Founders: Neeraj and Vishaka Agarwal
Company location: Reading, England
Social media: Twitter and Facebook
Link to Tea People website

Over the past couple of years, I have seen numerous tea companies adopt various commitments to social and environmental causes. These causes are especially important since they seek to help tea farmers and pickers who are not being duly compensated for their labour and are thus living in poverty. I wrote a previous blog post that highlighted some of these issues, and The Guardian published an article in July that discussed how child slavery was being fuelled by poor wages given to tea pickers in India.

Recently I was in touch with Neeraj Agarwal, a co-founder of Tea People, about reviewing some tea and learning more about his company’s social commitment. I felt compelled to feature Tea People on my blog because of their strong commitment to help improve educational opportunities for children in the Darjeeling region. When you purchase from Tea People, 50% of the profit from the sale goes directly to projects that Tea People supports. Currently they are helping two school in the Darjeeling region to make repairs and purchase basic necessities such as furniture, classroom materials, toilets, etc. You can learn more about Tea People’s ongoing projects by click here.

Of course I cannot end this post without mentioning Tea People’s tea. Tea People carries a large selection of tea: everything from black, green, oolong, white and herbal tea that is sold in loose form or in tea bags. I would highly suggest that you try some of their Darjeeling teas. Recently I reviewed their Makaibari First Flush Darjeeling and was super impressed. Tea People sells sample-size pouches of tea, so you can try as many as you like, and they offer free UK shipping on orders over £25.

Try Tea People today and feel even better knowing that proceeds from your daily cuppa are supporting important projects in Darjeeling.


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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