Whole Foods Stores across Colorado will sell Nepali teas that are the world’s best quality orthodox teas.

Nepali Tea Traders – that have bagged a North American Tea Championship award last week – announced that the premium teas are now available in Whole Foods Stores across Colorado as well as in a growing number of specialty tea shops nationwide.

The Colorado company – that is committed to fair prices for the farmers and reinvestment in the tea industry in Nepal – offers natural and organic teas exclusively from small farms in Nepal, grown at optimal altitudes of 4,000 feet to 8,000 feet.

“We’re delighted to offer our unique high-quality teas to the growing community of tea drinkers in North America, said founder of the company Maggie Le Beau. Orthodox teas from the Ilam in eastern Nepal have not been widely available in the US until now. The relatively young age of the tea plants and the growing altitudes promote slower growth, which results in higher concentrations of flavour and healthful benefits.

The black tea – popularly known as Kalo Chia – from the fall 2013 harvest, has received a third place designation from a judging panel that includes leading tea experts and professional cuppers. The pure black tea – not flavoured or sweetened – is described as rich and supple, with vibrant notes of fruit, honey and spice.

Nepali Tea Traders – the first company in the United States to offer premium teas exclusively from small farms in the Ilam region of Nepal – buys teas cultivated on small farms by growers who rely on natural, chemical-free farming methods.

Likewise, fifteen Whole Foods Stores in Colorado now offer six of the company’s most popular teas in tins designed to preserve freshness. It offers

Himalayan Golden Black Tea, Pokhara Classic Green Tea, Annapurna Amber Oolong Tea and Sandakphu Silver White Tea.

The company also offers two teas – Nepalese Masala and Shangri-la Classic — in eco-friendly pyramid bags, for consumers who want both high quality and convenience.

Founded by chief executive Maggie Le Beau and a group of Colorado social entrepreneurs, the company sells its loose leaf and bagged tea at tea shops and specialty grocery stores across the United States.

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