Integrity is the upmost principal for Mantra Tea. We do not source blended teas, low-grade teas from industrial growers, or machine-roasted teas. We source only the pure artisanal teas, made by individual families aiming for excellence.
True Whole Leaf Tea
1. It comes directly from tea farms. No mixing, blending, or re-roasting!
You might not believe that even in Taiwan, it is not easy to purchase 100% pure Formosa tea. To be competitive in the local market, some dealers mix copycat teas from abroad with the famous local Formosa brands. They count on the name to sell the product. Heritage tea producers suffer from this fierce competition. This is one of the reasons we cooperate with heritage producers to inform the public about tea quality and preserve the art and craft of making Formosa teas.
2. Sourced from artisanal producers.
Mantra Tea does not source from the usual supplier channels. We source from tea-making masters who have invaluable tea-processing knowledge, accumulated through generations of experience, and who have won prestigeous awards locally and internationally. They have at least 3 generations of experience, and some as many as 6!
3. Continuous Quality Control
Mantra Tea visits producers to ensure our selections are from the best harvest and the latest season. We also examine whether the way they manage the farms and pluck, process, and package the leaf is in keeping with the highest standards. Mantra Tea applies the professional tea-tasting standard to screen and check our producers in order to stock the best selections.
4. Whole-Leaf Standard
Tea bags are commonly packed with shredded residual leaf -what's "left on the floor" after the high grade sets are packaged.
At Mantra Tea we pack our tea bags with the highest grade of loose-leaf tea. The difference is especially noticeable in the depth and complexity of a cold-brew bottle made of our teas.
5. Quality Aftercare
Boutique teas require better treatment. Our selections are vacuum-sealed on Day 1, and never stand in large tins exposed to withering in the open air. To ensure the teas you purchased retain the same freshness as on the day they were packed, Mantra Tea includes with each purchased item, a free clip, quite unlike any clip seen before, a new innovation and a Taiwanese patented product. We also include a detailed brewing guide and a list of Do's and Dont's, because actually real tea is not like Lipton, and needs some understanding to realise its full potential.
1. Teas from pure pristine lands and organic farms
We source teas from pure plantations and organic farms with routine pesticide and herbicide check-ups by official parties.
2. Eco-Friendly and Minimalist Packaging
To cut waste, we adopt the concept of minimalism in packaging. Our tea canister is handmade from recycled banana fibre. Our gift wrapping can be re-used as a tea ceremony mat. And we use very little printing on our packaging, to minimize ink.
As our senses enjoy the taste and aroma of tea, we also value the sensation of inner peace. In Chinese culture, tea lore relates very deeply to Buddism. As a Buddhist, the founder established a donation program: part of your purchase go to Plum Village, founded in Bordeaux by Thich Nhat Hanh, and to Amitofo Care Center, founded in Africa by a Taiwanese monk.
We are proud to be your best tea supplier located at the origin. We believe you will taste the passion and unforgettable flavor from our fair trade teas!