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Two and a half years in Georgia

Season two at the Renegade Tea Estate has officially concluded as the last batch of our teas from Georgia has finally arrived in Tallinn. So, it is a proper time to make a small summary of the year we had at our Estate. To be honest, it was a tough one. Maybe not as nerve-wracking as the first season, but close enough. It's not that we had some unpleasant surprises or unexpected crises. It's more the constant struggle with a mixture of things - like our own incompetence and the steep learning curve in pretty much everything we do or the lack of funds or numerous other curveballs.  After two seasons, one thing is clear - we did not predict...

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How to have a tea tasting event like the Renegades

Guestpost by Silver Ader This is a quick guide to tea tasting, Renegade style. Read on to find out how to have a tea tasting event like professionals. If you have not heard of them yet, Renegade Tea Estate is an Estonian-Lithuanian joint venture in Georgia. Their mission is to revive the Georgian tea industry and making the best organic teas possible.  I had supported their Indiegogo campaign and followed them on socials since. After that one message led to another and... In 2019 September I visited them in Kutaisi, Georgia as a long-awaited part of an adventure trip to Georgia.  This is what their tea plantation in Opurchkheti looks like. The photo was taken on the following day. Soon after meeting...

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Daytrips from Kutaisi

Daytrips from Kutaisi Kutaisi is a perfect base to explore the Imereti region and actually the whole of Western Georgia. Everything from Batumi to the remote villages in the Caucasus is actually within a day-trip radius. Some of the places we have enjoyed the most ourselves: 1. Renegade Tea Estate - of course, firstly we invite you to visit our tea plantations! It's less than 15km from the centre of Kutaisi. Come and see how it looks when a tea plantation has been abandoned for 25 years and learn what we have done to make them productive again. And of course, we can show around in our tea factory, explain how tea is made and taste it as well. Learn...

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What is behind organic fairtrade loose leaf tea?

As consumers, we are looking more and more what is not only good for us but what is also good for the environment and for the people who produce the things. Therefore our hands often reach out to products labelled with all kinds of certification stickers - Fairtrade, organic, Rainforest Alliance etc. But do we really know what is behind those names? And does the certification "organic fairtrade tea" always promise that it is actually organic and that the people behind it do get a fair share of the profits? When we started in the world of tea, we found out that it is not only those romantic and beautiful scenes what we have been used to seeing on the...

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