell in love with the organic tea concept. Not only do organic tea farms work with mother nature instead of fighting it but we have found the tea just tastes better. So we decided to only use certified organic ingredients to compose our signature tea blends.
However, for the average consumer it is not easy to know whether or not organic tea is better than conventional tea. Besides, there’s a lot of discussion on whether or not it actually matters. Here’s what we think.
Organic means no chemicals
One of the major differences between organic tea and conventional tea is that organic tea is grown without the use of chemicals. Stuff as fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides have well-documented harmful effects on the environment and on farmers and consumers who may ingest residues. We stumbled upon a Canadian study that found that pesticide residues in dry tea leaves do make their way into brewed tea. And since one of the reasons we like tea is they can be a significant source of antioxidants this made us cry a little bit.
As where conventional tea-growing methods may maximize production in the short term, there is a serious environmental and human cost. Choosing organic tea means supporting growing methods like plant-based natural fertilizers and deterrents, which are safer for the environment and for the farmers who work on the land. The benefit to you? No chemicals end up in your cup!
In cooperation with mother nature
In an interesting article about organic tea farming in China, a local organic tea farmer is interviewed. Quote: “There is something immensely satisfying about understanding the complexity of a system and working with that system, not against it to achieve your aim. Moreover, our tea simply tastes better for it. This is down to a number of factors, of course, granted processing and the breed of the plant play a huge role, but, all other variables being equal, truly organic produce has an extra intangible something which makes it all the more delicious. The tea we produce is more vibrant, fragrant and robust than anything we have encountered from non-organic farms.”
Even though there are many non-organic tea plantations that have been cultivating plants for years developing unique and delicious teas, we have found that organic teas seem to have a more velvety taste and tongue feel. We believe organic teas deliver more intense and purer taste experiences, beautiful to enjoy on their own and simply mesmerizing to pair and experiment with.
Pairing tea with food opens a world on its own. For centuries, sommeliers and chefs have been pairing food with wine and most of us are only just beginning to learn the concept of pairing tea with food. With real dishes that is. But it is simply spectacular! Tea superbly enhances the taste of a dish as well as the drink itself.
Unique pairing abilities
Just as with wines, the possibilities are nearly limitless and with all different types and varieties of tea available to pair with your culinary adventures, this may seem overwhelming. But we’re here to help! In our next blog we will dive deeper into the concept of tea and food pairing. We will provide you with the basic rules and reveal some really unique and awesome flavour combinations.
Choose organic tea
As for organic tea vs non organic tea: we highly recommend to choose organic kinds, honestly made and traded. Organic teas are not hard to come by, hardly cost more money and you really make a difference with each cup of tea you drink. We have already made that choice, so you will only find 100% organic and honest teas and tisanes in our tea shop.
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