What would seem as an ordinary, if not boring, Monday is really International Tea Day!
According to Wikipedia, this December 15th holiday began in 2005 in the tea producing regions of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Uganda, India and Tanzania and "aims to draw global attention of governments and citizens to the impact of the global tea trade on workers, small growers and consumers." The ramifications of any global market hits hardest at the people who do the most work.
I've written other blog articles on the best places to get tea, but this time around I would like to recognize one of my favorite, ethical tea businesses. Tealet is a startup founded by Elyse Peterson who started a company to link independent tea growers around the world directly to customers. Not only do they offer tons of information about their growers and products, but they are very transparent about how your purchase directly impacts the farmer. Tealet is paving the way in the tea world with great social media engagement, videos that interview tea farmers and tour their fields, and through accepting cryptocurrency.
What makes Tealet even cooler, is that Elyse Peterson stopped by CoHabitat in downtown Shreveport on her Tea Tour Across America. She met with a small group of fellow startup businesses to discuss supply chains, gaining funders, and yes - taste tea. It really means a lot for someone to take the time to swing by our tiny side of the world!
As I type this, I realize that I have never spent a single dime on the teas of Tealet! In honor of International Tea Day and the hard work of Tealet, I'm going to be making a purchase. Go have yourselves a cuppa too!