• Trapped in Georgia - how 10 days turned into 5 months.

    Trapped in Georgia - how 10 days turned into 5 months.

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    I know we are all sick and tired of Covid, but I thought it's still worth to put down my thoughts of those 5 months when we were unintentionally stuck in Georgia. If not anything else, then it is at least interesting for myself to read it after a year or two :D It all started when we flew to Kutaisi at the beginning...
  • From an abandoned jungle to a working tea plantation. Part two.

    From an abandoned jungle to a working tea plantation. Part two.

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    Read the pre-story here. 1. The first shoots come out... So, we cleaned the first plantation, Renegade Estate, in the winter of 2017-2018.  After finishing the cleaning works, there were 4 long months of waiting until we saw that tea was actually starting to come back on most parts of the plantation. During this time we heard a lot of opinions that we should...
  • From an abandoned jungle to a working tea plantation- what does it take?

    From an abandoned jungle to a working tea plantation- what does it take?

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    If you have been following us, you have heard a lot that there’s a lot of work and little harvest at the moment since the bushes need time to recover. But maybe you haven’t really dug deep into the story of how we started? So, here’s an overview of how we turned one of our plantations (there’s 3), Renegade Estate, from a complete jungle...
  • Tea and Georgia - what have you taught me?

    Tea and Georgia - what have you taught me?

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    So, at the beginning of 2018, I had just left my job in Estonia, preparing to become a tea farmer in Georgia. Even now it sounds a bit crazy when writing it down :) Did the year go as I visioned? Of course not! But it didn’t also go worse or better, it just went differently. Because, if you have never lived in that specific country and you...
  • Lessons of Shifu

    Lessons of Shifu

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    I guess it’s clear that being newbies in the tea field, we need some help from experts. We were in contact with a few and we researched and read a lot ourselves as well, but already at the beginning of the season, we felt that we need someone with a wide experience to come and see our plants, the soil and the climate to give us...
  • Why did the Georgian tea industry collapse?

    Why did the Georgian tea industry collapse?

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    With its subtropical climate, western Georgia is an ideal place to grow tea. Chilly nights and cold winter months prevent disease and therefore there is no need to use pesticides which makes the conditions great to produce organic tea. The cool climate together with acidic soil gives also a special taste and aroma to the tea – the leaves mature more slowly and result...
  • Why did I decide to become a tea farmer?

    Why did I decide to become a tea farmer?

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    I have never been a teaholic, I have started my mornings with a cup of coffee and honestly still do, but I have also enjoyed tea every other evening or so. A year ago I was ok drinking tea made with a teabag and didn’t know that black tea and green tea come from the same plant. Also, it was news to me that black...
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