Love your Neighbor, Love your Planet, Love your Tea! You'll smile when you experience our handpicked, expertly blended line of teas. Read more
This project was successfully funded on May 10, 2014.
About this project
Final Days! Bonus Rewards Unlocked!
Now when you back our project at the $35+ level, you'll receive all of these bonus rewards on top of whichever amazingly delicious teas you select:
- Four free samples of your choice!
- 2 full oz. of our signature organic sugar!
- 2 full oz. of additional tea of your choice!
- Access to 3 new community-picked flavors!
- And, a random sample one-quart bag of our new top-secret iced tea blends!
Thanks to all our backers for making these bonus rewards possible! And now, here's more info about our project...
Just Organic Tea – Love your Neighbor, Love your Planet, Love your Tea
Love your Neighbor: We strive to ensure that the farmers and workers who supply our ingredients are treated justly, and fairly compensated for their work. Your purchase helps farmers build sustainable businesses that can improve an entire community’s lives on a day-to-day basis.
Love your Planet: All of our tea blends are certified USDA Organic. Conventional tea growers spray their tea with a variety of fertilizers and pesticides. Due to the lax regulations in the countries where tea is grown, toxic chemicals outlawed in the USA are often used. Organic farming ensures you will receive a naturally delicious cup of tea, free from any harmful chemicals. In addition, you minimize the environmental impact of harmful farming practices. Does organic taste better? We think so, but don't take our word for it. Try it yourself!
Love your Tea: We deliver the finest, best tasting, most aromatic tea you'll ever experience. We source only the highest quality tea and blend it with the freshest ingredients. Each blend is lovingly crafted for maximum flavor. Prepare to fall in love with tea all over again as you breathe in the rich aromas and begin to taste the exquisite flavor profiles.
Meet the Team
- Seth Evans - Founder, VP of Sales. Seth is the the one who blends each of our new flavors, picking the best mix of spices and essential oils for maximum taste and aroma. Seth also loves playing with his twin daughters and his loyal Labrador.
- Elizabeth Evans - CFO, VP of Marketing. Elizabeth (or Ellie, as her friends call her) is usually the first one to test each new blend. She keeps the finances in order and communicates our message to the masses. Ellie also enjoys teaching her twin girls to paint.
- Rasul Welch - Photographer, Videographer. Rasul (or Rus) makes sure the beauty of our products shines through in print and on your screen. Plus, he plays a mean game of checkers.
Why We Need Your Help
Until now, we've blended our tea in small batches. This has helped us fine-tune our recipes to their current level of quality, but has also resulted in limited availability and higher prices. Now that we have our blends perfected, we're ready to mix in bulk – giving us the ability to meet higher demand and lower our prices while maintaining the high standard of quality we've set for ourselves. To order in bulk, we must order a minimum of 50lbs of tea for each blend we create. Considering that each teaspoon of tea weighs less than one tenth of an ounce – that's a lot of tea! With your help, we can reach our goal and provide you with the very best organic tea at a fair price for everyone – our growers, ourselves, and you!
Reward yourself with some delicious tea! We've structured our rewards to give you the most bang for the buck. Check out the reward levels to the right, and the corresponding pictures below. Receive free shipping anywhere in the USA, or a nominal fee outside the USA. Spread the word and share the love. Thank you so much for your support!
Choose from the following varieties of tea:
- Just Blissful Black Oothu: A smooth, balanced black tea with a long leaf. Blends perfectly with milk and sugar, but flavorful enough to stand alone. Also makes a great iced tea. This premium black tea is bio-dynamically produced in the Oothu Tea Estate, in Manimuttar, India. Fair trade & organic certified.
- Just Awesome Assam: A bold, malty black tea. Looking for a stronger black? You've found it. A great breakfast tea with a caffeine kick that won't leave you groggy. Our Assam tea is sourced from the famous Banaspaty estate in India. Fair trade & organic certified.
- Just Pure Green: A light and flavorful green tea, bio-dynamically produced in South India. Full of antioxidants. Plays well with honey. Tastes great hot or iced. Organic certified.
- Just A Taste of Spring: Our blend of spring fruits and flowers combine the first pink roses, vibrant magenta hibiscus, blue and white cornflowers, and a sprinkling of blueberries, in a base of pure organic green rooibos. Tastes great hot or iced. Naturally caffeine free.
- Just Epic Earl Grey: We've blended our premium black teas with a generous amount of oil of bergamot for a rich sensory experience. If you like Earl Grey, you'll love Just Earl Grey. Fair trade & organic certified.
- Just Charming Chai: Spicy and full of flavor. Our premium black teas mingle with cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and orange peel for an intense full-bodied flavor. If you like your chai spicy and rich, pick this blend. Or, for more tea flavor and less spice, mix with our Oothu tea to fit your taste. Fair trade & organic certified.
- Just Outstanding Orange Spice: Our premium black teas provide the backdrop for the sweet tartness of organic Valencia orange peel and exotic spices. Tastes great hot or iced. Or, prepare with milk for a unique chai.
- Just Naughty 'Nilla: We start with our premium black tea. Then, we add a generous amount of vanilla. Top it off with carob, and you've got the perfect dessert tea. Luxuriously rich and inviting, you'll melt into vanilla heaven with hints of caramel-chocolaty goodness. Organic certified.
- Just Organic Sugar: Our sugar is purely sweet, made from organically grown, evaporated cane juice. If you choose this option, you get double the amount! So, for every 2 oz. of sugar you select, you'll actually receive 4 oz.
- New Flavor Unlocked! Just Peachy White Tea: Our premium white tea mingles delicately with natural peach essence, orange peel, and a variety of spices. Contains about 1/2 the caffeine of our black tea, or about 1/4 the caffeine of a cup of coffee. Organic certified.
- New Flavor Unlocked! Just an Irish Breakfast: A rich, full-bodied tea for any time of day. A malty blend of Assam and Ceylon teas that goes excellently with milk and/or sugar, and tastes great straight up. Fair trade and organic certified.
- New Flavor Unlocked! Just Marvelous Minty Green: Our premium green tea mingles perfectly with spearmint for a cup of tea that will leave you feeling fresh and focused. Organic certified.
- "Mr. Tea" In-the-Cup Infuser: Your perfect tea-time companion. Just load his little silicone pants, perch him in your cup, relax for a minute as he does the work, then savor your tea of choice. Molded from food-safe, tasteless, soft silicone rubber.
- "TeaZe" Over-the-Cup Infuser: The Teaze infuser is a revolutionary new method of steeping loose leaf tea by the cup. Insert your desired dry tea or herbal tisane leaf into the steeping chamber, add hot water and watch the leaves tumble as the tea develops to the desired color and intensity. To dispense, simply place the Teaze infuser on top of any standard mug or cup. This step activates the flow-through valve, and allows the liquid to filter into your cup. 100% BPA-Free, with a surgical grade steel filter.
- Deluxe Wooden Display Box: An Elegant wooden hinged box with 6 clear lid tins to display your loose leaf organic teas. This felt-lined box makes a great gift or gives a dramatic presentation.
- Large Storage Canister: Protect your teas from light, air and moisture while sealing in the freshness. This canister is the perfect way to store your tea, keeping it fresh for a year or more. Holds approx. 8 oz. (half pound) of tea.
- $3250 – We are fully funded, and you can experience some great organic tea! Achieved!
- $4000 – All $35+ level backers receive a free sample of their choice. Achieved!
- $5000 – All $35+ level backers now receive a SECOND free sample of their choice. Achieved!
- $6000 – As a community, help us create a new flavor and add it to our lineup. All $35+ level backers get a THIRD free sample of their choice! Achieved! New flavors unlocked: "Just Peachy White Tea" and "Just an Irish Breakfast."
- $7000 – Sweet! All $35+ level backers now receive a 2oz. pack of our organic sugar for FREE. Achieved!
- $8,000 – Wowzers! All $35+ level backers receive an extra 2oz. of their choice of tea blends! Achieved!
- $9,000 - Craziness! As a community, help us create a new flavor and add it to our lineup. All $35+ level backers get a FOURTH free sample of their choice! Achieved! New flavor unlocked: "Just Marvelous Minty Green."
- $10,000 - Amazing! All $35+ level backers will receive a random sample of our newest top-secret iced tea blends, enough for a whole quart! (this tea will come in a 1-quart bag, ready to steep) Achieved!
- New Flavors: You asked, we delivered! Our new flavors are just amazing. With our great mix of teas to choose from, there's something for every tea lover.
- New Names: Our teas are outstanding, so we want them to stand out. Our new names were designed to do just that.
- New Art: Coming soon, we will reveal the new artwork which will be featured on our tea packaging.
- Lower Goal: After some lengthy discussions with our tea producers, we were able to negotiate lower batch order sizes, allowing us to keep our prices low with a lower Kickstarter goal.
Discount for Shipping to Canada
Live in Canada and want some great tea? Awesome! We're now offering a $5 discount on the shipping of any reward to Canada. Simply contribute $5 less than the required amount, and email us to confirm your reward level. Alternatively, you can contribute the standard amount, and we'll send you a bonus sample set of at least 3 flavors, or an additional 1 oz. of your choice!
Risks and challenges
Possible risks include delays from our tea growers, and the time it will take to carefully blend our teas for your enjoyment, especially if we receive a tremendous quantity of orders. However, we have established relationships with our growers, and they have shown themselves to be quite reliable. We will also work hard to blend, pack, and ship orders in a timely manner. If any challenges do arise, rest assured that we will keep you in the loop with regular communication. We want our tea in your hands as soon as possible, so you can recommend us to your friends!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Absolutely! You can add Mr. Tea for just $10, or the TeaZe for $22, or both for $30. Just send a note letting us know.
Pledge $10 or more
The Starter: Receive 4 samples of your choice of blends (each makes about 3 cups).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $15 or more
The Sampler: Receive a samples of each one of our 8 blends (each makes about 3 cups).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $15 or more
The Single: Receive 2oz. of any one blend of your choice (makes 25-32 cups).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $25 or more
The Double: Receive 4oz. of any one blend, or 2oz. of two blends of your choice (makes 50-64 cups).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $30 or more
The Triple: Receive 6oz. of any one blend, or 2oz. of three blends of your choice (makes 75-96 cups).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $35 or more
The Quad: Receive 8oz. of any one blend, or 2oz. of four blends of your choice (makes 100-125 cups).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $35 or more
The Steeper: Receive Mr. Tea, the cutest way to steep your tea (pictured below) PLUS everything listed in the "Triple."Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
The Perfect Cup: Receive the "Teaze" - our favorite way to steep tea (see description to the left), PLUS everything listed in the "Triple."Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
The Mini-Tour: Receive 1 oz. (12-16 cups) of every one of our eight tea varieties, PLUS a half pound of our signature organic sugar, AND "Mr. Tea," your adorable steeping companion.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $65 or more
The Connoisseur: Receive 1 Full Pound, divided any way you choose among our selection of teas (makes 200-250 cups).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
The Display: Receive 1 Full Pound, divided any way you choose among our selection of teas (makes 200-250 cups), PLUS a beautiful felt-lined wooden box to display your teas in.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
The Tour: Receive 2oz. (25-32 cups) of every one of our eight tea varieties, PLUS the TeaZe to steep your tea in, PLUS a full pound of our signature organic sugar.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $125 or more
A Year of Tea: Each month for a year, receive one 2 oz. package of tea (each makes 25-32 cups), and a few samples to help you pick your next tea. You can select your own flavors, or let us send you our seasonal favorites. PLUS, you'll receive "Mr. Tea" as your travelling tea companion, AND a full pound of our signature organic sugar, to sweeten the deal.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $150 or more
A Year of Tea + TeaZe: Get everything in included in "A Year of Tea," PLUS, a "Teaze" - our favorite way to steep tea.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $250 or more
Tea for Two: You and a friend will each receive a membership in our "Year of Tea" program, receiving everything listed. Or, double-up your own subscription, and get twice as much tea for yourself. Your name will be featured on our website as an Ultimate-level backer.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $250 or more
The Ultimate: Receive 8 oz. each of every one of our 8 delicious flavors of tea, each lovingly packed into its own air-tight, light-tight canister, PLUS a beautiful felt-lined wooden box to display your teas in. Your name will be featured on our website as an Ultimate-level backer.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
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The Muse: Imagine having your own signature blend of tea, for yourself or your business. With the "Muse," you will work with us to create your own inspired blend, help us name it, and it will become a special addition to our line of teas. We'll send you 5 full pounds in bulk, or 4 full pounds packaged into 2 oz. bags with custom labels. PLUS, receive everything else listed under "Ultimate." Your name (and picture, if you choose) will be featured on our website as the inspiration for the blend and as an Ultimate-level backer.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)
The Experience: Work with us to plan your perfect night in Columbus, OH. We'll explore Franklin Park Conservatory, tour the Columbus Art Museum, take a Segway tour, or something else you'd like to try. Then, have dinner on us at an exclusive restaurant, and later enjoy a relaxing evening sampling tea in one of the premier tea salons of Columbus. Take home everything listed in the "Ultimate" backer level. Transportation to Columbus not included. Your name (and picture, if you choose) will be featured on our website as one of our top backers.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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