Our Quality Testing Guidelines

We adhere to the highest and most stringent quality testing standards implemented by the European Union (EU). As a member of The German Tea Association, our exporters are committed to observing the Code of Practice for Quality Control. 

This includes working closely with many tea-growing regions in order to monitor synthetic chemical and pesticide residue levels, as well as executing specifications for organic certification. You can find out more about our organic teas here. In consideration of these strict guidelines, few tea growers are able to produce loose leaves that fully comply with EU standards.

That is why we are selective with our products at The Tea Centre. Out of the 4.6 million tonnes of tea that is produced globally each year, we import about 50 tonnes from a handful of non-restricted gardens. In some instances, certain gardens can only export early season harvests as these are the only leaves that meet EU requirements and, in turn, our own high standards.

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Pictured: Kelani Valley Plantations, where our German supplier sources our range of ethical breakfast tea

In addition to visiting tea estates and personally meeting with tea producers, The Tea Centre has also developed relationships with organisations that support the fair treatment of those working in tea farming and production. Where possible, we have chosen to stock a selection of teas that stem from these regions. By doing this we hope to encourage a more sustainable future for tea production, both environmentally and for tea-growing communities. You can find our range of ethical black tea here.

Our teas are regularly imported from our German supplier. We then thoroughly inspect the tea upon arrival to ensure consistent freshness up to the very moment the loose leaves land in your teapot. We also endeavour to source our herbal tisanes from Australian suppliers as well as carry a tea range that is 100% Australian grown.

The exceptional conditions under which our teas are produced enhance their overall flavour and makes drinking a simple cup of tea an even more enjoyable experience. The virtues mentioned above are reflected in each and every sip!