Stash Organic Breakfast Blend
By the 1700s tea at breakfast was part of the English lifestyle, having replaced the customary practice of drinking ale with breakfast. The prototype for English Breakfast was developed over a hundred years ago by a Scottish Teamaster in Edinburgh, and marketed simply as "Breakfast Tea". Today breakfast tea has become a favorite of tea drinkers worldwide and is the tea most often enjoyed during English High Tea. It is a blend of fine black teas, rich and full-bodied.
For our organic Breakfast blend tea, we combine flavorful Ceylon from Sri Lanka and full - bodied, dark Indian Assam for a rich and invigorating blend.
Ceylon, or its contemporary name, Sri Lanka, is a beautiful tropical island about the size of England and lies just 22 miles off the southern tip of India. Sri Lanka supplies about 25% of the world's tea. The nearly six hundred thousand acres of tea under cultivation provide well over half of the island's export earnings.
Sri Lanka is divided by a chain of mountains. The East side of the mountains is the Uva region and the West side is the Dimbulla region, each producing teas renowned for their distinct character and flavor.
Our Organic Ceylon is from the Dimbulla region which has tea estates at elevations of 5000 to 6000 feet and seasonal monsoons. Dimbulla was one of the first areas planted in the 1870s after tea took the place of coffee. The teas are harvested December through February. Dry winds coupled with bright days and cold nights contribute to this aromatic and flavorful tea. This tea is characterized by long, chestnut colored leaves and rich taste.
Assam, the birthplace of Indian tea, is the largest tea growing area in the world, with more than 2000 tea gardens. The Assam valley lies 120 miles east of Darjeeling, on the border with China, Burma and Bangladesh. The mighty Brahmaputra river weaves its impressive path through the vast rolling plains of the verdant Assam valley. The climate, the rich soil, and the indigenous tea plants give Assam teas their characteristic strong, full-bodied taste and liquor.
Our Organic Assam Black tea comes from the Sewpur Tea Estate in the Tinsukia district of Assam. Sewpur began producing tea in 1906 and now produces 100 metric tons of Organic tea each year. This tea has distinctive malty flavor, full-body and a warm, reddish brown color in the cup.
Both teas selected for our Organic Breakfast blend are certified by the renowned "Institute for MarketEcology" in Switzerland, which is an IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) member, recognized worldwide.
Note: Stash Tea is certified organic by Quality Assurance International. QAI is a professional organic certification service that is internationally recognized. QAI's program is designed to certify every step of the organic chain - from the land on which the product is grown, to the growers, to the post harvest facilities and the final processing and handling facilities.
Such diligence provides assurance that the end product is indeed organic and that it complies with state, provincial, national and international organic standards. Products which carry the QAI certification seal convey the confidence of an unbroken "chain of custody" that all materials and processes have been individually certified as organic.