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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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Where to find the best organic black tea?

The world of tea makes your head spin with their big headlines that they have the best organic black tea, the healthiest green teas and the rarest oolongs. So, how is one suppose to know what is the best tea out there? We believe that there is no one best tea out there. It doesn’t really matter which tea is claimed to superb or the most exquisite. What you like and enjoy is what matters. And this is something that only you can decide, no other person can tell you that. So, even if we really hope you like our teas, it is up to you if you really do like them. So, we’re not saying that ours is the...

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What to do in Kutaisi

More often than not, I see people leaving Kutaisi out of their travel plans when coming to Georgia. Maybe half a day after the arrival or half a day before the departure, because people don't know what to do in Kutaisi.  It is true that Kutaisi is not a typical tourist hotspot and it's challenging to stay in competition with Tbilisi, seaside, wine regions, mountains and everything else you have in Georgia. But after calling Kutaisi my second home for nearly 2 years, I have started to appreciate the place more and more - its people, its slow and relaxed beat...So, if you want to sense the true authentic Georgia, but are not into hiking boots or giving up your wifi...

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Differences between Orthodox and CTC teas

If you are not deep in the world of tea you may have never heard that there are such ways of tea production as CTC and Orthodox. But what we definitely have heard from many of Renegade tea drinkers, who were not that much into tea previously, is that the teas they received from Georgia, have a much sweeter and fresher taste than any of the teas they had tasted before. By the end of this article, you might have a better understanding of why it is so.  First of all, let’s break it down real quick- what is CTC and what is Orthodox tea Orthodox (or handmade) tea making is the traditional style of tea processing, hence the name....

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