Jade Cloud is a lively green tea created in collaboration with artisans at the Xuan En Organic Yisheng Tea Cooperative in the remote mountains of Hubei province. Three different styles of green tea (steamed, oven-baked and roasted) are combined to make a deliciously smooth everyday green tea inspired by the classic Chinese green tea known as Wulu. Jade Cloud is grown from hardy tea cultivars and harvested entirely by hand from the middle to the end of April according to "two leaves and a bud" plucking standard. Savory notes from steamed tea leaves are expertly balanced with the toasted chestnut flavor and flowery aromas of baked and roasted lots.
Founded in 2005, the Cooperative represents over 2,000 families that have benefitted from Fair Trade social premium funds. These funds have provided for investment in rural infrastructure, a new regional hospital, and grants for hundreds of impoverished farming children to attend primary school. This Fair Trade tea supports the preservation of centuries-old green tea culture by allowing traditional farming families to participate in a globalized tea economy while earning a sustainable living wage.
BREWING Water Temperature: 180°F Leaf to Water Ratio: 1 tablespoon per 8 ounces Steep Time: 3 minutes (1st infusion), 4 minutes (2nd infusion)
INGREDIENTS Organic and Fair Trade Certified™ green tea.