We believe that organic certified teas and herbs, grown without the use of agrichemicals like pesticides and fertilizers, are generally healthier for the environment, farmers, and tea drinkers alike. Over 95% of the ingredients that we import are certified organic according to the USDA NOP standard. We have even helped several producers convert from conventional to organic.
We do source certain teas and rarefied herbs like Kyoto matcha and Afghani saffron from special growing regions where organic certification is beyond the scope of local smallholder producers. In these cases, we evaluate and verify that the teas are safe to consume. There is no Rishi tea that we would not drink ourselves.