• 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...
  • Throwback to our first season as Renegades

    Throwback to our first season as Renegades

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    We have been home (in Estonia) for almost three months now. The end of the season got a bit of an unexpected ending for me and Kendrick. After a short visit to Estonia we were supposed to fly back to Georgia at the beginning of October, but the climate change and Estonian usual "pleasant" autumn weather cut both off our feet.
  • Two and a half years in Georgia

    Two and a half years in Georgia

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

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

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    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...
  • 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...
  • Back to the corporate world?

    Back to the corporate world?

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    The last 4 months have been everything I expected it to be. Those months have challenged me mentally and physically and for sure pushed my borders. It has been at times exhausting, but I have never had any regrets, not once. So, when I decided to accept a position as a temporary CEO of Nordica (Estonian national aviation group) two weeks ago, it was...
  • One month as a real farmer

    One month as a real farmer

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    I am old enough to know, that usually things do not go as planned and I was mentally prepared, that the beginning will not be easy. I also knew that I was largely on my own until our other team members arrive in mid-April. So, all in all, I can happily conclude, that everything has gone more or less as expected. Probably the most...
  • Cleaning of Renegade Estate

    Cleaning of Renegade Estate

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    The tea plantation, located near Opurchkheti, Imereti, had been abandoned for nearly 30 years. The fields were completely covered with weed and bushes, tea plants hidden under it. It was a plantation that was one of the last ones we found during our search. But it made an impression to us. Though it is located near the main road, once you stand in the...
  • We are the Renegades

    We are the Renegades

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    So, where does our name come from? Per se, Renegade is not necessarily a positive name. It is often referred to as an outlaw, deserter or something similarly negative. Usually, people don’t like disruptors, who do things differently and disregard the traditions or generally accepted behaviours. Still, we felt that exactly this name – Renegade – is the one that best characterizes the nature...
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