Are Organic Teas Better?

The controversial truth about Organic teas and a little word about Pesticides and Heavy Metals.


We have a lot of teas at Mei Leaf but probably less than ten percent are certified Organic and we have so many people walking into our teahouse requesting nothing but Organic tea. Clearly the perception out there is that Organic automatically means safer and higher quality.

I am totally in favour of the Organic movement in principal. Less synthetic means of food production is in general a good thing for us all. However, it is important that as consumers we go a little further than the simplistic Organic stamp of approval to make our purchasing choices.

Organic is mostly a safety net for poor to medium quality tea. It gives you the confidence that at least the tea is less likely to have nonsense sprayed on it (although heavy metals is another thing as I discuss in this video). But if you want high quality tea then it is unlikely that they will be certified Organic. In this video I explain why.

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