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The Best Tea Brands

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Tea has become a British staple inherent part of British culture – it’s up there with tennis, a Sunday roast and saying sorry. Tea has left a fixed mark on British life, and has been an inherent part of British culture for the last three centuries; it’s unlikely that it will stop being so anytime soon, particularly with its impressive healing powers for any situation you might find yourself in. With a role that is so intrinsic and sacramental to British life – it’s unsurprising that any tampering with the process can result in deep distress.

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Our definition of best

For a truly good cup of tea, you’ve got to source the right tea bag from the right brand. Luckily for you, we’ve done the hard work and and have found the best brands out there. Our version of ‘best’, though, isn’t just about taste – although that is imperative, obviously. To us though, to be the best – a brand must have sustainability, regeneration and ethics at the heart of its mission, whether that’s using plastic-free packaging or ensuring fair workers wages. So, here’s our roundup of the best tea brands out there which are creating great tea that gives back to the community: both people and the planet.

The Best Tea Brands

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UK Loose Leaf Tea Company

Cutting out the middle men, the UK Loose Leaf Tea Company collects its tea directly from the growers – meaning all the money goes to the rural farmers who make this organically-grown tea. Ninety-eight per cent of its orders are now plastic free, with the option to opt for an 100 per cent plastic free service at checkout. There’s a plethora of different types of tea on offer, and, as the name suggests, it’s loose leaf tea – so get your teapot ready. theuklooseleafteacompany.co.uk

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Traidcraft

In 1979, Traidcraft brought the first ever cup of fair trade to the UK. Originally sourced from a charitable-owned farm in Sri Lanka, with profits split equally between the workers and the charitable trust, Traidcraft has now broadened its reach, and partnered with multiple growers. The commitment to prioritising great tasting tea that is ethically sourced it is at the heart of Traidcraft – and it pays off in taste. traidcraftshop.co.uk

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Twinings

Britain’s oldest tea-brand, Twinings was introduced in 1706 and holds a royal warrant; it has well earned its place on the list. And not only has it proven over the last three hundred years its success at producing high quality tea, but it’s also become strongly committed to making a positive social impact. From its position as founding member of Ethical Tea Partnership, to its partnerships with Save the Children and UNICEF, Twinings creates a comforting cup of tea which gives back to the community. twinings.co.uk

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Teapigs

Hot or cold? Alongside the usual black and herbal teas – served hot – Teapigs also specialises in creating special cold brew teas: tea designed to be served and drunk cold. It makes for a nicer, more authentic version for a great iced tea. Teapigs is a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership and has its own ethical scheme that works with and supports tea growing communities. teapigs.co.uk

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Tea Heritage

Tea Heritage is a boutique brand based in Lyon, France which works to create beautiful bagged-tea, with a focus on the creation and design process. Each teabag shape is individually designed, before being carefully sewn up. Giving back to the community is integral to Tea Heritage: the craftspeople in the team live in the local community and many of them are blind or partially sighted. Responsibly sourced, using organic products and creating beautiful bespoke tea bags, this is a very special tea brand. teaheritage.fr

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Birchall Tea

Not only does Birchall Tea promise seriously good tasting tea – it’s won 78 Great Taste Awards – but it also has a huge focus on sustainability. It’s the UK’s first fully solar powered tea factory, produces biodegradable tea bags, and all its products are 100 per cent carbon neutral. birchalltea.co.uk

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Pukka Herbs

Pukka Tea is a leading herbal tea brand which works closely with farmers and sources high-quality, organic ingredients to create delicious teas with health-beneficial effects. pukkaherbs.com

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Clipper Teas

Clipper Teas became the UK’s first official Fairtrade tea company in 1994 and now stands as the world’s largest Fairtrade tea brand. Clipper Teas’ dedication to using high quality and well-sourced ingredients in natural and compostable tea bags results in a seriously good cup of tea. clipper-teas.com

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