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My main (and only) real reason for buying Clipper tea was its fairtrade status. Initially i was concerned that my belief in fair trade was going to conflict with my bank balence but actually it works out to cost very little more than a leading non-fairtrade brand. I feel very pleased now that i am not paying more but less is going to a big corporate giant.
The flavour of this tea is also very pleasing. I find it to have a fuller fresher flavour unlike a couple of other brands that i have tried and found to be a bit bland. A warning though, this seems to get too strong quite quickly so beware of squidging that teabag around too much.
I have collected a good few vouchers from various tea purchased and Clipper certainly seem to be generous in that sense, they regularly have some kind of promotion on. Bargain.
Clipper Fairtrade Tea is a well priced, conscience friendly tea choice with a good rounded taste and attractive packaging. The teabags fare well in the hard tap water at my home, giving a medium strength cuppa. One bag will make two mugs of tea in a pot. (Just the way I like my teabags - not too weak, not too strong.)
One obstacle to regularly buying fairtrade is sometimes the price. In the case of Clipper they manage to maintain a decent sales price as well as fairtrade status - the question is, why aren't other manufacturers doing the same?
The credentials of Clipper Fairtrade Tea go beyond its fairtrade status. The tea comes in unbleached square teabags, so their environmental impact is reduced both in production and disposal. The carboard box is recycled and recyclable, of course. And the latest packaging design is attractive, making it stand out on the shelf.
I wanted to review Clipper tea as it is one of those items that I just cant do without. I discovered it on a holiday to Dorset a couple of years ago, mainly because Clipper are a Dorset company and the owner of the apartment we were staying at left some fairtrade tea for us to use. I was converted straight away to the unbleached, square teabags that gave the most amazing taste. The only trouble is that most other teabags now seem a bit insiped compared to my now favorite Clippers! The company has been going since 1984 and whilst the fairtrade is very important to them, they state that it must also be the very best tasting tea and they have achieved as far as I am concerned. The packaging is all recycled so you can feel good about your green credentials as well as the ethical fairtrade tea.
One of my favorite products.
I do like to buy fairtrade, but I must admit my main reason for buying a box of 80 Clipper fairtrade everyday teabags in Tesco was that there was a promotion offering 100% extra free, this made the box a pence or so cheaper than most of the other brands.Normally they'd be in the upper price bracket for teabags, which is a shame.
As I didn't know anything about the Clipper brand I visited the website, and was quite pleased I did, as the company are offering free samples, a nice competition, and the opportunity to receive regular free samples on condition that you supply them with feedback, no problem, I wouldn't be on Dooyoo if I minded about airing my opinions.
The everyday tea is described as the "flagship" brand. It has just received a makeover, hence the new dark and light green box.It has to be said I do very much like the box, which I think is very stylish with its teapot and leaf design. After removig the transparent outer cover, the box is found of be made of simple non glossy card which the box states is bio degradable and can be recycled. There are no foil packets inside the box, but there is a reminder to keep the box closed, dry, and away from strong flavours. When closed there is quite a noticeable gap between the lid and the side, possibly this may affect the freshness, but ofcourse you could always take the bags out and store them in your own airtight container.
The tea bags are square, and unbleached, which doesn't really affect them as far as the consumer is concerned. After pouring in the boiling water I was a bit surprised to find the colour very weak and pale,, but a few more stirs before removing the teabag quickly produced tea of a rich brown which tastes strong and satsfying. Definitely a tea of quality.
This is good I think, being a strong believer in Fairtrade, which I believe makes a real difference to the lives of farmers and producers and their families. I base this on an Oxfam information day I went to a couple of years ago.I say I'm a strong Fairtrade believer, but actually I don't always follow my own belief, I go for the cheapest or the first I see on the shelf, but doing this review reminds me tobe a bit less careless if I can afford it.
Clipper is an ethical company, which supplies a variety of teas, coffee and chocolate.The coffee and chocolate products will be getting a makeover soon as well.
The everyday tea contains a blend of teas from fairtrade estates in India, Africa, and Sri Lanka.The pack contains Fairtrade tea, and thats it.
This is one of the best teas I have had for a while, and I may well make myself feel good by going back for more.
A lot of the time, when companies give you free samples of something, in all honesty the product turns out to be so bad they'd have stood a far better chance of you actually ever buying it if they hadn't let you have an advance preview of it in the first place. This, as I've found out, tends to be the case with anything someone wearing a 'Starbucks' apron hands out to you for free in the street; also for anything fruit-flavoured you get in a miniature paper cup from a pour-your-own Thermos outside a 'Whittards' coffee shop (I thought they'd been a casualty of the credit-crunch / recession already?)
So when I received an unsolicited, dented package of Clipper Fairtrade Tea in the post the other day I though, bah, what've they bothered doing this for then, eh? Becasue I drink PG Tips Pyramid Tea Bags, nothing else, and have done for years; I like them so much I'm one of these unfortunate people who whenever they go away, takes a little - well actually I drink a lot of tea so it's quite a large - tin of the preferred bespoke brand of tea-bags along with them, just in case.
So the Clipper Fairtrade Tea came in a generous free sample, all right - I got a proper little box of tea-bags - I think maybe about 10 or 15 or 20. I don't know exactly because I didn't count them before I started drinking them, and the outer cardboard box which had the number inside printed on it had been so badly damaged when the Postie forced it through our letterbox that I chucked that straight in the compost. (The tea-bags were enclosed in a plastic foil sachet for freshness anyway.) As it turns out I was going away the day the Clipper Tea arrived, so I added the Clipper bags to the tin of PG Tips tea-bags I usually take with me.
I like really, really, really strong tea (hence the preference for Pyramid PG Tips) but as the person I was staying with at one stage only had tiny little mugs left, I thought I'd save my pyramid tea bags for best and give one of the Clipper tea bags a try. And it was great! It got really strong, and when I tried the Clipper tea at home in my normal sized (ie large) mug it was just as good. The flavour of the Clipper Tea - while strong, and comparable to PG Tips - I think I slightly now prefer, actually, although this may just be the effect of novelty. It says in the Clipper Tea blurb that 'they only use the freshest leaves' in their blend and that might well be it - it's a very subtle effect certainly, but I think ever so slightly 'fresher' taste it's got.
I can't comment on price because I didn't actually buy this tea and don't know how much it costs. I will certainly look out for it on the basis of the free sample I got and - to be honest, depending on how the price compares with my usual brand I would certainly consider buying it in future. Well it's Fairtrade, you know, and the bags for example are that reassuring buff / brown shade that suggests (but probably doesn't reliably denote) unbleached paper, so that's all to the good as well, isn't it?
One of the greatest shopping revolutions since the Rochdale Pioneers set up their worker's cooperative, the concept of fairtrade is so truely incredible that it can't be understated. Not only has this emerging collective managed to convince shoppers to break with the addiction of buying the known, safe branded products which are forced towards us from the tv screen, and stacked unsubtly on shelves in our eyeline, but they have managed to uphold a truely promising principle of giving a fair share of the revenue back to the small-holding famers and workers who are growing and manufacturing these commodities.
Whilst there are some who would gallantly drink crumbled bricks to support this great cause and as an affront to multinationals, it was always necessary to eventually be producing a product which could rival other brands in its taste and quality. Thankfully that day has more than arrived. Fairly traded products are so ubiquitous now that supermarkets themselves are longing to be affilliated with this glory.
Clipper Fairtrade Tea is one of the more established of the fairtrade varieties available now and has all the hallmarks of a product that should have a prosperous future.
The boxes themselves (which differ from that pictured) are beautifully and lovingly styled and is so attractive as to be wasted hidden inside a dark cupboard.
Once opened, the tea has a fresh and thickly evocative aroma, without being smokey, and the bags have an off-white, archaic appearance from their lack of bleaching.
The tea itself is smooth, and strongly flavoured. It doesn't tickle your neck, nor choke you with bitter or smokey residues. The first few sips are refreshing and warm, and, rather than kick you awake with caffeine, this tea swells your senses assuringly.
I've always felt the responsibility to buy Fairtrade but have ultimately been disappointed its offerings. Tea & Coffee, which is not as nice as popular branded products; chocolate that tastes like cooking chocolate; fruit & Veg, which is expensive.
Why bother? Fairtrade is fair to producers and for most everyday items doesn't cost more . I once saw an excellent promotional video about how a farmers life had been changed since he was accepted into a Faitrade scheme. He now ran a business, instead of being a virtual-slave to a Western company; he could affort to educate his children; he'd bought a bicycle; he wasn't rich but he wasn't desperately poor anymore.
Anyway, enough of the promotional! My early ventures into Fairtrade were disappointing, I wanted to do the right thing but the product was often not to my liking. Clippers came to the rescue!
The tea is bog-standard English Breakfast. Whilst, I occasionally drink something more exoitic (like Green Tea or Herbal); a good old cup of English tea is what I'm after.
Clippers delivers where other Fairtrade tea doesn't. It's strong, it looks good, it tastes like a good cup of tea. Importantly I could give it to my parents without them complaining about the "quality of tea in this house". The clippers website describes it as, "full bodied", an accurate description in my opinion.
If you like a strong brew then this is probably your thing. An interesting thing to note, is that it appears to produce a very dark drink, giving the illusion of something stronger than it really is. I've often had the comment, "by that looks a bit strong for me" from guests only to be reassured later with, "actually, it not as strong as it looks". It's worth noting the darker-colour if you make tea in the cup; you might ditch the teabag before it's reached normal strength and then be disappointed with a tasteless cupa. It's caught me out a few times.
The box is brightly coloured green and black (used to be blue with tea clipper on the front). Teabags and box are unbleached to be kind to the environment. There's no non-sense with round-teabags or pyramids either; just good old-fashioned square-bags.
The price is about the same as a normal box, meaning it doesn't cost you more to be kind to developing-world producers. You can buy a box of 40, 80 or 160. There is is also, an organic version but I don't think it's Fairtrade.
This brand of tea is really nice and has a full strong flavour. I have tested it out and one tea bag will easily make two strong mugs of tea (if you are desperate to economise)!
This tea has a pretty good aroma too. I would recommend it as its not too much more expensive than other branded teas and is fairtrade! I can also recommend the massive range of Clipper fruit and herbal teas. They are all lovely and I think quite reasonably priced.
A delicious golden blend of tea from the finest Fairtrade estates.Fairtrade guarantees a better deal for the producers, so the growers on these estates wil benefit directly from every pack.
The only bad thing I can say about this brand is that Asda do a cheaper version of these tea bags that is fairtrade and just as nice as this one so I am not sure if it is worth spending the extra if you have an Asda near you.
The original Fairtrade cup of tea is produced using a blend of only the freshest leaves from some of the best tea gardens in Africa, Sri Lanka & India.