Steenbergs Jute bags full of tasty treats for your friends, family (or yourself)
Hampers full of Steenbergs organic goodies - spices, teas and baking ingredients.
Steenbergs spice boxes to enjoy the flavours of the world.
Perfect gifts for loose leaf tea lovers - tour the world of tea flavours with Steenbergs' selections of organic Fairtrade teas and loose tea all in bespoke Steenbergs gift jute bags.
Enjoy these great little gifts for keen cooks - Fairtrade spice stacker or BBQ stacker or our jute bag stackers for our organic flavoured sugars.
Steenbergs selects its organic dried herbs from specialist growers around the Mediterranean.
Imported from around the world, Steenbergs range of organic spices is second-to-none.
Steenbergs range of organic and Fairtrade herbs and spices
Delicious and colourful these make a wonderful addition to many meals. They can also be used for potpourri and craft!
Organic ginger in whichever format suits you - whole, preserved, crystallized, stem, chopped or ground. Also a favourite flavour in organic chai teas and noodles.
Pepper is the king of spices - Steenbergs has a wide range of different types of organic pepper as well as the more unusual
Steenbergs salts are hand-harvested sea salts from Europe and further afield as well as salt blends.
Hard to find specialist spices including hot hot chillies
Succulent organic (many of them Fairtrade) vanilla in all formats.
Our new baby bulk range of orgnaic spices, herbs and blends
The new range of Steenbergs spice blends in premium containers.
Choose from our favourite salt and pepper mills.
Fairtrade saffron, organic saffron, Saffron from Afghanistan, Iran and Spain - what's your favourite?
organic salt mixes to cook with, add at the table and generally enjoy.
Lava red sea salt, yellow salt, persian blue, a rainbow colour of salts.
Great salts to finish off your culinary creations.
A whole range of premium fleur de sels from around the world
Non organic salt blends.
Everyone should have these spice and herb blends in their storecupboard - at Steenbergs, we blend these Classic Mixes using our finest organic spices and herbs.
Enjoy the flavours of American cooking using Steenbergs range of organic American spice blends - from Tex-Mex to Southern Fried.
Organic Arabian flavours from Steenbergs
Flavours from around Asia - from organic Nasi Goreng to China 5 spice.
At Steenbergs, we blend our own organic spices and sugar blends to our own recipes.
Steenbergs range of BBQ seasonings, great as rubs or as dry marinades. Rub on and sizzle. Most of these are organic BBQ rubs and marinades.
Steenbergs range of organic curry mixes and curry powders - for all curry enthusiasts.
Variety of organic flavours specifically designed for fish and shellfish
The Mediterranean offers a huge range of cookery, from peppery organic paella to hot organic harissa and exotic ras al hanout.
How do you improve on our amazing organic pepper or our sundried traditional seasalt? By blending them.
Organic vegetable bouillons and gravy mixes. All of which are vegan and gluten free.
Organic Stuffings created and blended by Steenbergs at the Steenbergs spice factory in North Yorkshire. Delicious with chicken, turkey and pork.
A gorgeous range of seasonings and flavoured salts created for Laura Santtini, the mistress of food bling and creator of Taste No 5 with the powerful umami hit.
Steenbergs range of extracts now has natural almond extract that uses bitter almond oil, organic lemon extract, organic orange extract, organic peppermint extract, organic Fairtrade vanilla extract and organic flower waters - organic orange flower water and organic rose water.
At Steenbergs, we blend our own organic spices blends to our own recipes. So enjoy Home Baking with Steenbergs organic Fairtrade Mixed Spice.
From organic dried fruit to yeast and flaked almonds - all your bakery ingredients from Steenbergs.
Stone-milled flour (including organic flour), from Great Britain, speciality flours many low in gluten or gluten free.
Organic and natural sugar and sweeteners for baking -several of them Fairtrade - molasses and syrup.
From recycled foil to unbleached baking paper - lots of ideas for the eco-friendly cook.
Steenbergs' pioneering range of Fairtrade spices.
Steenbergs range of Fairtrade organic tea: loose leaf tea and bagged tea - green and black tea.
The Fairtrade flavoured sugars and vanilla extract from our home bakery range
From Fairtrade chocolate and golden syrup to Fairtrade coffee and fruit.
From fairtrade cotton buds to Fairtrade rubber gloves
Mostly organic teas plus some that are also Fairtrade. Steenbergs favourite organic black teas - loose leaf tea - from beautiful Darjeeling teas to malty Assam teas. This section began as organic tea but has grown quite a lot and now includes some that are non organic to round out the range.
Mostly organic green and white teas. Enjoy Steenbergs healthy organic green and white loose leaf teas from China , India and Sri Lanka.
Tasty organic herbal teas - loose leaf / infusions.
Steenbergs own range of delectable organic chai teas, created using gorgeous organic Indian tea and our range of rich organic spices.
Earl Grey tea is so popular that we have a range of different types giving different tastes and twists to the beloved bergamot flavour.
Oolong Loose Leaf Tea from Steenbergs
Teas infused with flowers, infusions made up of flowers, flower teas
Beautiful and tasty hand-crafted teas that have been tied into the shape of flowers or tied with flowers like jasmine to create a tea that looks spectacular as well as tasting great.
Pyramid teabags in organic - green tea, herbal tea, chai tea, black tea.
Now largely decorative but Tea bricks were the way tea used to be transported. Steenbergs offers a wide variety of black tea bricks, green tea bricks and pu erh tea brick, all in their own gift box with information card.
Steenbergs delicious loose leaf teas available bulk in stylish resealable bags.
Wide selection of our favourite loose leaf tea infusers - tea balls and teapots with infusers
Turkish tea glasses, modern takes on the classic tea glass and glass tea pots and Steenbergs mugs
Organic Fairtrade ground coffee beans and instant coffee including decaffeinated coffee
Steenbergs loose leaf premium tea in tea tins.
Delicious range of antipasta, antipasto and gourmet Mediterranean treats including organic artichokes, Fish 4 Ever seafood cocktail and organic olives.
From organic rice to organic beans, quinoa and healthy seeds - great for the storecupboard.
All different forms of organic coconut for cooking and baking including dessicated, coconut oil, milk and coconut water.
Organic chocolate and cacao to eat, drink or cook with and delicious Italian Chocolate spread.
Pesto, Nut Butters, tahini, mustards, chutneys, savoury sauces - many of them organic.
Fish 4 Ever gourmet range of tinned / canned fish - sustainably fished, MSC certified
Organic fruit for baking, cooking or munching, as well as organic lime and lemon juice.
All Steenbergs seasonings are gluten, dairy free and vegetarian. These are some of the other products we stock that are for gluten and dairy free cooking.
Raw Italian honey, Fairtrade honey, organic maple syrup, and delicious organic syrups
Chanterelles, shiitake, oyster and porcini mushrooms, dried, full of umami - ethically sourced from Tropical Wholefoods
Tasty organic nuts and snacks for munching.
Organic pasta from Italy is one of the key staple of organic groceries, as are organic noodles. Steenbergs sells a whole variety of different shaped organic pasta including brown rice, spelt and kamut pasta. We also offer a wide variety of organic Japanese noodles including soba, pumpkin and brown rice noodles from Clearspring and King Soba.
Natural and organic storecupboard groceries including natural custard, vegetarian jelly crystals and Clearspring miso and seaweed.
Tomatoes in many different forms - sun dried, tinned or pureed. Wonderful to use.
Fairtrade or organic culinary oils and vinegars from extra virgin olive oils to balsamic vinegars.
Ingredients to add and boost your smoothies and juices.
Steenbergs range of organic unbleached cotton towels, robes and slippers
Faith in Nature natural soap, liquid hand soap and bubble bath, Pacifica gorgeous natural glycerine soaps and natural loofahs.
Faith in Nature 's award winning natural shampoos and hair conditioners, Green People shampoo and Suncoat's sugar hairspray - happy hair days are here
Simply Organic Cotton Wool And Tissues, with Natracare tampons
Reusable, sustainable or flouride free toothpaste and toothbrushes
All of these deodorants are paraben free,many of them Aluminium and Zinc Free as well.
Lavera Organic Cosmetics, and Suncoat's natural nail polish remover. Free from parabens and other nasties.
Loofahs, exfoliators and back srubbers and bath mits.
Items of kitchen hardware that help those who just love to bake - mixing bowls, rolling pins and so on.
Colourful laquer coconut and bamboo bowls, as well as recycled aluminium in bright colours.
All those great things for your kitchen that do not fit easily into other categories
Salt and pepper mills from TG Woodware, using either the crushgrind mechanism or the traditional spindle.
Pepper and salt mills, pestles and mortars and all sorts of wonderful things that enhance your love of all things herby and spicy
Love your tea, love your teaware and enjoy our selection of tea items that will complement your tea and coffee life
Wooden chopping boards, wooden serving boards, cheese boards, cake boards
Wooden spoons for stirring, mixing, preserving and creating in the kitchen. Stainless steel measuring spoons.
Eco household products
Practical and eco-friendly cleaning and household products
Earth Friendly Natural Air Fresheners and Maroma Natural Incense sticks and incense burners and Sugar Hill aromatherapy scented candles - scented with essential oils.
Wonderfully illustrated luxury playing cards from Belgium - don't leave home without a pack. Feature food playing cards, nature playing cards and wildlife playing cards.
Get baking for Christmas with Steenbergs
Christmas gift ideas for the cooks amongst your friends and family.
Organic mulled wine spices and Christmas tea
Stocking filler ideas and thank you presents from under £2.00 to under £10.00
Refill packs and larger quantities of the more popular Steenbergs organic herbs, spices and seasonings blends
Larger amounts of Steenbergs more popular loose leaf teas, many of them organic.
Popular Steenbergs products that we have a special price for if you buy them in 6s.
At Steenbergs Organic, we have been committed to being an ethical business since we started in 2003, becoming Fairtrade for tea in 2004 (both as a trader and as a licensee). It is really important to us that we strike a good balance between our business, the environment and people's welfare. As well as organic, being fair and responsible are at the heart of everything we do.
UK's first Fairtrade spices
From the beginning, we have worked closely with our suppliers in the developing world to build fair trading relationships based on long term arrangements and fair, stable prices. In parallel to this, we worked with The Fairtrade Foundation in the UK and FLO-Cert GmbH in Germany to develop standards for Fairtrade spices.
In May 2005, FLO-Cert GmbH approved the standards for Fairtrade spices, as well as draft standards for Fairtrade herbs. At the same, 3 businesses were approved as the original traders for these new Fairtrade spices - we were one of them and the only one in the UK. In mid-2005, we launched the first Fairtrade-certified spice products with our organic Fairtrade black pepper, as well as the other Fairtrade organic spices. Even after 2 years, Fairtrade spices, and herbs, are still in their infancy. Standards are still being developed and the supply chain improved - initially there was only 1 organic & Fairtrade grower for Fairtrade spices, with 4 general Fairtrade spice producers and 5 Fairtrade vanilla co-operatives - currently this hasn't increased the range of raw materials but has increased the tonnage of products available. Steenbergs Organic is working with some of our other organic spice growers to help them through the Fairtrade certification process. We continue to work with the Fairtrade movement to develop standards for new products - for example, chillis and herbs. Steenbergs' range of organic Fairtrade spices now includes organic Fairtrade black pepper, cloves, ginger, turmeric, white pepper, four colour pepper, cardamom seed, cinnamon, mixed spice, nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon quills.
In early 2006, we launched a range of organic Fairtrade flavoured sugars - the rose sugar proved a winner picking up an Ideas to Dine for Award at Food & Drink Expo 2006. At the end of 2006, we launched the Europe's first organic Fairtrade vanilla extract for food producers, with a retail organic Fairtrade vanilla extract launched in mid 2007.
A lot of our products come from the developing world, e.g. India, Madagascar and Sri Lanka. These farmers may be small enterprises, but they still operate in highly competitive commodity markets for their spices and teas. Although international trade is good for the global economy, it can be really tough for these small businesses and their people. There is no comparable welfare state to provide many of the benefits we take for granted. And trading terms are made difficult by the UK's relative economic strength compared to India, Madagascar and Sri Lanka; as a result, small changes to prices by us in the UK can be magnified for producers.
Pepper In India, pepper is traditionally grown in smallholdings of 5 hectares. Many growers grow pepper intercropped with coconut, coffee and other spices, so annual production is around 1 tonne of black pepper per family. These small producers face fluctuating pepper prices which have been on a downward trend in recent years - black pepper now is worth less than in 1990. This is a result of pricing pressure, coupled with increased exports from countries like Vietnam, which has grown its share of global trade from 0% to 37% since 1990. Low prices have resulted in lack of investment as growers sell their crop below production cost. In 2005, our internal models estimated the cost of sustainable production for black pepper to be £1,645 when the market price was £1,115 per tonne. Constant pricing pressure is destroying these fragile rural economies, reducing environmental standards, health and education in parts of Kerala and elsewhere.
Tea The tea market may be characterised by big plantations. However, small-scale planters grow around half of the tea in Nilgiri in Southern India, as well as in Sri Lanka and Kenya and are an important feature everywhere. Tea is also dominated by large global brands - PG Tips, Tetley, Typhoo and Lipton - and the top 3 firms hold 60% of the UK market. Further, 90% of the Western tea trade is in the hands of 7 multinationals. Since the late 1970s, tea prices have hardly changed, falling in real terms. Global oversupply of 7.5% of demand, coupled with changes to trade with Russia and Iraq, has resulted in prices in 2006 of approximately £1.00 per kg compared to £0.95 per kg in 1995 in open auction. Only 15% of the retail price actually goes to the plantation with the rest earned in blending, packing and sales & marketing, most of which is done outside of the producer countries.
In spite of the open market prices, many Indian plantations have to sell their tea at below production cost - so where 1kg of tea costs 95p to produce, the UK consumer often pays 65p to buy the same 1kg. Poor economics causes reduced environmental and social welfare standards and, in some cases, plantations in India are just being abandoned. The Ethical Tea Partnership is a good step towards improving welfare on international tea estates, but the policing of workers' rights remains unenforceable in many areas nor does it seek to address the economic inbalances. However,Fairtrade has a real, day-to-day positive impact (at a grassroots level) on the lives of tea workers at estates like the Stockholm Tea Estate and tea pickers like Sivapackiam in Sri Lanka.
We think that our suppliers should make enough money from growing organic spices and tea to be able to improve their standards of living, as well as those of their workers and their families. It's about being responsible in the way Steenbergs Organic sources its products. We look for suppliers that are organic and provide
Steenbergs Organic enters into long-term relationships with its suppliers, paying them (in advance) a fair price for their organic pepper, organic tea or other organic spices - at prices determined by the grower itself -and wherever possible these are organic Fairtrade black pepper, organic Fairtrade teas and organic Fairtrade spices.
Fairtrade is an independent system of standards mainly targeting cash crops. Participating farmers get a fair price for their crops in return for meeting basic social welfare and environmental standards. Over 5 million farmers, workers and their families now benefit from Fairtrade. When you pay that little bit extra for a Fairtrade product, that premium goes back to farmers and growers. They are guaranteed a stable price and one that is above the cost of production. This price allows farmers to earn a living wage, to plan for the future and to invest in sustainable business development. For example, the price for organic teas is approximately £1.60 per kg and with the Fairtrade premium is £1.96 per kg. If a farmer doesn't sell Fairtrade, he will receive the price in the market - currently £1.00 per kg. During the last 10 years, the lowest price was 80p per kg. In addition with Fairtrade teas, a proportion goes directly to the community to spend as they see fit. Steenbergs Organic is mainly focused on higher grade gourmet teas, so pays prices significantly higher than these quoted prices, which are mainly for CTC and Fannings, ie tea-bag grade teas.
Ethical trading and Fairtrade is not without its critics. Critics believe that guaranteed prices cause global oversupply in commodities and that a focus on small producers will result in a lack of competitiveness. But - The ethical trade market is insignificantly small - Fairtrade is 0.7% of the 148,000MT British tea market and 0.1% of the global market - Demand for ethical and Fairtrade products is consumer-led. If consumers don't want to pay a little bit extra for an ethical product, these products would neither be made nor bought- In Europe, we have basic standards of social welfare, education, workers' rights and a minimum wage. It is difficult to deny similar benefits to the growers and manufacturers of the products we buy.
Greenfield Tea Estate, the source of our Earl Grey and our bagged teas (Peace Tea and Green Tea), is set in the Uva Highlands in Sri Lanka. Greenfield is organic and Fairtrade. It's part of Lanka Organics, which also supplies Steenbergs Organic with organic spices. Among its many ethical initiatives, Greenfield provides full union recognition, a cow for each family, drinking water within 10m of each house, a staffed medical centre and on-estate schooling up to 18 years old, with teachers provided by the Ministry of Education. Fairtrade premiums from sales of Fairtrade tea are paid to the Social Committee for the 770 people of the Greenfield Tea Estate, which is responsible for receiving and allocating premium money. In 2006, the premium money was used for its biggest project so far: the re-development of the Estate Social Club. The Estate Social Club is a meeting hall that's used for social events, special interest classes, mother and baby groups, children's clubs, union meetings and other group events. The Fairtrade premium has, also, been invested in lock-up steel lockers, which is the first time families have had moth-proof and damp-proof places for clothes and valuables. Crime has been almost non-existent on the Estate but there had been a few break-ins in the local village recently which had raised some concern among the workforce. During the day, the whole family is often out of the house and people didn't like the thought of having to lock their homes and keep hold of keys (what if someone comes home early and someone else has the key etc?). TVs and aerials have also been purchased at the houses of some of the community leaders as residents wanted access to news and Tamil TV broadcasts. The quality of housing on the Greenfield Estate is already higher than neighbouring estates but recently money has gone to help with interior decoration. This is on-going. Many of these things may appear small but at Greenfield these developments are a source of pride, wonder and excitement. When the co-operative initially took over the estate it was in poor condition, the houses hadn't been looked after in 20 years and people who lived on the estate had their legal entitlement to three days work per week on US$1 a day. Drug and alcohol dependency were rife. These problems have now mostly disappeared and the younger generations are involved in taking responsibility for their own community. There's still a long way to go but so far the leaps and bounds they've taken in 10 years has made a real difference. The picture above is one of the houses that has recently been invested in.