Tea is the signature drink of the UK and is enjoyed by millions of Britons each day as they get up in the morning. What is the Co-operative 99 Tea like?
Ethical Fairtrade Practices
Many tea producers from Third World countries are exploited and do not reap the full benefits from their hard work. However, Fairtrade teas come from India and East Africa from tea plantations that have all been strictly monitored to ensure ethical practices are used and that working conditions, services and the local standard of living for tea producers and harvesters is of a high quality.
What to Expect From Co-operative 99 Tea
A combination of Indian and East African tea leaves are used to make Co-operative 99 Tea. According to Fairtrade, the tea leaves from East Africa are what give the tea its “distinctive red colour and strength of flavour. The Indian teas have a more robust quality, to complement and balance this 99 Blend, giving an overall smooth taste.”
Once Co-operative 99 Tea has been opened, store the tea in an air-tight container to preserve the freshness of the tea.
Use just one teabag and place it inside a warmed teapot (swish with hot water and then discard) and add freshly boiled water to the teapot. Allow the tea to brew for at least 3 minutes, or longer if you want a stronger brew. Alternatively, add a single teabag in each mug and allow the brew for the same length of time. Stir the tea before serving.
Taste of Co-operative 99 Tea
Co-operative 99 Tea has a rich, full-bodied taste that I rarely find in other varieties of black tea. I let the tea brew for just a few minutes and served it black with no sugar, which is my preferred method. Some tea has a bitter aftertaste, especially if it is served black, with no milk. But I did not have that problem at all with the Co-operative 99 Tea.
I would definitely recommend Co-operative 99 Tea. Not only is this tea produced using sound ethical practices that benefit tea growers and harvesters in India and East Africa, but the tea also tastes delicious.