Qualities, Trade and LaenggassTee’s Philosophy
What is the real value of goods, which price is the right one? This question can hardly be answered anymore today, yet still it keeps popping up in everyday life: do I pay too much for these goods, this service? Should this work not be paid much better? Basically it should be clear that the quality, the goods’ or the service’s, should be paid adequately, out of fairness towards the people involved, in order to keep the standard of quality and also for the best of our planet Earth. In real life this is unfortunately quite often only theory, as in praxis diverse manipulations of prices like protective duties, subsidies etc. for example create manifold distortions of prices.
Our conditions of purchase are really clear and straightforward.
We know where the tea comes from and how it is produced: either through personal peering or through information of reliable people. As it is, personal relationships and confidence grown over time cannot be replaced by anything.
Some of our teas are bought at German wholesale distributors who we have known for decades. They send us samples several times a month, for us to select teas that fit our assortment, or just for us to compare the quality and price of our own teas on stock.
Specialties, rarities and very good qualities of classical teas are almost unavailable on the wholesale market, though. We travel every year to China, and sometimes to Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Thailand in order to go and look for these teas by ourselves. We thus see the places where the tea is cultivated, see the tea pluckers and get to know the tea masters who make and sell the tea. We taste the teas on the spot and take samples home to compare them. By the time being we have knit many close contacts with tea cultivators, tea traders and tea masters. The rarer and more special a tea is, the more important is the personal contact to the people who make it.
At LaenggassTee our teas are well packed and stored under the right specific conditions. This means e.g. that the fine green teas and green Oolongs are kept at low temperatures in order to preserve their freshness. We taste our teas regularly as a quality control – and to enjoy them!
We offer a broad range of qualities from the low priced everyday tea to the exclusive rarity.