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Best teas for beginners

When you are just at the beginning of your tea-journey (kind of like us) and don’t really fall into the category of great tea experts who can evaluate tea by the looks of it, it can be quite difficult to choose the right tea from the seemingly neverending selection… To make the choice a bit easier for you, we chose one tea from each of the categories from Renegade e-shop that in our opinion are the best to get you started and would be easy to brew. There is no fear of those teas going bitter, even if you happen to forget your tea to steep for a bit too long! Let’s get started with green teas. Some people associate...

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What is white tea?

I think it was around 10 years ago when I got to know the taste of white tea. To be precise, it was a white iced tea, bought from a random supermarket. This was the time I fell in love with it. Before that I most likely didn’t know that this type of tea even exists. As I wrote in my first blog post, tea in general was not my cup of tea and I did not know much about it. Well.. actually I didn’t know anything :) It had its own really specific taste and I actually remember this first white tea experience as it was yesterday. I also remember that when Kristiina told me about growing and making tea...

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Moved my family to Georgia... Wait, what?

I am writing this blog post while sitting on the balcony of our home here in Georgia. It is about 30 degrees Celsius outside, the sun is out and I can feel a nice warm breeze on my face. There’s a view both to the Kutaisi city and to the snowy hilltops and I find myself thinking “WHAT? Is this for real?” It is even more surreal when I am standing in the middle of the tea fields, mountains in the background.

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Back to the future

About 10 months ago I was invited to take the role of interim CEO in Nordica (the national aviation company of Estonia) and steer it through the reorganization process. I was initially not very keen to leave our freshly established Tea Estate and objectively I knew that stabilizing a distressed company would not be a smooth ride, but in the end, I found enough reasons to accept it. You can find my thoughts from then here. After leaving my 11-year career in Lux Express behind and starting with our tea farm, I had been approached a few times by different companies, but I turned those offers down without much hesitation. What made this proposal different was that it was short term...

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Tea dictionary

What means what? Since usually no one really talks about how tea is processed, it can get a bit overwhelming for a tea novice to understand what is what and why is it there anyway. This small and very simplified tea dictionary can hopefully shed some light to the matter. I'm not a fan of complicated explanations, you should expect this from here either. Camellia Sinensis - in very easy terms it is the Latin name for the plant that is used to make tea. Camellia Sinensis is the base for both black, green, oolong, white and any other tea. This plant has many cultivars that vary from region to region and in our case even within the plantation. So...

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