Organic Makaibari Estate Green Tea

Slightly lemony, vegetal and earthy in taste similar to other Darjeeling teas

fair trade certified certified organic
Organic Makaibari Estate Green Tea
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Organic Makaibari Estate Green Tea


This Fair Trade Certified organic green tea is another example of the wonderful offerings coming out of the Makaibari Estate in India. Biodynamically farmed in India's Darjeeling district, this organic loose leaf tea exhibits many of the same qualities as the black teas of this region, but with an unoxidized leaf. The varying leaf colors (ranging from green to brown to white) produce an easy-to-drink cup. This organic Indian tea also exhibits slight lemony, vegetal and earthy qualities akin to other Darjeeling teas. Established in 1859, Markaibari is the oldest estate in Darjeeling, where a strong commitment to sustainable farming prevails.

Ingredients: organic and Fair Trade Certified Indian green tea

Origin: Makaibari Estate, Darjeeling, India


Located in eastern India, Darjeeling is nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas and tucked between Bhutan and Nepal. It is one of the most famous regions in the world for tea production, and has a long history of tea cultivation dating back to the early 1800s. Black teas are the most traditional types of tea from this area, but more recently white, green and oolong teas have been manufactured. Darjeeling’s highland subtropical climate and elevation (6000 feet above sea level) make it ideal for growing tea. Makaibari Tea Estate was founded in 1859, and is the oldest and steepest estate in Darjeeling. Makaibari is a biodynamic and organic certified tea garden and follows a form of “integrated forest management.” They also use permaculture in many of their practices. Certified Fair Trade in 1993, Makaibari has used their premiums to provide stipends for University studies, microfinance programs, education investments and health training, among many other initiatives.

Read our field notes from our visit to Makaibari!

Steeping Instructions


At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend green and white teas to be steeped for 2 to 3 minutes in water heated to not-quite-boiling, just as bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pan (approximately 170 to 180 degrees F). For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible. Try not to steep your tea longer than necessary, as you’ll extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves. If you want a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!

Looking for more info? Check out our How-To Guides and Eco-Brewing Tips!

Staff Perspectives

  • Aubrey

    "With the addition of our Makaibari Estate Green Tea, we are proud to offer five teas from the Makaibari Estate! First flush black, 2nd flush black, oolong and Silver Tips white tea from the Makaibari estate."

Health Benefits


Like all true tea, green tea offers many potential health benefits. Research has found that tea (Camellia sinensis) can have many positive effects on human health, including improved cardiovascular function, cancer risk reduction, improved immune function, improved oral health, and help with weight management. Tea is also full of polyphenols, which are a class of antioxidant that help your body maintain homeostasis and balance your stress levels.

Green tea specifically is known for its array of health benefits, which have been supported by a growing number of studies. Green tea research has demonstrated that it may be an effective anticancer agent for breast cancer, lung cancer, kidney cancer and prostate cancer, among others. Studies have shown a link between green tea and weight loss, and the ability to modulate energy metabolism, aid in body fat regulation, and possibly promote preferential loss in abdominal fat. Research has also shown that green tea may increase performance for short term memory tasks, as well as being increasing potency of antibiotics. Other peer-reviewed studies link green tea to healthy skin, help with lowering cholesterol, and regulating diabetes. It’s important to keep in mind that many of these studies monitor subjects who drink several cups of green tea per day.

For more information about the health benefits of green tea, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Tea Health Benefits page!

Please note: the information above is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  • 4
    Makaibari Estate Green Tea

    Posted by Eileen on 20th Mar 2024

    I have a history with the Makaibari Estate teas! Long before Covid I had the good fortune to have a neighbor and dear friend who traveled back to see her family in India each year. She would bring me back tea from the Makaibari Estate every year. I would get first flush, second flush and the once, the green "Darjeeilng." I had a particular fondness for the Black "Queen of teas" but when she brought me back the green I was intrigued, then hooked at first taste. My only note would be that sometimes the green can leave me with a "thirsty mouth" feeling. Simple fix for me as I live in Texas, is to use it for iced tea. YUM!

  • 4
    Strong, in-your-face taste (in a good way)

    Posted by Mathew on 14th Feb 2022

    Brewed at 175 F for 3 min with slightly more leaves. The taste is unapologetically strong, slightly bitter and astringent. If you like it that way, then you would like this tea as well. For fun tried a second infusion but that was a little over the top on the bitterness and astringency.

  • 5
    A Unique and Lovely Tea if You Go In With the Right Expectations

    Posted by Nicola on 27th Aug 2021

    If you look through the reviews before mine, you will find a roller coaster of divisive opinions, largely, I believe, due to a misunderstanding of what this tea is. For hundreds of years, tea plants in Darjeeling have been bred almost exclusively to produce black tea with a characteristic flavor. This Makaibari Green uses those same plants, but applies a green tea process to them, resulting in a mix of what people would traditionally consider green and black tea elements. From the green tea process we get a light, vegetal quality, and from these fine Darjeeling tea cultivars, we get a strong fruity (or "muscatel") astringency. Fans of green or black teas in particular who want to step a bit out of their comfort zone should give this one a shot, while those like myself who enjoy the full range of tea production will find a delicious and unique experience at a reasonable price.

  • 5
    The English Breakfast tea of green teas

    Posted by Anne on 13th Jul 2021

    Makaibari green tea is unlike Chinese or Japanese green teas in much the same way Indian/Darjeeling black teas are different from China black teas. This Darjeeling type green tea is full-bodied, vegetal, and aromatic. It's my preferred morning tea, best from a sturdy mug. I enjoy the more delicate Japanese and Chinese green teas, too, but this is my regular morning tea.

  • 5
    Makaibari Estate Green Tea

    Posted by Sage on 19th Jun 2021

    Because I absolutely love black tea from this estate I gave the green a try (despite some negative reviews). It is the best green tea I've tasted, perhaps even better than the black!

  • 1
    Makaibara Green Tea

    Posted by Daniel on 21st Dec 2018

    This tasted extremely salty, too much for me. You get what you pay for

  • 2
    Makaibari "Green" Tea Isn't

    Posted by Ashley Jacobs on 17th Jun 2018

    This Makaibari tea is a black tea trying to pass itself off as a green tea, with no success. Color, flavor, and astringency are pure black tea. There is none of the floral or delicate aroma of a green tea. In fact, this tea has little aroma at all. Get a good black or green--this tea is neither.

  • 4
    Subtle taste

    Posted by JoeB on 16th Apr 2014

    While I prefer my tea stronger, this tea has a pleasing subtly that I've come to enjoy. A little sweet, not bitter. It's better in warmer weather (spring, summer) than fall or winter. read the other reviews and you'll get a good idea of what this tea is like.

  • 3
    Maraibari Estate Green tea

    Posted by Krait on 5th Sep 2013

    Tea somewhat mild. Good tea to end a busy day.

  • 4
    Very nice green tea option

    Posted by Graham Friday on 28th Aug 2013

    This tea is quite tasty. Not bitter at all if steeped properly and a very nice addition to any green tea collection. I wouldn't say there is anything especially unique about this variety, but it is nevertheless a great option. If you enjoy green tea, you will enjoy this.

  • 5
    One of the best teas

    Posted by Unknown on 9th Mar 2013

    This tea is delicate enough to be drunk alone, but it really is tasty if you want to add lemon and stevia. Great quality, too.

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