Spring Tea from Renegade Tea Estate

0.35 kg/doos

Spring Tea from Renegade Tea Estate

0.35 kg/doos

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Specificaties
Inhoud van de doos: 1 doos bevat 0.35kg van lentethee
Variëteit: Camellia sinensis sinensis en Camellia sinensis assamica hybriden
Spring teas are usually the most sought after ones, with more flavours, more sweetness, and more layers - this is what spring teas are about
2 x “Tulip Garden”, green tea (50g, zip bag): overall smooth and sweet profile, with intense flavours, high content of amino acids and volatile compounds, and roasted at a lower temperature that enhances the flavour and gives tea more layers
1 x “Renegade Life”, green tea (50g, zip bag): a true renegade among the green teas, only made during the first weeks of May when the nights are still cold, and we start the processing the same way as we would make black tea; more than 15 hours of overnight withering and high temperature drying gives this tea a specific nutty profile
1 x “Berry Breeze”, spring black tea (50g, zip bag): light spring black tea that is produced only in May from the first spring leaves, fresh and fruity with the notes of hibiscus and raspberries
2 x “Burnished Beauty”, black tea (50g, zip bag): a classic Georgian spring black tea with a lighter colour than the summer editions, it has an edgy aroma of wet wood and ripe fruits, but a mild and pleasant flavour of dried fruits and dark chocolate
1 x “Lazy Morning”, oolong tea (50g, zip bag): one of our most sought after teas, very aromatic and with a lot of sweetness and many different layers, with lilacs and jasmine both in the aroma and in the taste; brew the same leaves a second time and you get a slightly less floral and intense flavour, but an overall sweeter cup of tea for your lazy weekend morning
All our teas are single-origin, single batch (every harvest is processed and packaged separately, without mixing or blending) and without any flavouring or additives
Each tea bag has our suggestion for how to brew the specific tea, but feel free to experiment to find your own perfect cup
Farming in conversion to Organic Farming since 2020
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
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Omschakeling naar biologische landbouw
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Boer 360
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Zonder pesticiden
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Familieboerderij
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Bezoekers van harte welkom
Hannes Saarpuu
My name is Hannes and I am 42 years old. I grew up in a small town in the Estonian countryside. My parents had a small farm, where our family was growing everything from potatoes to apples, we had also chicken, pigs and even a couple of cows for some period. So I am not completely new to agriculture. However, when I left to study in the capital, farm life remained just a distant memory. I had a good career in business, working at some point as CEO of Estonian national airline company and before that many years as a CEO of a mid-size bus and coach company with almost 500 workers in 5 countries. But as years passed, I started to think that I would return to the countryside one day. Though, I must admit I would never have imagined that it would be a tea farm in Georgia, 3000 km away from home. But this is not a one-man-project, this is much more: Our Renegade farmers team consists of 7 people from Estonia and Lithuania: Tomas, Mario, Priit, Kristiina, Miina, Hanna and Hannes. We got to know each other as we all worked together in one company some years ago. We have quite a bit of diversity. Some of us are below 30 and some of us above 40. Our education varies from chemical engineering to marketing. We have introverts and extroverts, some of us are slow methodical thinkers and others have a quick fuse. What we share in common is a passion for ethical business, sustainability and good customer experience. And since 2017 - some damn good Georgian tea. While we all contribute to farm works, each of us have a focus area as well - myself and Tomas, we are tea makers, spending our days in the factory. Mario takes care of the packaging and logistics, Priit sends out the tea from Estonia and Kristiina, Miina and Hanna take care of the sales and marketing. And of course we all step in wherever we are needed during the busy harvest season. We decided to join CrowdFarming, because we believe it really clicks well with our own philosophy and the goal we had in mind when we started our journey - people buying their food directly from the “next door farmers” - farmers they know and trust to bring them fresh and healthy food.
Renegade Tea Estate
Renegade Tea Estate’s story started in early 2017, when Hannes and Kristiina stumbled on the fascinating story of tea growing in Georgia. 40 years ago, all of Western Georgia was covered by thousands of big and small tea plantations, and there were 150’000 people in villages and smaller cities directly employed by the industry. Everything changed with the collapse of Soviet Union in 1990-s. As the whole industry crashed in just 5 short years (1990-1995) with the production volumes dropping by 95%, all those people were suddenly unemployed and the region has never fully recovered from the shock. Decades later, hundreds of tea fields are still there – waiting for someone to give them a second lease of life. This was the moment when our story as Renegade farmers started. Soon Hannes and Kristiina were joined by Priit, Tomas, Hanna, Mario and Miina to form our current team. What we also learned was that Georgia is actually one of the best places to grow high quality organic tea, because the long and cold winters give the tea its specific sweet and mellow flavor and at the same time eliminate all the bugs and illnesses, that are a huge challenge in most tea growing regions. It didn’t take us long to make up our mind, that this is a call we can’t ignore. Soon we had left our careers in our home countries behind and found ourselves in Georgia, looking for a plantation to rehabilitate. It took us months to visit more than 50 abandoned plantations in far corners of Western Georgia, before we settled on the 3 plantations we are operating now. We named our farm Renegade Tea Estate. We felt that this was the right name because we feel ourselves as rebels and renegades in the tea industry. The tea world is heavily dominated by mass market commodity teas, huge corporations exploiting the workers and countless middlemen, each promising to provide you with the most unique and tasty teas. Our idea was different, not centered around tea itself, but around the people - people in the Georgian villages, ourselves and our customers. We wanted to provide work for the people in the villages and offer our customers the opportunity to grow tea together with us, even if in reality they are thousands of kilometers away. We want to be the next-door tea farmers - transparent, honest and in daily communication with our community. All our 3 plantations are located on the mountainous hillsides just 10-20 kilometers north of Kutaisi and they are still very much “work in progress”. After almost 30 years without human interventions, they were heavily overgrown with weeds (mainly fern and blackberries) and partly with trees. In addition to this, you can find on our lands mulberry trees, wild plums and lemons, Bilberry bushes and a lot of rhododendrons and other flowery bushes. Wildlife is represented by numerous lizards and birds, occasional snakes, deers, half-wild horses and of course - the roaming cows from nearby villages that will happily eat our tea, whenever they manage to break into our fields. We see that the ecosystem is changing every year and diversity of different plants on our fields is increasing, as we suppress the dominating fast-growing weed like fern. Still, weed-fighting remains a major challenge even 3 years after the initial clean-up. We use regular mechanical removal with hoes as the main weeding practice in our plantations. On the positive side, the removed fern gives us an abundance of mulch to use as a natural fertilizer. We have kept many trees and planting even more because they provide shade to the tea bushes. Now that we have given the tea plants room to grow in freedom again, we can see many bees and birds returning, using the bushes as food or shelter. During the winter period our plantations are visited by herds of wild horses, who stroll around the quiet plantation and therefore also fertilize it. Another focus area has been the overall infrastructure, everything from access roads to drainage systems and other basic facilities was in ruins when we started. Luckily it rains a lot in Western Georgia, so at least the irrigation is not a priority at this point. But in general, it still takes years to bring our plantations up to the modern standards in every aspect. As we are still building up our operations our local workers team is also under constant change. Already today we employ more than 50 people from nearby villages during the season, but most of them work only part-time. So far the main priority has been weed control, but as the tea bushes grow and mature, the focus will gradually shift towards harvesting, which we do only manually, to ensure the highest quality of the leaf. We expect that once our plantations are fully mature in 4 years, we can provide stable income for at least 50 households. To ensure the quality of our teas, we put a special focus on the harvesting and selecting the best leaves for the processing. As the tea bush is growing, the bud and 1-2 fresh leaves have the highest concentration of amino-acids, essential oils and antioxidants. Amino acids and essential oils give tea its flavor and taste. To make sure that we deliver high quality products, we only use hand-harvesting and only pluck shoots, that include bud and up to 2 fresh leaves.
Technische informatie
Adres
Renegade Tea Estate, Kutaisi, GE
Hoogte
400m
Team
3 women and 4 men
omvang
30ha
landbouwtechnieken
Conversion to Organic Farming
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