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mea culpa

I am a bad little liberal. Ever since Cafe Direct's Fairtrade tea has been available in our local supermarket, I have been purchasing it loyally. And as I drink a hell of a lot of tea, I've been going through boxes of the stuff at an alarming rate over the last year, adding to the excellent company's well-deserved profits. The Tea Direct tea is pretty nice, really, but when it ran out the other day, I found myself thinking, "wow, I'd really, really like some Lyon's Gold Blend." And so yesterday, in the supermarket, I paused for a second at the tea shelf before....siezing a box of Lyon's. Yes, I chose non-fairtrade over its fair-trade brethren, and I feel bad. I feel especially bad because the Lyon's tea really is nicer, but guilt will drive me back to Tea Direct next time.

Although having just looked at their website, I realise they're not so perfect themselves - Ireland as part of the UK? Would it kill you to add a "and Ireland" onto that slogan? A very petty quibble for a company which does such good work, but who said I wasn't petty? Not me!


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Mar. 1st, 2005 12:42 pm (UTC)
I gave up Tea Direct for apple and mango tea because it tastes like sweeties. I think I'm at least as bad as you with added hippie posiness.
Mar. 1st, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
Well, by that token, I'm pretty bad myself. I do what I can, but if the 'sound' option is just not very good, then I'm not always guaranteed to take it. Hmm. Lazy? Self-indulgent? Or just pragmatic?
Mar. 1st, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
I was so happy when they finally started selling Fair Trade ground coffee cause the Cafe Direct instant was so minging there was no way I was ever going to buy it.
Mar. 1st, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
I like TeaDirect. I get people to bring it to me from the UK. But then I have to comare it to shitey Lipton's Yellow Label which is a) horrible and b) packaged in tiny tiny bags so you can't make a decent cup of tea with it.
Also: tea is a special thing here so in cafes it comes in a glass (with lukewarm water and the teabag lying uselessly beside it) with NO MILK! Unh? Someone needs to bring builder's tea to Switzerland.
Mar. 1st, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
I am a VERY bad person. I ususally drink local Ethiopian coffee here, because Ethiopia has only about three exports, and coffee is one of them, and they really, really need to export more stuff, and actually it's pretty good quality. But on a recent trip home, the dictatorship of the tastebuds forced me to buy 250g of Lavazza Qualita Rossa, because I really do prefer red coffee, and having homely coffee kind of makes up for the fact that tea and coffee taste funny because of the odd milk. Bringing coffee to Ethiopia is kind of like bringing coals to Newcastle, though.
Mar. 1st, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC)
I've only skimmed this article, but it appears Lyons do some sort of ethical coffee. Perhaps you could write to them & encourage them to do ethical tea. Then you could ahve taste and ethics.
Mar. 1st, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
It's interesting to read about all the fair trade stuff from those of you from the UK and Ireland. It's just not a thing here, or at least as much. Maybe we're just behind. There's normal stuff, then organic, then fair trade. Organic is really starting to catch on, but fair trade is only just barely there, so far.
Mar. 1st, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
There were many complaints about a recent WAterstone's campaign which somehow included the whole of Ireland as part of "Britain". They had to reprint every last poster, heh heh.
Mar. 1st, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
Really? Heh heh heh heh heh.
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