Adopt tea bushes from "Renegade Tea Estate" in Kutaisi (Georgia) and receive your harvest in the form of black tea at home. The Farmer Hannes will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.
You adopt tea bushes cultivated under the European Union's Organic Farming regulations. We are in the process of converting and hope to get certified in 2023. Become a part of our agri-social regeneration project! Adopt 30m² of our tea plantation in Georgia and give these tea plants a second life. From this area we expect to harvest 2 kg of fresh tea leaves which results in 350g of ready made tea that we send to you. Renegade Estate is growing tea on 3 tea plantations (total ~30 hectares) in Georgia that we recovered recently, after they had been abandoned with the collapse of the Soviet Union. The oldest of them was planted in 1936-1938, the others in 1970-s. Back in the day, they were mostly planted from seeds, meaning that you can find hundreds of different variations of tea bushes on our fields. Tea seeds are like people - they contain the genes of both "mother" and "father", that’s why we have high diversity in our fields. Essentially, almost all our bushes are "unique", mixing the genes of both Camellia sinensis sinensis (traditionally called “chinese version”) and Camellia sinensis assamica. The 50-80 year old seed-grown plants in combination with crispy winters, give our single origin teas a special Georgian flavour profile. We believe that single origin teas are more specific and interesting, which is the result of their unique environment, climate and soil. That’s why we do not want to blend teas of different origins and “dilute” these flavours. As our fields had been free of human intervention for almost 30 years, we saw it as a great asset and made the decision to not use any chemicals or non-organic fertilizers on our soil or plants. We have followed this principle from the first day of our operation. All our teas are harvested from our own plantations and carefully processed in our own artisanal tea factory that we built next to one of our plantations. The processing takes from 5 hours to 2 days and involves a number of different steps, depending on the type of tea we make - roasting, rolling, tossing, oxidation, withering, drying - sometimes some of the steps are repeated several times. You can find the specific steps behind each package. The productive life of tea bushes is around 100 years. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. If your black tea bushes die, we will replace them with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others.
Each season we will send you a box with: 2 x __“Georgian Breakfast”__, black tea (50 g each, zip bag) 3 x __“Renegade black”__, black tea (50 g each, zip bag) 1 x __ “Smooth Jazz”__, black tea (50 g, zip bag) 1 x __“Red Sunrise”__, dark oolong tea (50 g, zip bag) Long and cool winters in Georgia leave their mark on the tea. As a result Georgian black teas are delicate and sweet with lower astringency, compared with more intense teas from tropical tea-growing regions. Our __“Georgian Breakfast”__ is as bold as it gets here. While still giving you some needed kick in the morning, it’s smoother and lighter than the typical Assam breakfast teas. __“Renegade Black”__ is our namesake black tea - the typical smooth Georgian black tea, with sweet aftertaste, like someone had added just a tiny dash of honey to your tea. __“Smooth Jazz”__ as the name says, is the most well-rounded black tea in our selection. The best characteristics of the Georgian black tea are all well represented here - it’s aromatic, sweet and fruity. __“Red Sunrise”__ is a dark summer oolong with a flavor that has multiple layers, from tobacco to fruits and also some stronger tannins in the aftertaste. All our teas are single-origin, single batch (every harvest is processed and packaged separately, without mixing or blending) and without any flavoring or additives. Each tea bag has our suggestion for brewing the specific tea, but feel free to experiment to find your own perfect cup. We promise that all our teas keep their freshness in the unopened bag for at least 2 years. Once you have opened the bag, it would be best to consume the tea within one month. Black and green, dark and light teas come from the same plant, they are just differently harvested and processed. If you like green tea, have a look at [our other project](https://www.crowdfarming.com/en/farmer/renegade-tea-estate/up/buy-green-tea-renegade-tea-estate).
When will you receive it?
You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out. Among the tea growing regions, Georgia is one of the farthest from the equator, which means that our main harvest period is only 5 short months, from May to September. Once the season is finished, we package all the teas and send them to you. You will receive the box with teas in autumn and can find the dates below.