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Organic Doesn’t Mean Expensive: Experts Share the “Three Rules for Joyful Tea Consumption”

2019.06.26

As the momentum for sustainable development accelerates, nations worldwide have begun embracing the trend of organic farming. Organic products have gradually found their way to mass-market retail outlets. But do you know how to distinguish between authentic and pseudo-organic products? Is it true that organic always equates to “premium-priced”? And, with the peak of summer approaching, are you ready to embrace the intense sunshine?

Addressing these concerns, fret not! Let experts guide you on how to drink healthily, smartly, and lightly.

 

Rule One: Drink Healthily

For us discerning consumers, it’s crucial to recognize two of the most authoritative organic certification logos domestically. This not only combats the misuse of fake certifications but also ensures our safety and the protection of our planet’s ecology.

Tse-Xin Organic Certification: Certified by an independent body, the ” Tse-Xin Organic Agriculture Foundation,” which is approved by the Agricultural Committee. This certification is not permanent; it is issued batch by batch, each with a corresponding serial number. It requires renewal upon completion, with at least one tracking inspection annually. This ensures the quality of each batch and stands as one of the most authoritative organic labels domestically.

USDA: Issued by the United States Department of Agriculture, this is the highest level of organic certification in the U.S., with a validity of one year. The criteria encompass raw materials and strict environmental standards for production facilities. Only products with 95% or more organic ingredients can bear this label.

 

Rule Two: Drink Smartly

Think organic will burn a hole in your pocket? With a little attention, you’ll discover some brands have enhanced their product quality and environmental commitments while maintaining affordable prices. For example, “Tradition’s Organic Red & Green Tea” has taken the lead by obtaining dual certifications from Taiwan’s Tse-Xin Organic and the U.S. USDA.

By incorporating Japanese-made triangular tea bags (heat-resistant up to 110°C) and offering them at regular retail prices, they introduce natural flavors through familiar channels, truly embodying the spirit of “Zero-Distance Organic”. This not only caters to the environment but also takes care of people’s taste buds and wallets.

 

Rule Three: Drink Lightly
Experts provide easy tactics to combat sultry heat, ensuring you remain refreshed wherever you go:

 

 

Cold-Brewed Tea:

Place a tea bag (approx. 2.5-3g) in a standard PET bottle (around 600c.c.). Store it in a refrigerator (around 4-8°C) for approximately 6 hours. Not only does it offer refreshing relief, but you also won’t have to worry about caffeine irritating your stomach!

 

Jade Lemon:

Steep a tea bag in 200°C hot water for 5-6 minutes.

Prepare a 500cc beverage cup, filling it with ice until it’s about 80% full.

Add one and a half spoons (45cc) of lemon syrup/honey to enhance the flavor.

Pour the hot tea into the drink cup and stir evenly.

(Note: For the lemon syrup, simmer using a ratio of 100g sugar, 50cc water, and one lemon.)

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