Teavana and pesticides...
Hey guys, I’m just getting into tea and wanted to know if there was ever a final verdict on teavana tea and pesticides?
I just bought some teavana tea today and then started doing some searching online and I found the pesticide thing.
I can’t have caffeine really, I can in very small doses like white tea.
So if teavana is no good where should I be getting my tea?
If you can’t have caffeine you’ll want to be careful. White tea from the fujian area is low in caffeine because the plants in that area are naturally low in caffeine, but other whites teas from different areas can have levels of caffeine equal to greens and oolongs.
kskwerl, I would not worry too much about Teavana having any more or less pesticides than other teas (or other produce from the grocery store). I am still drinking mine, and have even bought more since I read about the scandal.
My biggest complaint about Teavana was the unscrupulous lying & their business practices. They made a specific claim about meeting European standards, and then offered no evidence that they even bothered with the testing. They could not even name the standards they were claiming to meet (all standards are published on the internet & are identified by name/number- and in the world of quality control, you would never discuss testing without specifying the name).
Thanks Erin, I guess I really never thought about it that way and got all worried when I heard the word pesticide.
As a beginner can you make any other recommendations in terms of upper tier teas?
As Incense&Tea mentioned, not all white teas are made equal. Some have moire caffeine than even blacks, so just be aware.
I don’t imagine that one could conclusively conclude that ANY tea company out there is 100% pesticide free. Even products that meet organic standards can have pesticide contamination from neighbouring properties/soil/water.