Mineral Springs First Flush Loose Leaf Tea, 250g pouch

This first flush tea is grown by the farmers of the Mineral Springs Co-op. Located in the foothills of the Himalaya, Mineral Springs is perfectly situated in the world renowned tea growing region of Darjeeling, India. First flush refers to the first harvest of the season, usually March through April. This tea embodies the unique characteristics of the early season harvest with a delicately floral fragrance and a lighter color in the cup. Best enjoyed pure with no added milk or sweeteners and steeped at a lower water temperature (190-195°F) to avoid burning the tea leaves. One compostable pouch contains 250g loose tea.
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Bring water to 190º-195ºF (88º-90ºC), then steep 2-3g of tea for 3-4 minutes. If you don’t have a thermometer, allow just-boiled water to cool for about 2 minutes before steeping.

Black Tea Leaves

Fruits, teas, and spices for income diversity

The members of the Mineral Springs Co-op in Darjeeling, India grow tea as one part of a diversified production system which also includes spices, citrus, and dairy sold locally. The farmers from this beautiful hill country community are deeply committed to organic and sustainable agriculture. Their diversified crops have created more sustainable conditions for the community’s economics and local ecology. Most teas–even those that are certified as fair trade–come from large plantations where workers have little say and are trapped in a system of dependency. The small farmers who grow our teas control their land and their livelihoods. Together, we’re building an alternative tea model and a farmer-led future for the tea industry.

What do our roast names mean?

At our solar-powered roastery in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, our worker-owner team batch roasts and conducts production cuppings daily to bring out the best characteristics in each harvest. With four primary roast levels, we think there’s a favorite here for everyone.

Medium Roast: expect the unique citrus, nutty, fruity, or floral notes of each coffee to shine through.

Full City Roast: you’ll get a bit more of the caramel flavor that comes from the roasting process.

Vienna Roast: starts to bring the smoky aroma and smooth and rich body of a darker roast.

French Roast: with the natural oils fully expressed, it’s an intensely dark and smoky experience akin to dark chocolate.