Fancy a Brew? The Top Five Fairtrade Teas

PrintTea is probably one of the most commonly bought fairtrade products in the UK. We love our tea and we love our fairtrade! Thankfully it’s not too difficult to switch your usual brew for one that pays the farmers enough to support their families. Here is a list of my favourite teas, many of which are available in your local supermarket.

1) Clipper Teas

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Every single bag that Clipper produces is fairtrade! This gives you an excellent selection from black teas to specialty blends and fruity infusions. They can also boast that there are no artificial ingredients in any of their products. My favourite flavour at the moment is Strawberry and Rhubarb which is giving me a taster of summer. Clipper can be found in most supermarkets.

2) Cafedirect

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They may be remembered for their coffees but Cafedirect make some excellent teas. Their everyday tea is a delicious cup you can enjoy at anytime and their new One Acre varieties are all slightly differently flavoured depending on the region they are grown in. My favourite of the lot has to be the Uganda Bushenyi Hills Tea. Again, I’ve seen these in most supermarkets and also in Oxfam shops.

3) Pukka

VanillaChai-FT_CMYK_NEWWhile Pukka can’t claim that all of their teas are fairtrade, a large number of them are. This is where the fairtrade logo comes in which you can see in the bottom right hand corner of the box. Vanilla chai is without doubt my favourite one here, it’s beautiful in the winter. These are slightly harder to get hold of but can be found in some supermarkets as well as Oxfam shops.

4) Traidcraft

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Traidcraft is a one stop shop for all your fairtrade needs and their tea range is no exception. Here you can find all kinds of black and herbal teas and you’re guaranteed to be getting a gorgeous cuppa.

5) Supermarket Own Brand

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All of the hot drinks you can buy in the Co-op are fairtrade. This is a massive step and one that hopefully all supermarkets will one day choose to engage with. For now though you can find a fairtrade own brand tea in most major supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Tesco, M&S and Waitrose. This means it’s now easier than ever to swap your normal brew for a fairtrade one!

This list is by no means exhaustive. There are lots of other fairtrade tea companies out there so don’t be afraid to try something new!

What are your tips for a good cuppa?

 

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How to Eat Vegan and Gluten Free at the Isle of Wight Festival – Part 2!

Quick Note:

I am currently away at Glastonbury Festival and this is a queued post. I will answer all comments on my return! 🙂

This is the second post about my vegan and gluten free food experiences at this year’s Isle of Wight festival. You can find part one here.

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Peckish Peacock was pretty famous amongst the vegans in our group! This colourful stand sold some amazing curry which was better than any curry I’ve tried at a festival before. The box you can see above is The Peckish Peacock Special Box which contained chickpea and spinach curry, cumin rice, pakoras and mini poppadoms. I’m not a poppadom fan but the rest was delicious and it was a huge portion for £8! The stall also sold coconut and mango lassi which sounded nice and refreshing. I’m hoping to see Peckish Peacock again!

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I found the Solace tent at last year’s festival and was glad to see it again. Solace is run by all of the local church groups on the Isle of Wight who get together and bake cakes to give out to festival goers. This year there were gluten free cakes and dairy free cakes available but sadly no vegan ones. As you can see in the picture though, there was an extensive tea menu! These cups of tea were served in real mugs and were given away for free! The tent had a lovely vibe and was full of comfy chairs, cushions and rugs to relax on. I highly recommend it.

As most vegans and coeliacs do, I always make sure I’m stocked up on snacks! My managers kindly brought along some excellent food for me to try including Clive’s Pies (some of these are gluten free and they can all be eaten cold), Vegusto Cheese and some Buckwheat crackers. I made sure I was stocked up on Nakd bars and soups that could be made with hot water. As there was a Morrisons down the road, I also snacked on fresh bananas, peaches and cherry tomatoes. I have just done my shopping for food to take to Glastonbury so I will do a full post on how to prepare for a festival very soon.

That’s it for my food roundup! Overall the Isle of Wight festival was not great for vegan/gluten free food. There were some options available though and the Morrisons was a godsend! I’ll let you know how I get on at Glastonbury!